What the Seeker Must Know About Freemasonry

WHO ARE THE FREEMASSONS?

Freemasonry is large enough and varied to give answers to what you are looking for. Masons are people who come together to improve. This is achieved through the principles and rituals of brotherhood.
Masons strive to apply the lessons of Freemasonry to ordinary life, which will have a positive impact on their homes, societies, nations and the world.
Their efforts are driven by morality, justice, charity, truth, and the laws of God. There are over 3 million Masons in the States. Throughout the world, membership includes millions of men who believe and share the same fundamental principles.

WHAT IS THE FREEMASONRY?

What is Modern Freemasonry? Masonry means different things for different people. Many years ago in England, Masonry was defined as “a system of morality, embodied in allegories and illustrated by symbols.” This is a course of moral instructions that uses both allegories and symbols through which knowledge is transmitted. Legends and myths about the old stonecutters and masons, many of whom took part in the construction of Europe’s largest cathedrals, were interwoven in an interesting and effective way to illustrate the moral truths. For example, the 24 dividing line and the sharp-edged hammer. As the line is used to measure distance, modern Masonry is used to remind that one of the most valuable resources should be managed: time. The hammer used to process stones symbolizes the work of each of us on our own to achieve perfection.
One of the modern definitions is: “Freemasonry is an organized society of people who symbolically apply the principles of Operative Masonry, architecture to science and the art of character building.” In other words, Freemasonry uses aging methods and lessons to make each one of us a better person.

Freemasonry:
1. confesses the basic philosophy of life, which places the individual human values ​​of everyone on a high pedestal and embodies the great knowledge of centuries that stimulate individual study and reflection.
2. has a great respect for religion and has tolerance and equal respect for the religious views and beliefs of others.
3. provide a truly working plan to turn the good people into even better ones.
4. is a social organization.
5. has many important charity projects.
6. has a rich world history.
7. is a proven way to develop both public speaking and communication skills and provides an effective way to improve leadership skills.

WHAT FREEMASONRY MAINTAINS

Freemasonry maintains some important principles and beliefs.
The basic doctrines of Freemasonry are Brotherly Love, Mutual Help, and Truth. Its main virtues are Abstinence, Power of Spirit, Prudence, and Justice. These principles or beliefs have a wide scope and, in fact, provide a model that corresponds to every part of human experience.
Masonry is a strong supporter of the constitutional government … of the quality of public education … the freedom of religion and the expression of faith … the equality of all men and women … the need for a strong moral character … and of meaningful charity. World Masonship, and organizations within the Masonic family, donate millions of dollars each year to help people with visual or aphasic problems, physically disabled, speech and disability, and people with severe burns. Local Lodges are working to help their communities and individuals within these communities. The charity of Freemasonry is always given regardless of race, sex, religion, belief, or national origin.

THE MISSION OF THE FREEMASONRY

“Мисията на Свободното масонство е да се насърчи този начин на живот, който свързва всички разумни хора в световна братска верига, което надхвърля всички религиозни, етнически, културни, социални и образователни различия; чрез предаване на най-великите идеали на братската любов, взаимопомощ и истина; и от първообраза на тези идеали, минавайки през разбирателството, съчувствието и загрижеността, да се намерят начини да се служи на Бога, семейството, държавата, добросъседството и самите нас.“

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF THE FREEMASONRY

Simply put, the main purpose of Masonry is to provide a way to help each member become a better person. We can not promise that we will turn a bad man into a good one, rather that we will make the better man better.
We try to influence each individual by:
1. Reinforcing the character.
2. Improvement of his moral and spiritual worldview.
3. Expanding his spiritual horizons.

We are trying to instill in the minds of our members the principles of personal responsibility and morality; to give each member our understanding and the feeling of Free Masonic character; and each of our members to practice these lessons in their everyday lives. We are trying to build a better world by building better people working in our own societies.
Freemasonry believes in the world peace attained by teaching its doctrines through the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of the Lord.

WHAT ARE THE CRAFT LODGES?

The lodge is the meeting place for Masons. This place can be used by Masons for regular meetings, graduation, social activities, other Masonic formations or even for public activities. The buildings that are used for Lodges are often noticeable by their specific signs in most cities of America and Europe, as well as in the countries of the Free World.

ORIGIN OF FREEMASONRY

We do not know for sure at which historical moment our Freemasonry was created. Hundreds of Masons have studied this question, but no convincing answer is found and may never be found. We know that the earliest documentation of the term Freemason was found in the Regius manuscript written in 1390 and now in the British Museum. The meaning of Freemason refers to a Masonic Mason from the Middle Ages Master Masons’ tools date back to the earliest period of history and are lost in the mystery of time. This also applies to the geometry and geometric symbols used by masonry-builders.
There are other theories related to the development of Freemasonry. Some are so absurd that they do not have a place to mention here. The most widespread, then, that mentioned above is that Masonry was developed by the Order of the Knights Templar when they were scattered by Pope Clement V and were forced to sail from France. Brother John Robinson was the one who described this theory in his wonderful book, Born by the Blood, though he did not do this for the first time .
Over the centuries, Freemasonry has slowly evolved to the way we know it. It has evolved into an understandable and effective form of brotherly doctrine on the foundations of morality, truth, and personal personality. It mostly promotes individual opportunities for reasoning and seeking answers.

