Friday, April 02, 2010

What is the purpose of Freemasonry?

"The purpose of Freemasonry is not charity nor is it a fraternal society. These are but attributes which have developed. The real purpose of Masonry is the eternal search for truth, the truth about God, and the immortality of the soul. The various degrees represent the different levels through which the human mind passes while moving from ignorance to knowledge. The collecting of all the symbols and mysteries throughout the ages is but man's search for the divine truth. As we say in our ritual, 'from darkness to light.'" — Rt. Ex. William Adrian Brown (Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Virginia), "Facts, Fables and Fantasies of Freemasonry," Missouri Lodge of Research, 1968

The above quote is the basis for an excellent article titled "From Darkness to Light," on one of my favorite Masonic blogs, Three Ruffians.


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5 comments:

  1. From what I can tell American Freemasonry's purpose is to protect its territorial Jurisdictions from invasion and stay out of other GL's racists behavior?

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    1. I can see how it could appear that way at times.

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  2. Freemasonry achieve happiness through the pursuit of learning the game. The final product, I believe, is to make you a better person. Along the way and have fun. Fellowship and make friends along the way is the icing on the cake.


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  3. Freemasonry is, in essence, means the celebration of the approach to the truth, and the meaning and purpose of the ritual to him at the moment, but little understood by the majority of our brothers.



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    1. I totally agree with this comment. If brothers were more well read and took time to reflect on the ritual, they'd see that the craft is more important that it appears on the surface.

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