What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. It's members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbor. And Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity. It's ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer "yes" to a few questions.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?
Freemasonry teaches that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty - that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
Do you believe in God?
No atheist can become a member of a Freemasonry Lodge. Masons do not care what your individual faith is Â that is a question between you and your God - but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.
Are you willing to allow others the same right to their own beliefs that you insist on yourself?
Masons insists on toleration - on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.
Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to walk or read or see - the world should be a better place because we have passed through it.
Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive, it's also more fun?
Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling - unlike any other - to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We're not after gratitude, we're more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?
Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that's there too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.
Do you feel that there's something more to life than just financial success?
Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development, but they are no substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.
Do you believe that a person 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, and the opportunity for human development is afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principles of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.
Do you agree that man should show compassion for others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.
Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together - a private friendship that tells us we owe it to each other to be just in our dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony in his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Masons call this way of life believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every Mason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one the of greatest forces for good in the world.
IF YOU ANSWERED "YES", YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BECOMING A MASON.
Freemasonry offers much to its members - the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. It offers the chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and idealsÂmen who have answered "YES" to these questions.
Pretty Noble pursuits, however, this is only the outer rim of what it means to be a Mason.
Essentially Masons are tradesmen. Men forming a bond who have learned a skill in building. There is Operative Masonry which is the actual practice of constructing with stone, and then there is the esoteric end, the speculative masonry which delves into the construction of the inner house..The Self.
All Mason who progress through the three degrees are taught the Legend of a skilled Architect named cHiram Abiff. The Bible metions Hiram of Tyre as a King and Hiram Abiff as Huram Abi (Chronicles 2:13).
Hiram was a native of the ancient city of Tyre. He was a Master architect. While overseeing the construction of Solomon's Temple Hiram fell victim to a plot of 15 conspirators, the conspirators agreed to force the secret knowledge from Hiram. Eventually 12 of the conspirators decided against the assault however three Ruffians decided to go forward with the plan. The Three Ruffians essentially corner Hiram Abiff and chase Him through the Temple strikinghim with craft tools while demanding the secrets he possessed, eventually they kill him.
They seek to hide what they have done to the Master architect and so hide his body in the North west near the Temple in a shallow grave...Eventually a search is conducted for the lost Architect, however nce he is found no one is able to raise him for the grave..It requires a visitation from the East by the Worshipful Master, King Solomon, who takes hold of the body with what is called "The Lion's Paw".
Hiram is raised and properly laid to rest.
It is painfully obvious that this story is a remake of the ancient story of Ausar of KMT.
But this story is much more profound and it can be proven that it points to a much moreprofound truth which has been hidden for a long time...
The candidate into the mysteries learns this story, and is taken through a ritual in which he is raised himself from the darkness into the light. The candidate is blinfolded, disoriented..he is required to wear a hangmen's knoose around the neck reminiscent of the heretics of Europe.
What does all of this actually mean??...Why is it important? Why is it that every major event in the western world is tied to this order in some way?
I will say this..Masonry is an introduction into the true operation of this world. The mason learns the allegory which he very rarely understands...the true candidate travels through the degree 1 thru 3 and then into the auxillary degrees in the Scottish rite up to 32 or 33 degrees.. Even after acheiving the 33 degree the candidate is only ready for further initiation...
A person of such degrees may venture into the Rosy Cross (rosicrucianism) or they may decide to go to the Arabic order of Islamic Nobles..And become a Moslem Shriner..
Some of you would be very surprised to know who among you is on this path..How many black leaders are members of the Shriners and keep a Holy Qur'an in secrecy..People like The Reverend Jesse Jackson..
Masonry was developed to civilize a barbaric people that the people of Ancient Egypt called Tamhu. These were European whites who had invaded the ancient world...
I will work to make more sense of this later..