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Sunday, June 20, 2010

24th June

                       THE FREEMEN

Dear Brethren,


Sr. No 2/8 originally published on Dated 1st August, 2007


One of the primary purposes of Freemasonry is the education of its members. Unfortunately, as the pressure of time and business conspire to constrain the intellectual activity of our Lodges, real Masonic education and inquiry are among the first pursuits to be jettisoned from our regular agenda. Education and reflection on Masonic issues used to be much more of a central part of the business of a Masonic Lodge than it is today. Too often we become what I call as “parrot Masons” ­ Masons who become quite proficient at learning words and directions but who give little or no attention to the philosophy behind those words or ‘Why we do’ ‘What we do’.

It is proper then that as we celebrate 24th of June as Brotherhood Day or the feast day of St. John the Baptist, we pause a few minutes to consider the history and background of this Day / celebration.

UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD DAY – JUNE 24TH
FEAST DAY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST – JUNE 24TH

Brotherhood day of 24th June has its origin as far back as the Fraternity itself. The Fraternity is descended from the times of King Solomon’s and Hiram Abif, the Widow’s son i.e. from the times of Druids and other truly ancient Celtic priesthoods of the sun. During that period the only religion was sun worship - the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun. During entirely pagan and pre-Christian, these sun priests claimed as their holiest days the summer solstice (24th June) and winter solstice (27th December) ­ the day when the sun shines the most and the day when it shines the least. As masons had to come from far and wide, the day of summer solstice i.e. 24th June was chosen for the annual festival as the day was the longest on this day and after the annual festival brethren could reach their homes. There were no tube lights or lanterns to guide them and Sun light was their only guide. Hence 24th June - the day of summer solstice was chosen as the annual brotherhood day for all masons.

In Constantine’s day, Rome’s official religion was sun worship the cult of Sol Invictus, or the Invincible Sun and Constantine was its head priest. Unfortunately for him, a growing religious turmoil was gripping Rome. Three centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Christ’s followers had multiplied exponentially. Christians and pagans began warring, and the conflict grew to such proportions that it threatened to rend Rome in two. Constantine decided something had to be done. In 325 A.D. he convened “Council of Nicea” to resolve the conflict and to unify Rome under a single religion. Divinity of “Jesus Christ” was voted upon after more than three hundred years of his death. (Until that moment in history, Jesus was considered a mortal human being). Jesus as “Son of God’ was for the 1st time officially proposed and voted upon in the council of Nicea in AD 325. After heated debate, Jesus was officially declared as “Son of God”. At this gathering many aspects of Christianity were also debated and voted upon.

To bring harmony between followers of Jesus and orthodox religion of “Nature Worship or Sun Worship” King Constantine decided Transmogrification, Hence the symbols and festive days of Sun worship were converged in Christian symbology. The day of summer solstice i.e. 24th June became the Festive day of St. John the Baptist. The day of winter solstice i.e. 27th December became the Festive day of St. John the Evangelist. Egyptian sun discs became the halos of Catholics saints. Pictogram of Isis nursing her miraculously conceived son Horus became Virgin Mary nursing baby Jesus. The day of 25th December the date of birth of the pre-Christian God Mithras – also known as the “Son of God” became the date of birth of Jesus Christ. By the way 25th December is also the date of birth of Osiris, Adonis, and Dionysus. Originally, Christianity honored the Jewish Sabbath of Saturday, but Constantine shifted it to coincide with the pagans veneration day of the sun. To this day, most churchgoers attend services on Sunday morning with no idea that they are there on account of the pagan sun gods weekly tribute to ‘Sun’ day.

King Constantine was himself a life long pagan but was also a very good businessman. He could see that Christianity was on the rise, and he simply backed the winning horse. Historians still marvel at the brilliance with which Constantine converted the sun worshipping pagans to Christianity. By fusing pagan symbols, dates, and rituals into the growing Christian tradition, he created a kind of hybrid religion that was acceptable to both parties.

Saint John the Baptist has as much to do with 24th June & Freemasonry as Buddha.

24th June an Ancient festival day.
24th June 1894, Olympics games are revived by french man Pierre de Coubertin who established International Olympic Committee.