TWO TYPE OF FREEMASONRY

There are two types of Masonry. One is called “Operational” and the other “Symbolic”.
Operational Masonry can be traced back to the Middle Ages and beyond. The Operative Masons were organized into structures with Lodges, similar to modern Masons. We now have officers, in a similar way, as then. Men were admitted to the Brotherhood only after a few years of apprenticeship, which usually lasted seven years. This is the original of the first grade, the Chirac. In Operative Masonry, the Masons actually performed physical work on the works. They were the best in masonry and have kept the secrets of their methods of construction.
When organizationally they passed into the so-called Symbolic Masonry, the new seeking Light men were accepted into the movement (Masonry) without actually being builders, they become spiritual builders. Symbolic Masonry adopts the terms and concepts of the operating bricklayers, but replaces building stones and mortar with the work of building itself, not the actual building of the buildings.

“FREE AND ACCEPTED” FREEMASONS

Where do the words Free and Accepted come from?
The ancient masons were very skilled and their qualities were essential to the welfare of both the church and the ruling class. These were men who built castles and cathedrals. Therefore, they have not been subject to the same restrictions as other workers. They were “free” to carry out their work, to travel and to live in a way that has ensured their obligations. It was not possible for anyone to be accepted as an apprentice unless he was born free.
The Masons have been united in “guilds”, a sort of trade organization, and individual companies or groups of Masons have entered into contracts to carry out specific construction projects. At that time in England different craftsmen (carpenters, alcohol makers, tinsmiths, blacksmiths, etc.) were also united in guilds, but much of the population was subordinate to the owners of the land on which they lived.
The roots of the word “accepted” can also be searched back in the time of the Operative Masons.
During the late Middle Ages there were few educated people outside the monks in the churches. The “accepted” Masons were originally men who were members of the operating lodges or partly participated in such but were ultimately full members of Masonry. In this sense, over time, the definition “accepted” has to be applied to indicate those men who have been admitted into the inner circles of Symbolic Freemasonry. The candidates were “accepted” in Freemasonry no earlier than the mid-17th century. For the first time we see the phrase “free and accepted” in 1722.
By the end of the 17th century, demand for such a type of architecture that could be performed by such organizations diminished. Styles in architecture  changed and the number of members and the number of operative lodges shrunk. At the same time, Masonry  increasingly used the legends and habits of the old operative lodges for moral and spiritual purposes. As time went on, more “Accepted” members appeared than there were Operative Members. In the 18th century, there were more “accepted” Masons than “Operative” ones, and Masonry became much more “Symbolic” than Operational.

 

ORIGIN OF GRAND LODGE

In 1717, four craft lodges in London gathered and decided to establish a Grand Lodge, probably mainly to be united and preserved. In 1723 they adopted the Constitution. Their success led to the formation of other Grand Lodges. In 1725 several craft lodges in Ireland established a Grabd Lodge. The Grand Lodge was founded in Scotland in 1736.
But the authentic English Grand Lodge in England did not develop without disagreement, and in the 18th century, three more Grand Lodges in England were founded besides that established in 1717. Subsequently two of them collapsed without contributing anything to the world Freemasonry in general, but the third has played a major role in the dissemination and promotion of Freemasonry around the world. It was called  “The Old Grand Lodge”. The members of the other Grand Lodge were later called “Modern”. The two surviving lodges were long in unity and rivalry, but eventually united in 1813 in the United Grand Lodge of England. The names of the Grand Lodges in the United States are also different. Some Grand Lodges are called Anciend Free and Accepted Masons. The most widely used names of Grand Lodges are those used in the United States – Free and Accepted Masons. The Grand Lodge of South Carolina is an exception to this and is called Free Accepted Masons.
Masonry was founded in France, somewhere between 1718 and 1725. The first craft lodge in Spain was founded in 1728. In Prague (Czech Republic) it was founded in 1729, in Calcutta (India) in 1728, in Napoli (Italy) in 1731. Masonry penetrated Poland in 1734 and Sweden in 1735.
The development of Freemasonry and its ideals and beliefs have not gone without opposition. Masons assume that all men are equal – we are start to develop from this level.
Individual freedom of thought and action, as well as morality and ethics, are the concepts and ideals on which our order is built.

