The Hindu newspaper recently published an article about India’s Masonic heritage. From the article:
Under the Regional Grand Master of Southern India for Freemasons, R.Sushil Raj, the organisation is going to hold its first ever public event.
MADURAI, June 27, 2013 –
Freemasons has been a society shrouded in mystery. For long, there had been many speculations of its history, members and their practices. But some of the world’s well-known personalities have also been freemasons.
An interesting revelation is that Swami Vivekananda was also a Freemason. He is said to have joined Masonry during his early life, as a youth. Though the fact is not a new discovery, it has not been much talked about either. However, an interesting event two months from now is going to celebrate for the first time the Swami’s connection with Freemasonry.
An exhibit at the Carlisle Museum’s Tullie House sheds some light on Freemasonry.
From The Guardian:
The origins of freemasonry are obscure. Although a 1730 book traced the organisation back to ancient Egypt, it is now thought most likely that it derives from 17th century guilds of master masons, which later became open to all professions.
The symbolism of the stonemason is still widespread in freemasonry, with set square and compasses frequently appearing on aprons and other ornaments, often with the addition of an “all-seeing” eye.
There are some 250,000 members of lodges affiliated to the United Grand Lodge of England. In Carlisle alone there are 14 lodges, typically with around 50 members.
The exhibit runs through July 7.
You can read the whole article HERE.
The Burlingame Scottish Rite Proudly Presents
An Evening with Christopher L. Hodapp
Author of Freemasons for Dummies, Solomon’s Builders: Freemasons, Founding Fathers and the Secrets of Washington D.C, Deciphering The Lost Symbol: Freemasons, Myths and the Mysteries of Washington D. C.
Co-Author with Alice Von Kannon of The Templar Code For Dummies and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Burlingame Masonic Center
145 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
In an unusual twist, a video has been posted on YouTube that is based on ACTUAL information about Freemasonry and it’s history in California.
Who’d a thunk it?
Freemasonry is often portrayed as a secret society of shadowy characters who secretly run the world, are involved with the (long defunct) Illuminati, are protectors of the Holy Grail, practice dark magic and devil worshipin’, and other nonsense. It’s good to see the veil pulled aside and some light shed on what the fraternity is about, and what it’s done in California – my home state.
This video is linked from YouTube. FreemasonMovies (or “Mr. Mason”) has other flicks up on YT as well. Read more »