Have You Considered Ever Becoming A Mason?
If you have given thought to becoming a Freemason then it is time that you learned as to what Freemasonry stands for and practices.
Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world. It is founded on the purest principles of piety and virtue and has subsisted from time immemorial. It?s members Worldwide have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Supreme Court Chief Justices, Generals, Admirals, Members of the Armed Forces, Corporate CEOs, Opera and Movie stars, Statesmen, Lawyers, Doctors, Scientists, Businessmen, Bureaucrats and probably your next door neighbour.
Yes Masonry is always ready to welcome good and upright men into the Fraternity. It?s ready to welcome you if in your heart you can answer yes to these few questions.
ü Do you believe in God?
No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your individual faith is ? that is a faith between you and your God ? but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being. Masons Practice their own faith and have a healthy respect and tolerance for other faiths. We believe on the right of each person to think for himself in Religious, Social and Political matters.
ü Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you do?
Masonry teaches us that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others too. To improve the morals and correct the manners of men must be our constant care. We must make our world a better place to live in. It could mean cleaning the environment, working on civic projects, helping the distressed and needy the old and the handicapped, being good to your neighbor, friend and family. The world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
ü Do you believe in Charity?
Freemasons believe it is more blessed to give than receive. Masons are involved with soothing the problems, needs and afflictions of others because we know that it gives each of us a good feeling, unlike any other feeling to help. Much of our help is rendered anonymously and without any publicity. We are not after gratitude, we are more than amply rewarded by that joy and happiness which comes from knowing that we have in our own small way helped another person overcome some adversity or calamity so that their life can go on.
ü Are you willing to give help to your brother masons when they need it, and in turn accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help, not just financial help, but help in the true sense of being there when needed, giving your support and lending a sympatethic ear.
ü Do you believe that one should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?
Masons believe that a country is strong so long as freedom, equality, Justice and opportunity are afforded to all. He supports its laws and authority when they are just and equitably applied. We uphold the principles of good government and oppose every influence that would divide or weaken it in a degrading manner.
Masons know that self ? development is more precious than wealth, position or power.
ü Do you agree that man should show compassion for others, that the goodness of the heart is among the most important of human values?
Masonry teaches us that although all men are fallible and capable of wrong, when they discover the goodness of the heart, then they have found the true essence of virtue. We believe that age demands respect and reverence, to have tenderness towards those in suffering, to have kindness and compassion to our fellow man and a desire to do right because it is right.
If you have answered Yes to the above then you should seriously consider yourself on becoming a freemason.
Freemasonry offers much to its members ? it gives you the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to respect values and to build a better world for our children. It offers you the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals, the men who have answered yes to the above questions.
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a bond that holds us together to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak ill of each other. We believe that we should maintain an attitude of good will and promote unity and harmony in the relations with one another, our family and our community. We call this way of life as the Brotherhood of man.
The night has a thousand lights ? the day but one ? yet the light of the whole world dies with the dying sun. Freemasonry is that light.
If you have considered becoming a Mason ? We?d like a chance to talk with you.
Compiled by W.Bro Susheel Bhalla ? Lodge Srinivasa Gopala No 190.