Another parallel to the Masonic brotherhood day of 24th June was the day the Olympics were held in those days. The pentacle is a pre-Christian symbol that relates to Nature worship. The Pentacle is representative of Goddess Venus or Planet Venus. Planet Venus traced a perfect pentacle across the ecliptic sky every eight years. The ancients were astonished by the drawing of pentacle in sky by planet Venus that Venus and Pentacle were regarded as symbol of perfection and beauty. As a tribute to the magic of Venus, the Greeks used her eight year cycle to organize their Olympics Games. The Olympics started out in 776 BC as a religious festival honoring the chief Greek Deity Zeus. Originally staged in Olympia, near Zeus’s sanctuary, the games are Pagan origins. As the people had to come from far of places, the games were held on 24th June which was the longest day of the year i.e. summer solstice. These continued for twelve centuries until A.D. 393 when Roman Emperor Theodosius declared “Games Over”. The modern Olympics were revived on 24th June 1894 by Pierre de Coubertin after a hiatus of 1500 years. Nowadays the modern Olympics still follows the half year cycle of Planet Venus. The five pointed star of Pentacle had almost become the official seal of Olympic Games but was replaced at the last moment. Its five points exchanged with five rings to better reflect the games spirit of harmony and inclusion.

24th June and Masonic History.
24th June 1314 was the end of Battle of Bannockburn.
Like it or not the History of Knight Templars cannot be disassociated from the history of Freemasons. I had stated in my News letter S. No 1/4 of 1st October, 2006 the history of Knight Templars till October 13, 1307-1314. As Templars were being persecuted across Europe because of Papal Bull, the Scotland was one of the countries were they took refuge. Papal Bulls were meaningless there. King Robert the Bruce had been excommunicated by Rome in 1305 after murdering John Comyn, his rival for the Scottish throne. Scotland was at war with England.
On 24th June 1314, King Robert the Bruce defeated the English King Edward II at Bannockburn by Stirling Castle. According to an account written by a Scottish chronicler, British armies who were numerically and strategically much superior to the Scottish army were on top until, after hours of fierce fighting, the Scottish ranks were swollen by the sudden appearance of a troop of skilled warriors who were infact Knight Templars, offering their services in gratitude to King Robert for offering them safe haven from Catholic persecution. The English army saw them and believing that another army much better trained then their own English army has joined the Scottish army, the British army ran away leading to victory for King Robert the Bruce on 24th June 1314.

24th June 1717, four London lodges decided to form Grand Lodge of England. (There were more than four lodges in London at that time and there were more lodges outside London i.e. in York etc.) These four lodges that were afterwards named Lodge No 1, which met at the Goose and Gridiron alehouse in St Paul’s Churchyard; Lodge No 2, which met at the Crown alehouse in Parker’s Lane, near Drury Lane; Lodge No 3 which met at Apple Tree Tavern in Charles Street, Convent Garden and Lodge No 4, which met at the Rummer and Grapes tavern in Channel Row, Westminster. The members of these four lodges held a meeting at Apple Tree Tavern in Charles Street, Convent Garden, the meeting place of Lodge No 3, in February 1717 and decided to form a Grand Lodge. They met on the annual festival day of 24th June, 1717 at the Goose and Gridiron alehouse in St Paul’s Churchyard, the meeting place of Lodge No 1, and by show of hands elected Anthony Sayer, ‘Gentleman’ as their Grand Master. Next Year, on 24th June 1718, Brother Payne was elected Grand Master. On 24th June 1719, John Theophilus Desaguliers was elected Grand Master. Then on 24th June 1720, Payne was elected Grand Master for the second time. On 24th June 1721, the Duke of Montagu was chosen as Grand Master, and thereafter for the next 278 years every Grand Master has always been either a noble man or a member of the royal Family. At this meeting of the Grand Lodge held on 24th June 1720, it was decided that the Grand wardens should no longer be elected, but should be appointed by the Grand Master, who could appoint a deputy Master and two Grand wardens to assist him.

KAPS

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Jokes

                       THE FREEMEN

Dear Brethren,

A man had been convicted of murder and was about to be hanged. Just before the sentence was executed, the hangman asked the man if he had any last words.

"Yes" came his reply, "I hate Masons!"

"Why do you hate Masons?" asked the hangman.

"The man I killed was a Mason," explained the murderer, "the sheriff who hunted me down was a Mason, the Prosecutor who tried my case was a Mason, the Judge who presided at the trial was a Mason, and all of the men on the jury who found me guilty and said I should be hanged were Masons!"

"Is that all?" asked the hangman.

"Yes" replied the convicted murder.

"Then you will advance one step with your left foot..."

…….

After receiving his entered apprentice degree the candidate returned home. His wife asked him what happened to him. Recalling that he couldn't give up the secrets of that degree all he could muster was, "Well honey, there were a lot of walkers, talkers and preachers."

