Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on on “Freemasonry - The Fraternity; An introduction and its role in Society”. By Siddharth Raja on Tuesday, 8th October, 2013 at 6.30 PM. Dr. MukundThattai Chaired and Moderated the discussions.
In his presentation Mr. Siddharth Raja explained about the history of Freemasonry, perhaps the world's oldest, continually operating, fraternal organization – the traces of its lineage to at least a thousand years before Christ. Its modern roots can be found in the stonemasons’ guilds or craft lodges of medieval Europe, instrumental in the building of many of the great European cathedrals. Early Freemasonry based on craft labour is known as ‘Operative Freemasonry’, while the modern, more philosophical form of Freemasonry, is known as ‘Speculative Freemasonry’. Yet, for the majority of the people it has remained a dark mystery, about which so many myths abound.
The presentation also covered:
a brief explanation of some of the allegorical or symbolic aspects of Freemasonry, including an introduction to its key precepts, and, its central tenet, the belief in a superior being;
a ride through the history of the fraternity, globally and in India, highlighting key events;
an overview of how the Brotherhood employs its precepts in practice, particularly, in charitable causes;
a note to dispel the many myths involved with Freemasonry, seeking to correct misconceptions without revealing information confidential to its members; and, finally,
what the future holds for this organization.
The Q & A session after the talk was very lively when the members from the audience wanted to know about the significance of the rituals followed and whether in its admission policy the brotherhood of Freemasons have any gender or racial bias. Siddharth clarified that in theory there is no bias in its admission policy and that Freemasons try to adopt the same high moral principles in their personal lives.