Bro. K. Singh, Freemason & Hindu Priest
Before becoming a Freemason, albeit intrigued with the esoteric nature of this ancient craft, I had not the courage nor the understanding at first, to properly chart my own journey. In retrospect, I wish to provide some direction from my own journey thus far, for prospective candidates into our noble craft.
1. Do your research: Learn as much as you can about Freemasonry before you decide to join. Read books or articles, watch videos, but best of all, visit a nearby lodge and talk to current members to get a better understanding of what the organization is all about. Note that one cannot become a freemason online. Reach out in person!
2. Ask questions: Don't be afraid to ask questions. Freemasons are always happy to answer any questions you have and provide more information. It is a common belief that in order to become a freemason, one must ask a freemason. To be one, ask one!
3. Think about your motives: Why do you want to join Freemasonry? Make sure your motives align with the organization's values and principles. Why do you wish to become a member of this lodge?
4. Consider the commitment: Freemasonry is not just a club, it's a commitment. Make sure you have the time and dedication to invest in the organization. Have a chat with your significant other or other relatives at home, in open discussions about your involvement.
5. Reflect on your personal beliefs: Freemasonry is a fraternity that welcomes men from all faiths and backgrounds, but it does have its own set of beliefs. Consider if these align with your personal beliefs.
6. Be patient: The process to become a Freemason can take several months, or even longer. Be patient and understand that there is a screening process in place to ensure that new members are a good fit for the organization.
7. Keep an open mind: Freemasonry is a unique and ancient organization that has stood the test of time. Keep an open mind and be willing to learn and grow as a member.
It is important to remember that Freemasonry is not a religion, but rather an organization that values brotherhood, charity, and truth. Although some teachings are hinged on ancient Biblical stories, it serves to teach the principle tenets of the organisation. As such, it welcomes men from all religions and backgrounds, as long as they believe in a higher power. As a practicing Hindu Priest, I found the antiquated lessons to be profound and I appreciated how they stood the test of time even though the face of the lodge would have changed over the centuries. It is these lessons that become the tools for self discovery and transformation within this speculative order.
Notably, having an open mind allows for better grasping of the veiled, allegorical teachings within the many legends in Freemasonry. The rituals and teachings of the craft may seem foreign at first, like all things novel to the mind, but they are designed to lead the individual towards personal growth and enlightenment.
The nature of the processes within the craft constitutes patience as a virtue, in understanding that progress in Freemasonry is gradual. There are many degrees and levels to be achieved, and each one requires time and effort to master.
Lastly, one of the most important factor that has lead to my greater understanding of the craft thus far is active participation in the various activities and events that the lodge offers. This allows for the development of meaningful relationships with other members of the lodge and their families, and helps to create a sense of community within the organization.
In summary, I believe that taking the first steps to becoming a Freemason is a personal journey of self-discovery and growth. It requires time, effort, money, familial support, patience, an open mind, and a willingness to learn, in order to fully appreciate the depth and beauty of this ancient craft in hope that we become the best versions of ourselves, forever in service to our fellow men as shining beacons of faith, hope and charity