With a somewhat confused look on her face she asked what he meant.

He explained, "Well, I couldn't see anybody in the room and was guided around. I would stop then somebody would talk. Then I was guided around by someone else, was stopped, then somebody else talked."

His wife then asked, "That explains the walkers and talkers ... what about the preachers?"

He pondered for a moment then finally replied, "Well, often when somebody finished talking I would hear some other people whispering 'Oh, God!'

……….

A Mason was telling a fellow Mason about the trouble he was having with his ritual. His friend said he knew a Brother down the road who sells parrots that know the ritual and then prompt you when you have any trouble.
So the next day off he went to the shop. After strict examination, the owner pulled a curtain to reveal three parrots. The first was wearing a Master's apron, the second had on a MM apron, and the third bore a Grand Lodge apron.

"How much is the one with the Master's apron on?"

"$6000. He knows all the ritual including the inner workings, and will always prompt you when you get stuck"

"No, too expensive. What about the one with the MM apron on?"

"Well, that one is only $3,000. He doesn't know the inner workings, but knows all the ritual and will always prompt you when learning."

"No, still too much I'm afraid. What about the one wearing the Grand Lodge apron?"

"Oh, I can let you have him for just 10 bucks!"

"Why so cheap? He must know all the ritual and the inner workings?"
"Oh yes, he knows all the ritual alright. But when you make a mistake all he does is sit there and mutter 'Tut, tut, tut

……..

A wife heard her husband come back into the house not too long after he had left for the night.

She said, "Honey, I thought you were going to your lodge meeting."

"It was postponed." He replied. "The wife of the Grand Exalted Invincible Supreme wouldn't let him attend tonight."

……..

A man is walking through the recreation ground of his local park when he notices a huge fight in full fury on the football pitch he is passing.

"What's going on?", he asks a spectator watching from the side-lines.
The other replies "It's a match between the Masons and the Knights of St Columbus."
"What's the score?" asks the first man.
"I don't know, it's a secret."

………

Whilst visiting a newly initiated brother at home one day, his wife took me to one side and said her husband had started behaving very strangely since joining. I enquired in what way?

"He locks himself in the toilet for hours on end mumbling to himself with his little blue book."

As the evening proceeded I turned the talk to lodge, and asked him how he was getting on.

"Oh fine was his reply." I asked him about his behavior and if there was anything wrong.

"No", was his reply.

"So why only read the book in the bathroom?

"Well," he said "Its the only TYLED room in the house"....

………

Sunday, June 6, 2010

3000 years old freemasonry

This month is dedicated to “Secret Brotherhood”

                       THE FREEMEN

Dear Brethren,

S No 1 /2 originally published on Dated 1st August 2006


In early days of civilization, people’s religion was “Nature Worship” or “Sun Worship” i.e. “Sol Invictus”, or the Invincible Sun.

The Opening of Lodge:

W. M. (to I.P.M.) --The M…..’s Place?
I.P.M. -- in the E….
W.M. -- Why is he placed there ?
I.P.M. – As the S.. r…. .. … East to open … ……. … d.., so the W.M. is p..... .. the e…

Even today our weekly off day is SUN day or RAVI var. RAVI is Hindi name of SUN.

Those who believe that freemasonry started from 1717 cannot be more further from the truth.

Jesus Christ is direct descendant of the line of King Solomon and King David. (Jesus. The Great Biography. Stanley Solana British Library 920 .SOL)

King Solomon’s Temple: David, the first king of Israel, wanted to build a temple for the king of kings, his God. In a dream, God told David that the temple could not be built by him because he was a man of war and had spilled too much blood. The temple would be built by his son, Solomon, who would enjoy peace during his reign so that the temple might be built. Although he did not build the temple, King David planned it and gathered much of the materials. After David’s death, Solomon issued orders for construction of the first temple. He called upon the Phoenicians, who were expert builders, to assist, and the temple was in fact modeled on Phoenician temples of the time. Construction of Solomon’s Temple on Mount Moriah in what is now in Jerusalem was an enormous task, involving tens of thousands of people and requiring seven years, being completed in 953 B.C.
The Solomanic temple differed from other temples in the ancient world by virtue of having no idol. This reflected the belief that idols were not needed for God to be present; the temple was built because of the people needs not God’s. Subsequent history of the temple involves a regular cycle of destruction. The original temple was destroyed by Neubuchadnezzar in 586 B.C. Seventy years later, the second temple was destroyed by the Romans in A.D.70.
Today the site is the location of al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Rosslyn Chapel – often called the Cathedral of Codes stands seven miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland, on the site of an ancient Mithraic temple. Built by the knights Templar in 1446. The Knights Templar had designed Rosslyn Chapel as an exact architectural blueprint of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem complete with a west wall, a narrow rectangular sanctuary, and a subterranean vault like the Holy of Holies. Work on the Rosslyn Chapel also known as the Cathedral of Codes began in 1446 at the behest of Sir William St. Clair or Sinclair, a hereditary grand master of the Scottish Masons. Sir William exercised personal control of the chapel’s construction, which halted shortly after his death in 1484. Only the choir the part of the church occupied by the choir and the clergy where services are performed is completed.