WHAT WE ARE NOT

We are not a secret society!
The secret society is such a society that is completely sealed in absolute secrecy. This means that nobody knows who the members are, where they meet, and what their goals are.
Masonry is not such a society at all! Masonry may have “secrets,” but it is not a secret society. Masonic secrets are not numerous and are mainly related to the methods of initiation and the way we recognize one another. These parts of the ritual, which are called the esoteric side of Masonry, have been transmitted from mouth to mouth for centuries.
Masonic goals, ideals and principles are learned by those who ask. There are many books written on these topics that are accessible to everyone. Freemasonry often appears in the public space through newspapers, and our members are usually part of the eminent people in society.
We are not a religious organization!
Masonry, as an organization, is sympathetic and tolerant of all religious ideas and opinions. Masonry has no specific religion, does not promise deliverance, it is neither dogmatic nor is connected with the church leaders. There is no requirement for a certain religious affiliation of the candidate to be accepted into Masonry. The requirement for the candidate is to believe in a supreme deity.
Masonic rituals contain teachings and examples from the Bible, but they are mostly given as distinctive explanations.
Freemasonry does not require you to belong to a church, synagogue or mosque, although many Masons are active members of their religious organizations and among our ranks there are leaders of various faiths.
Freemasonry assumes your right to belong to a church or religious organization, and does not come to your right or try to be a substitute for your church.
Freemasonry tries to unite men into a fraternity, but not to create a religion. Masonry is considered to be a great supporter of religion. It constantly encourages its members to be active in the belief of their choice.

WHAT WE DO NOT DO

Sectarian religions and biased political issues are not discussed in the Lodge, and there are many good reasons for this. When we meet in the Lodges, we are all set to a common level, and there are no class and other differences inherent in the outside world. Every Brother confesses his own beliefs and follows his own beliefs. Our goal is to unite, not divide. These two themes may give rise to tangible differences of opinion, which may lead to separation among the Brothers. No politician can expect political support or political positions simply because of his participation in the Lodge’s life. This, of course, does not mean that the issues of government management or individual freedom are not being discussed by the Masons as good citizens.
Issues affecting the life of the Lodge will arise and should be discussed. These discussions must be respectful and everyone must show tolerance to the opinions of others. Each Master wants to have harmony in his lodge; and once something has been voted for and decided, the decision has to be adopted by all members regardless of how they voted.
Freemasonry teaches the Mason to be a good citizen and to fulfill his public duties. We do not try to prevent anyone from expressing his opinion or serving his own city, state or nation in a respectable manner. Anyone working in politics should not try to influence politically like Freemason; nor in the name of Freemasonry to take advantage of his rights.
In summary: Masons should never present any sectarian or political issues to the movement; and in our lives we must be loyal to the behavior of a good citizen of public consciousness..

FREEMASONIC ORGANIZATIONS

You expect to join the Masonic Lodge or the “Symbolic Lodge”. This is the foundation of all other Masonic organizations to which you or a member of your family may wish to join in the future.
We are not sure where the name “Blue Masonry” comes from. One of the theories is that the blue color characterizes friendship. Colors have a broad place in the traditions of this movement. We know that when the United Grand Lodge of England chose the colors of its clothing, it was mainly led by the colors associated with the Order of the Garter. When the Order of the Garter was created in 1348 by Edward III, the basic color was a bright blue. The colors of Free Masons have not originated in ancient symbolism. The clothing of three-tiered groups is mainly linked to three colors. The symbolic degrees are blue, the Royal Arch with red, and the other degrees are green, white and other colors, including black. In the world, in many cultures blue symbolizes immortality, fidelity, eternity, prudence, and kindness. In Freemasonry in particular, the blue symbolizes universal brotherhood and friendship and “instructs us that in Mason’s mind these virtues must be as vast as the blue sky arch.”
Two of the organizations, the York Rite and the Scottish Ritual, are spread through the knowledge of the Blue Lodge, or the underlying Masonry, and the subsequent explanation of that significance. The Ancient Arab Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Temple, also known as The Shriners, is not formally related to Freemasonry but, on its own terms, members of this organization can only be members of the York Rite or the Scottish Ritual.This organization is socially oriented and has 23 hospitals for disabled children and children with burns.
The Order of the Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem, and Amaranth accept men and women as well. The Lodges of Research study academically the Freemasonic idea.
There are also other organizations: the International Order of De Mole (for Young Men) and Job’s Daughters, the International Order of Rainbow Girls for Young People.
The latter are rather organizations for the family members of the accepted Masons.
Other organizations are: Mystical Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm (Grotto), Tall Cedars of Lebanon, and many others.
All Masonic organizations expect their future members. What members are required to spend time, finance, and energy.

