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The Ancient and Accepted Rite is the largest body of Freemasons in the world working under a single constitution. It is a part of Freemasonry in which a Master Mason (Third Degree) may proceed after he has completed the three degrees of Symbolic, Blue or Craft Lodge Masonry to further enlightenment through the 4th to the 33rd degrees.

 The purpose of the Rite, simply stated, is to take a Freemason, in a structured and continuous path, from darkness to light and perfection. It transports him from ignorance to knowledge:

Further, it brings about a change in consciousness, a greater awareness of himself, nature and his God:

The Rite is a path of enlightenment which each Freemason must follow. It aims to to exalt the dignity of every person, the human side of our daily activities, and to maximize our service to humanity:

And thereby to produce....

Better men in a better world

Happier men in a happier world and

Wiser men in a wiser world.  !!!


My Dear Princes and Friends,

For the past 10 years it has been my honour to serve you as the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for India and it is now with mixed emotions, that I step aside.

Sad that I am leaving what in my opinion is the most satisfying and fulfilling role in Freemasonry and at the same so very happy to be handing over the reigns to Justice Devinder Gupta who has many times proven he can lead by his own actions and from the depth of his experience. I wish him well on his new and exciting position.

I will not be leaving you entirely as I will now take up the role of Grand Treasurer General
H E and I look forward to continuing my service to you for many years to come.

Princes, together we have made a difference with our commitment to charity to social awareness and to our brothers both within and without India. Please support our new Sovereign Grand Commander, the Order and Freemasonry as a whole. Let us continue to make a Difference.

Thank you

As ever

- M.P.Bro.Stephen Hindes 33o

Sovereign Grand Commander


December 1315, 2019,



Freemasons Hall, Chennai

Radisson Blu City Center Chennai




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