The chapel’s geographic coordinates fall precisely on the north south meridian that runs through Glastonbury. This longitudinal Rose Line is the traditional marker of King Arthur’s Isle of Avalon and is considered the central pillar of Britain’s sacred geometry. It is from this hallowed Rose Line that Rosslyn – originally spelled Roslin takes its name. The Knights Templar had also been master stonemasons, erecting Templar churches all over Europe, but Roslin was considered their most sublime labor of love and veneration. The master masons had left no stone uncarved to build the Roslin Chapel. Roslin Chapel is a shrine to all faiths . . . . to all traditions. . . . and, above all, to nature.

Scottish Masonic groups have been seen as some of the heirs to the Templar tradition.

Temple Church :- Lies on Inner Lane, Off Fleet Street, London. Once the epicenter of all Templar activities in the United Kingdom, the Temple Church had been so named in honor of Solomon’s Temple, from which the Knights Templar had extracted their own title. It was during the reign of King Henry II, the grand master of Knights Templars who superintended the masons and employed them in building their Temple in fleet street, London in AD 1155. Masonry continued under his patronage till the year 1199, when John succeeded his brother Richard in the Crown of England. Temple Church was Consecrated on the tenth of February in 1185 by Heraclius, Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Temple Church survived eight centuries of political turmoil, the Great Fire of London, and the First World War, only to be heavily damaged by Luftwaffe incendiary bombs on 10th May, 1941. After the war, it was restored to its original grandeur.

The evidence that World WAR 1 was initiated and was a Masonic conspiracy is evidenced in Temple church which lists several of the brethren who were killed in achieving the aim of freemasonry during WW 1.



KAPS

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Brother is a Brother

THIS MONTH IS DEDICATED TO “SECRET BROTHERHOOD”

                       THE FREEMEN

Dear Brethren,
Sr. No 1/1 originally published on 1st July, 2006


A BROTHER IS A BROTHER ...

Many years after the civil war had ended, a son of brother L.J.Williams of Downville Lodge No.464, New York reported in Lodge of a story his father had told him of an Masonic experience he had during the war.

When the war broke out the entered apprentice arid the Fellow craft degrees had been conferred on him in New York. He went out in defense of his country without having been raised to the degree of Master Mason. It was-his misfortune te be taken a prisoner of war while at or near Savannah, Georgia.

While he lay in the southern prison he communicated through letters with some of his friends in the north. His, lodge in New, York, through proper officials, got in touch with Serubbabellodgein savannah and made the request that the, savannah lodge, as a favour to the brethren of the north, confer the Master Masons degree on the Fellowcraft brother, I..J.Williams.

One night my father was taken -from his prison cell and conducted to the savannah Lodge room. It was a remarkable occasion. He wore his Bedraggled blue uniform, a token of his sympathy with the cause of the north. All of the chairs were occupied by confederate officers. He was surrounded by men who wore the gray. They were on opposite sides of struggle to the death, but they were brethren. Then and there he was raised a Master mason and acclaimed a friend and brother by his enemies.

But the more significant feature of the story was yet to follow. For on the same night my father escaped from his prison and joined his companions of the north. I have visited Savahnah since then and looked up the record of his raising. In red ink, on the same page that records the fact that the degree was there conferred, is the brief annotation: "on this night Brother Williams escaped from prison."

I have talked with my father about the matter a number of times. When asked about his 'escape' he always smiles peculiarly. You may put it down as an escape, he told me, but it wasn't an escape, strictly speaking. For on that night some men came to my prison. They put me in a boat and carried me off some distance. Then they deposited me on some neutral soil between the lines. From there I found my way back to my friends.

Who my rescuers were, I have never learned. It is their own secret, and it had never been disclosed. But in my mind I know exactly to whom I may attribute the 'escape' in question. His name is Hiram.

KAPS