WHAT TO ANTICIPATE

All rituals in Masonry are serious and performed in a dignified manner.
There is no place for jokes.
Enter the Lodge with a positive attitude that will help you assess the serious and solemn rituals in which you will participate.
Degrees or teachings are in the form of short plays where you participate with the help of a trainer. The language of the ritual is accessible and the content is complete and interesting.
When you receive each degree, you must be dressed appropriately. When you come to the lodge, you will be asked to wait a little in a separate room until the lodge is ready for work to the appropriate extent. Several people will meet you formally. You will be asked a few questions to learn about your motives and to confirm your free choice to join the Brotherhood.
You will be enlightened to the appropriate degree by Masons. Listen to the meaning of what you are being told. These are spiritual lessons that are given with great dignity.
You should not worry when you enter the box. Entering into degree is a simple lesson and will treat you as a friend and brother in which you are becoming.

THE LANDMARKS

Before developing the modern measurement and system of capturing the position, shape and size of the plot concerned by authorized authorities, how to build permanent farm fences, fields or plots of land was difficult and often very complicated. Often, the only method that has been used is to fix them through some elements such as hills, rivers and streams, rocks or even trees to form a line of them to similar elements, etc., while forming a boundary of ownership. These little or many permanent tags were called Landmarks. In addition, it is easy to understand why the destruction or relocation of Landmarks was considered a very serious violation; it was a matter of plundering the property of a man – that’s why in antiquity it was called “Do not move the neighbor’s Landmarks”.
Freemasonry honors this term in the name of one of the most important basic laws. That is why it is shown that the Masonic Movement has exact principles, practices, traditions, laws that can not be changed by any Mason, Lodge or Great Lodge. This meaning is invoked when referring to “Ancient Landmarks”, a phrase you will often hear while moving through your Masonic Way. Let’s see if we can understand this phrase, at least in a broader sense.
Freemasonry has its own identification and character. Some things can not be changed, altered or removed without changing this identity – that is, if a change is made, Free Freemasonry should continue to be the same as before. But there are changes that, if done, will change Freemasonry – ie. will change his identity and become something else.
Let’s give a simple example. Imagine a glass of water. We can divide this water into smaller and smaller portions until we get to the molecules, but it will be water all the time. And if we do not stop here and finally divide the molecules, we will no longer have water, but gas – oxygen and hydrogen. This is the turning point, after which the fluid can not change without losing its identity
This is an illustration of the Landmark idea. They define what is relevant to the identification of Masonry. In order to change them, Masonry must be changed. So let’s roughly define the doctrine of Landmarks as follows:
“What is deemed necessary to maintain the identification and security of the eternal existence of Freemasonry is the quality of the Landmark.”
We now see why even the Great Lodge itself can not change these Landmarks! If the Great Lodge could change them, it would destroy it too, because there would be no Masonry left, and there would not be a Great Masonic Lodge without Masonry.
It is not possible to list all Landmarks, but there are several good examples to help clarify their meaning. We will draw attention to a few specific examples, emphasizing that this is far from exhaustive.
The beginning of Free Freemasonry dates back six or seven hundred years ago and originates from the Operation Masons of England and Europe. Many of their arts, practices, customs, symbols and emblems are permanently embodied in the essence of Masonry. If we remove everything we have inherited from Operation Masonry, we will not only destroy the relationship with our history, but the Brotherhood, in general, will not be recognizable. Here are some things that have the qualities of Landmarks.
Many things in Masonry, which are kept secret by the outside world, are considered holy. This CUSTOMER is not a theatrical pose to satisfy the desire for mysticism, but it is extremely important to the essence of the movement, so we would not have imagined Masonry without it. There would be no Rituals, Dedication, Moral Debt, Signs of Recognition, and all the privacy that makes The Lodge so delightful. Therefore, Mystery has the meaning of Landmark.
Right from the start, Freemasonry has only mature men members. Boys under a certain age can not be held accountable for their Liabilities; and if women were admitted, the whole system from the very beginning to the end would have to change and very little would be left of its present appearance.
Every seeker must have a certain qualification, be physically and mentally healthy, have good recommendations, good temper, free, adult. If these qualifications are not taken into consideration, any people would benefit – people who would neither mentally nor morally accept the Masonic life, and as a result Masonic life would disappear. It is also necessary that the seeker is not aware of the mysteries in which he will be introduced, but that this should happen when he is initiated. This is also an essential part of our Brotherhood and it is so vital that the whole system takes it as a necessary condition. If we eliminate the Initiation, this society that will remain will not be a Free Masons society.
Another factor of equal importance is the secret ballot. Since the primary goal of the movement is to bring men together in a brotherly chain, it is important to accept candidates that do not disturb harmony among other members. Voting is so designed as to comply with this principle and if single members are of the opinion that a given seeker is inappropriate, their voters have the option of excluding it.
The Principles, Morality and Importance of Freemasonry are studied in the Ritual, Work, Lectures, and Ceremonies. Characters, emblems, and allegories are freely interwoven to highlight the meaning and reinforce the dramatization of the transmitted knowledge. Perhaps there are no other “permanent markers” that define the meaning of the basic identity of the Ritual.
The sovereignty of the Grand Lodge and, respectively, the sovereignty of the Lodge, within the limits of its jurisdiction, are an important necessity; because without such sovereignty we can not protect ourselves from anarchy and the Brotherhood will be broken by the contradictory forces generated inside it.
Every Mason must obey and be respected by civil law. No Mason must be tied to political unrest, no political discussions can be brought into our association. If this rule is violated, our organization will be headed by a political or social party and would disappear at the first radical change of political power; and while this is in force, it would be governed by an outside force of our organization without the ability to regulate and control its own existence.
The same effect is enshrined in the ancient law forbidding the candidate or Brother to be interrogated for his professed religious belief and forbidding sectarian questions to intrude into the Lodge. In other words, it would mean the complete destruction of Freemasonry if it falls into the hands of a political party or a certain religious Faith.
The latter example can be defined as the highest Landmark of all. Faith in God, with the Altar at the center of the Lodge, and the Holy Book of God’s Law open to it, Belief in immortality, faith in prayer – these are the religious ideals of Freemasons, and the word “ideals” is used in a literal sense. If this spiritual life breaks down, our movement will degenerate into an ordinary social club, something that is counter-meaning to the current meaning.
You are not yet Mason. If you have a good chance you will be accepted as a member of the Lodge, and if you later progress in Masonic knowledge and gain experience that we all believe will become a fact, you will learn more about this subject and you will have the advantage of learning more from the inside than from outside. This keeps us from any possible outside influence. There is no way to change Freemasonry to serve the tastes, weaknesses, prejudices or desires of the candidate, and vice versa – it is the candidate who has to change his worldview in line with Masonry. To become Mason, you must be ready with all your directness to accept with all your heart the knowledge and principles, the obedience of the laws and the respect of the Ancient Landmarks.

