Welcome to this website providing you information of our beautiful Order in the Republic of India.
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,
I welcome you to the updated website of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for India.
In this updated site the Chapter Recorders will be able to download all the various forms that they will need in the course of the discharge of the duties of their office. The Recorders will no longer need to apply to their District or to the Office of the Supreme Council for these forms.
In addition detailed information on the Districts and the individual Chapters is available also.
These are difficult times for Freemasonry throughout the World and especially for us here in India. It is imperative that we give our support to the Craft Lodges here in India. The Grand Lodge of India is making progress to expand.
Freemasonry and we should be active in our support of their efforts. Without the Craft we cannot exist let alone expand.
I thank all of you who have given your active support to the Order and enjoin you to continue those efforts.
It is the hope of reward that sweetens our Labour and this should be dear to our hearts as we expand Masonry in the sub-continent. Election to the higher degrees is dependent on your efforts for the Order and for Freemasonry as a whole.
I thank you all for your continued efforts in social service. We have done well but I am sure we can do better.
I look forward to meeting you as I travel around India and the members of the Supreme Council are always open to your ideas and queries.
As ever I remain yours fraternally,
- M.P.Bro.Stephen Hindes 33o
Sovereign Grand Commander