THE MAIN IDEAS:

Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love
The basic ideals of Freemasonry are Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love. It is important to mention that besides these three ideals, which Freedom Masonry has a lot of emphasis, there are others with almost the same importance, and while we are discussing our themes, we have to address the other important ones.
Under the name “Ideals” there is a sense of knowledge that is obviously so real, so universally accepted that we fully believe them and always accept them with all their importance. Examples of such knowledge are everywhere around us. Good health is better than illness, a person who speaks truth is more reliable than a liar, it is better to save money than to waste, a hard-working man is more useful than a lazy one; the counsel of the wise man is more useful than that of the fool; education is more preferable than ignorance – that’s just a small part of countless examples from principles that no intelligent person will question. Everyone considers them important. They are Basic Ideals.
When we turn to the Basic Ideas of Freemasonry, we immediately come across an interesting fact: Freemasonry considers Friendship, Morality and Fraternal Love as ideals of this kind! It takes them to be true in the sense that no one should doubt that; accepting them as obvious and self-proclaimed.
We wonder if everyone considers this plausible? It is no strange that we can accept, for example, that such a thing as Fraternal Love is highly desirable, but it is not practical and
is this not just a desire that can never really happen? It is normal for Free Masonry to call “Basic Ideal” something that is not only true but also understandable, obvious and necessary. Until you understand this fact until you are convinced that the Masonship teachings are a reality, self-proclaiming faithful, not empty ideals, you will never understand Masonic knowledge. Freemasonry does not tell us that Friendship, Morality and Brotherly Love are not real – on the contrary, it teaches us that they are real. They are the real reality of our lives, and we can not question their existence, as we can not question the earth under our feet or the sun above our heads. The question is not whether we believe in their existence, we just can not help believing that, the question is, what do we do for them?
Let’s concentrate for a moment on Basic Ideals, starting with the Friendship. It can be said that Masonry teaches us how to create friends by teaching us how to be a friend. A man, being a social being, can not find his own happiness, and therefore seeks him in the company of others. Unfortunately, we are not always looking for the right happiness. Happiness for someone can mean something completely different for another. Masonry does not play Monopoly with good men. The fact is that you are entering the movement of your own will, as it is true, and that your character and reputation have been fully explored among those who know you. Therefore, the fact that you have been recommended and presented is evidence that the Lodge believes that friendship in Masonry will reveal to you that the spirit of friendship you will offer will be accepted by all. Sincerity, tolerance, sympathy, faith, interest, devotion, warmth, non-egotism – even self-sacrifice are some of the components of true Friendship. Masonry teaches us all these virtues and draws our attention to the fact that true Friendship is this Friendship that remains true, this Friendship that can sweeten our relationships with others.
Morality, good morality, are those accepted standards of behavior that measure actions to determine their fitness for the established order. In this line of thought, Morality is an example of these adopted standards. With these definitions, it is clear that Morality means to use good morality in our everyday life. Morality is not a matter of remorse. A person who adheres to moral law or within the bounds of decency simply because he is afraid to act in another way may be lying to himself and rarely to others. Such a person becomes a duplicate – one part of it wants to behave in principle, in harmony with decency, and the other part of it is deterred from being immoral, only in fear.
These are the instructions for morality of behavior. There is no such thing as Masonic Morality, which is different or special or different from the accepted one. Freemasonry does not offer other specific moral norms nor does it create such. Masonry teaches us to observe the practice of all good moral norms, leaving the judgment of good and bad to the consciousness of each one of us. You will be persuaded that Freemasonry deeply supports the principles of Morala when you go through the individual Degrees.
What is Brotherly Love? Obviously, this means that we give another person the highest possible rating as a friend, companion, companion, neighbor, brother. What we need is just being with him, just spending a few hours together, having the privilege of working together. We do not expect from our cooperation to make money or develop a business or develop another form of selfish profit. Our cooperation gives meaning to our existence and is our reward. We all know that Brotherly Love is this supreme virtue without which life would be lonely, unhappy, ugly. It is not hope or sleep, it is a fact – real as day and night as the Law of Gravity. Freemasonry builds on this established fact and gives us the opportunity to have such fellowship. It encourages us to understand and practice it and to accept it as one of the laws of our existence. This is, in short, one of the Basic Ideas.
As we have begun in the beginning, Friendship, Morality, and Brotherhood Love are Basic Ideas in Masonry. There are other ideals, knowledge of necessity and truths that are so obvious that we do not have to support them with arguments. We will urge you to meditate on the knowledge taught by Freemasonry when moving from degree to degree, considering that. You may notice that they are all extraordinary and exciting, sometimes interesting, but they are not to be compared in value with the knowledge of the truths Freemasonry has set for eternity. They are not new or too old. Time can not diminish the significance nor wastage their infinite diversity. The freshness of Immortality belongs to them because they never die, they have endless inspiration and an insurmountable appeal. They are the Basic Ideas of Freemasonry, because they have always been Ideas of human life.

QUALIFICATIONS

Once you have decided that you have the requisite qualifications, you can ask if you need to continue to pay attention to this question. The answer is that the qualification is not only a test of whether the seeker is suitable to be accepted as Mason, but also whether it is appropriate to develop as Mason after he is already accepted as Mason. These are qualifications suitable for Mason, not just for a person who wants to become such. Therefore, these qualifi- cations remain in effect even after you have successfully completed the ball.
The word “qualifications” speaks for itself. It comes from a Latin term meaning “value.” The Anglo-Saxon term for the same means “value,” from which we use the terms “honorable” and “honorable”. Therefore, the Qualifications of the seeker mean that the values ​​and values ​​he owns place him in the chain of Masonry.
These values ​​are two types, both internal and external. Internal qualifications are divided into two main areas. One of them is that the seeker must have come “on his own
own will “. This means that he desires to be voluntary, not to be pressured and unclear. As a result, we are seeing how qualifications remain in place throughout the entire Masonic career, and no Mason can ask for a member to seek membership.
Another in-house qualification is that the seeker must come “unaffected by commercial motives.” This statement is obvious: he can not expect the brotherhood to get any business, professional or financial benefit. By the same logic, no accepted Brother has the right to seek such services from him. Both qualifications are accepted as internal because they relate to motives that are internal only to him.
External qualifications, for convenience, are divided into several areas:
1. Physically. The seeker can not be a woman, a child or an eunuch. This is one of the ancient Landmark Masons.
The searcher must be an adult, which is 18 years old because no one can accept all Masonic duties until he reaches the age at which he is legally responsible for his actions. The term “underage person,” and also “old man,” the last term “gullible” means that man has lost his ability to determine or release himself from responsibility.
2. Spiritual. Spiritual qualifications are not strictly defined. Each of the Great Lodges goes far to determine what a seeker should read and write. Mason’s knowledge is great, his knowledge needs are big, and he can not get that knowledge unless he has at least an average level of intellectual ability.
3. Social Qualifications. These qualifications are related to civic and good neighborly relations. It is clear from these qualifications that the seeker must be a free person. This means that he must be his master, free to take on his own duties without external intervention. It is also necessary to have a good reputation among those who know him well. It is important that he is a good citizen, obey the laws, obey, as the Old Duty asks, to be protected from being involved in social riots or other forms of social disorder.
4. Moral and Religious. According to the Ancient Landmark, the Mason must be “a good and just man,” a man of “honor and dignity,” who is guided by the Compass, measured with the Right Angle, and tested with the Curtain.
Concerning religion, the seeker must believe in God, in Immortality and his leading rule and faith to be God’s Sacred Laws. At the same time, he is required to be tolerant and will not be tested for his faith, his religious affiliation.
There is another type of qualification that determines his / her residence, such as his / her obligation to pay the specified fee and membership.
All these qualifications that are described are important and apply to both the seeker and the members of the movement.
In conclusion, you will be asked to carefully observe an important point. We made an official portrait of Mason, through this listing of qualifications. It is not possible to predict whether you have understood how important it is to capture this fact in your efforts to truly understand Free Freemasonry.
The Mason must be a man who has to deal with work, with moral competence, responsibility and discretion; with a good reputation, a good citizen, with a basic religious faith free from external dependence; meeting the requirements of the Brotherhood, and accepted as a member of the movement.
Who can be Mason?
A man who meets the requirements described.
What Is Free Masonry?
An association of such men devoted to the ideas of the movement.
What are the ideas and teachings of Freemasonry?
All truths, ideals and essences that describe, interpret, sustain, satisfy, and encourage such movement.
What are the objectives of Freemasonry?
Какви са целите на Свободното Масонство?
To discover such men, to build such men, to connect to a Brotherhood dedicated to the lives of such men.
It is obvious, with a sufficient dose of purity, to avoid confusion, how the qualifications placed at the center of Freemasonry expressing its standards determine who the Masons really can be and determine our path and efforts in the movement. Not only is it necessary for a person to have such qualifications for the purpose of being a seeker, they are binding on all of us as members of Masonry.

THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE FREE MASSION OF POLICY AND RELIGION

One of the most important Landmarks is that which prohibits Masons from participating in any form of religious or political sectarianism. We can not ask
the applicant for his personal benefits from politics or religion; we can not discuss issues of this nature in our collections, nor can we publicly engage in these matters on behalf of Masonry. The candidate must believe in God, believe in the immortality of the soul, and must honor the values ​​of the Holy Law as their rules and aspirations in their lives. He also has to strive to be a good citizen, but his choice through the views of which political party will realize his ideals as a citizen is entirely personal.
The attitude of Freemasonry to sectarianism is more than negative. It goes farther than just saying “Lower the hands” out of this. Every form of sectarian discussion is forbidden to all Masons. Such discussions are non-Masonic – ie. they are categorical violations of the Masonic Law – something that every Mason must adhere to and observe full discipline.
It is not difficult to understand the cause of this Landmark. Freemasonry exists in the name, it is dedicated and dedicated to the life of the Brotherhood. Under Brotherhood, many of us are men of different spheres of life, with a wide variety of characters and religious and political views, gathered together, connected by friendship, harmony and goodwill. To maintain this harmony, it is necessary to keep from all kinds of lusts and prejudices that would divide us into opposing groups, hostility, schism or conflict of interest. It is well-known that there is probably nothing that can divide and alienate men from religious and political sectarianism. For this reason, sectarianism is forbidden because Brotherhood’s needs and prosperity require it.
Freemasonry therefore prohibits sectarianism among all its members. If you want to know, what is the attitude towards sectarianism in the outside world that fights with Freemasonry? what should Mason do in response to the attack from outside? This is a relevant issue. During his history Free Freemasonry has been the subject of attacks. In America a hundred years ago, a coalition of certain churches, with the help of a national political party, condemned Freemasonry. In addition, the government has put our organization out of the law for several years. Most likely Masonry will always have such enemies as any other organization.
Our counteraction to such attacks is to ignore them. We do not respond in response. We accept the position that if a person or a group of people disagree with the knowledge of Freemasonry, it is their personal affair and does not concern us. Our belief in the truth and the rightness of Freemasonry is so well founded that we certainly do nothing but continue to be ourselves. So sooner or later all the enemies of all enemies will be silenced.
This summarizes what Freemasonry describes as a negative attitude to religious and political sectarianism, but it also has a positive attitude to religion and politics, and that we will present in a moment.
The positive attitude generally stems from the great Masonic idea of ​​tolerance. Tolerance has always been one of our most important teachings
Red. What do we mean by Tolerance? We do not mean that one faith is more real than the other; or more valuable than another, we are not advocates of general indifference to all beliefs, nor do we mean that all differences of opinion must be thrown by compromise. As a believer in tolerance, we take the opposite – we believe that one faith may be more faithful than another, that one opinion can be better proved than another, and we want the truth to come out. However, we know that truth can not come to light until one is free to judge the facts for himself, to think for himself, to speak in his own name, to compare life’s realities for himself. Let every human consciousness have a fair attitude, let it be left to watch the world for itself. We believe that this is the only way the truth about the great essence of human life will be found. Therefore, tolerance is positive and constructive. It encourages everyone to think for themselves, to learn in the long run to think about things in the same way.
In our chain, we are in contact with each other, and while religious and political opinions affect us, we may disagree, but in the name of “fair play”, but we should not be negative.
The attitude of Freemasonry is even better defined by this.
First, with regard to religion, as we have said before, Free Freemasonry is dedicated and devoted to the Brotherhood. But the Brotherhood is the foundation of religion. Every Mason must believe in the Lord and in the immortality of the soul. The Book of Holy Law must be opened on the altar of every lodge. The applicant accepts his moral duty on his knees. Before taking any important promise, the Mason seeks help and protection by praying to the Great Architect of the Universe. It is also a religion and not a religion. It is faith – but it is not a faith that has been confessed by any religion. This is a tribute – but no adoration associated with any altar. According to the great words of the First Book of Constitutions, this is a religion in which all good men believe. This is the foundation upon which all religions, all churches, all movements and sects have been built. Once the Masons unite on this foundation, they can then continue to develop in this church or the one they can join a doctrine or another. Freemasonry does not limit anyone in his personal choice but firmly insists that whatever this choice is, we must adhere to the basis of all religions.
Second, with regard to politics.
Masonry is conducting discussions to establish a line of conduct and a policy opinion. Like whether the government should support a large army and fleet or smaller? Should I import the imported and exported goods? Should there be a highly centralized government or less centralized? Should I allow freedom of thought and opinion or not? Should he allow freedom of religion denominations or should he limit faith in a centralized church? How will taxes be levied and collected?
Active citizenship is an example of a high civilian consciousness, since Freemasonry requires each member to be a good citizen. As we have seen, the religion of Masonry is the common ground upon which other religions have been developed. Similarly, high civic consciousness provides a common basis for all
political movements. Any Mason can sympathize with a political party, have an opinion on customs rates, can support a large army or a smaller one; no one can limit it in his opinion, but whatever his opinion, he must be a good citizen who respects the law trusted by the nation, loyal to the social authorities and so responsive to its public duties as to its personal.
To sum up: As Masons, we must not impose any controversial sectarian issues in the movement; we must not pay attention to those who try to attack Masonry; we must adhere to this common foundation of religion that all honest men approve of and apply in their lives as subjects of the Republic as loyal and good citizens.

YOUR OBLIGATIONS AS A MASON

As a full member of the brotherhood, when you get the three degrees, prove your skills in each of them. Upon assuming the duties at each grade, you enter into an agreement with the Lodge where you are responsible for fulfilling certain commitments, and the Lodge is required to protect you with certain rights and privileges. It will always be your duty to be loyal to Freemasonry, loyal to senior officers, and to observe Masonic laws. These are fundamental conditions for members. As Mason, your duty will be to maintain membership in the Lodge. If it is necessary or appropriate to transfer your membership to another lodge. Membership in the Lodge also entails some monetary obligations. They must be paid in time, and this is an imperative condition for membership. The Lodge is not a charity, but it teaches us love and charity to all human beings, and especially to the Masons Brothers, their widows and orphans. Therefore, it is your duty to be willing to lend your brother’s assistance to Brother Mason in sickness or trouble, to help the charity of the Lodge once you become Mason Mason as long as your consciousness guides you and your conscience allows you. If you are Mason Mason and you are on a search candidate’s ball, you have to vote. This is another way of saying that the responsibility for deciding who will be admitted to Mason is borne by each member. You may be summoned by the Master of Stol to attend Special Meetings at the Lodge or to release some duties like Mason, and if you are not obstructed by any circumstances, you are bound to obey. The lodge differs from other organizations in many fundamental relationships; duties and responsibilities can not be discarded or taken just for pleasure or whim and membership is not just a gesture of respect or an empty privilege. The brother can not stand aside until he is given the opportunity to satisfy his ego, or to seek to shift his burden on someone else’s shoulders. The mystical node that connects us with each other holds us firmly. When you are among strangers, you have certain means through which you can recognize yourself as Masons and establish Brotherly relationships with people you have not met before. Know that wherever you go in this world, no matter what financial or social position you have, you will find Brothers who are ready to give you the hand of friendship – this is one of the greatest privileges of membership.

YOUR REWARD AS A MASON

If you go through grades, get the job, you think Freemasonry is a great organization and if you do not understand and accept the knowledge that it offers you then you have lost our time as well as your time and money. If you take the challenge of learning about the different doctrines and truths that present to you, study them, analyze them, reflect on their meanings, and apply them in your own life, then your investment of time and money is greatly rewarded. Do not practice the double standard of behavior by applying Freemasonry as part of your life, but feeling that it can not be applied in other aspects. You can apply the knowledge of meaningful free Masonry to every aspect of your life and we sincerely hope that you will understand how to follow this practice. You should take advantage of this great opportunity for self-improvement to the fullest extent that the principles of Freemasonry spread in every aspect of your life. When you do that, Freemasonry will become your greatest experience. As a member of the Lodge, you will be eligible for the position of each officer. It will be your right to visit other Lodges of the same or another Jurisdiction, considering that you will be admitted by the Master of Stoll once you are recognized. In case of sickness or disaster, you have the right to ask for help, but only the Lodge’s decision can give you. This statement is not complete. We just touched on the beginning of a great subject, but as we hope, once you get enough light, you will be able to go forward – with an understanding of what Masonry means to you and what you mean for Masonry.