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A Discourse Among Masters

A Discourse Among Masters

Once in ancient times, the Master of a lodge called all his neighboring Worshipful Masters together for discourse on the highest truth. Once they had arrived, he stood and spoke: “Welcome, dear brothers! I have called you all here so that I might explain to you what it means to be brought to light.”

Immediately all the brothers burst into laughter, and for the remainder of the time they sat around telling such jokes and poking fun at each other.

Demanding the Word

One day after finishing his daily devotion in the S:. S:., Grand Master
Hiram Abif left the room by his usual route.

As he exited the South gate, he was confronted by a Fellowcraft Mason from the working site of the Temple, who demanded, “Grand Master Hiram Abif, I have been working on the Temple for some time and I now desire the Master’s Word.”

Hiram asked, “Why do you seek this Word?”

“So that I might receive the benefits of being a Master Mason,” the Fellowcraft replied.

“What are those benefits?” queried Hiram.

“The freedom to travel and to earn a Master’s wage,” the Fellowcraft answered.

“Fine. Come with me,” said Hiram and they proceeded to the West Gate.

Upon arriving, they met a confused and surprised second Fellowcraft Mason who made the same demand.

Hiram asked, “Why do you seek this Word?”

“So that I might receive the benefits of being a Master Mason,” the second Fellowcraft replied.

“What are those benefits?” queried Hiram.

“The freedom to travel and to earn a Master’s wage,” the second Fellowcraft answered.

“Fine. Come with me,” said Hiram and they proceeded to the East Gate.

Upon arriving, they met a surprised and agitated third Fellowcraft Mason who also demanded the Master’s Word. Hiram asked the same questions as for the other two, and received the same responses.

When he invited all three Fellowcrafts to follow him, the third, now even more irritated, said, “I am not sure why I should go with you. Why can’t you just give us the word here?”

“That Word can only be communicated in the presence of myself, King
Solomon and King Hiram,” replied Master Hiram. “Both Kings are at the port overseeing the offloading of several barges of important material for the Temple.”

So, Master Hiram and the three Fellowcraft Masons proceeded to the port.

“King Solomon, here are three Fellowcrafts who have worked on the
Temple for some time and have demanded of me to give them the Master’s Word. We are here to have that communicated,” Said Master Hiram.

“Why do you Masons desire this word?” King Solomon asked the three Fellowcrafts.

“So that we might receive the benefits of being Master Masons,” they replied.

“And what are those benefits?” queried King Solomon.

“The freedom to travel and to earn Masters wages,” they replied.

Walking to the closest ship in the port, King Solomon called, “Captain, when your ship is empty, take these three Fellowcrafts anywhere outside my kingdom they want to go.”

Turning to the three Fellowcrafts, King Solomon said. “Since you desire to be free, you have my permission to go. However, the guards of this port and all other entrances to my kingdom will henceforth have instructions to imprison you should you ever presume to return.”

The three dropped to their knees and said, “Oh Grand Masters! We are sorry to have troubled you and now desire nothing but to return to our work on the Temple.”

Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing

A Worshipful Master found a Fellow Craft practicing meditation alone in the lodge. He asked: “What are you doing?”

The FC answered: “I’m practicing doing nothing.”

The Master replied, “Oh really? Aren’t you sitting? Breathing? Being aware of my voice? If you are doing nothing, then why don’t you really do nothing? You say ‘doing nothing,’ but what is meant by ‘doing nothing,’ or by ‘doing something’ for that matter?”

The FC answered: “A thousand professors, scholars or philosophers cannot explain it, Worshipful Master. Neither could our ancient Grand Masters.”

After this, the Master conferred the Sublime Degree upon the Fellow Craft.

Dust and Cobble

Dust and Cobble

Two apprentices were working in the quarry when one said, “I set my gavel down somewhere, and now I can’t find it.”

The second workman answered, “Who can find anything in all of this dust and cobble?”

Do As I Do

Do As I Do

A well-known Master Mason of his time had worked on several temples and taught in many different lodges.

The last lodge he visited accumulated so many apprentices that he told them he was going to quit teaching entirely. He advised them to disperse and to go wherever they wished. After that no one could find any trace of him.

A year later one of his apprentices discovered him living with some beggars under a bridge. He immediately implored the master to teach him more about Masonry.

“If you can do as I do for even a couple of days, I might,” the master replied.

So the apprentice dressed as a beggar and spent a day with the master. The following day one of the beggars died. The master and the apprentice carried the body off at low twelve and buried it on a mountainside. After that they returned to their shelter under the bridge. The master slept soundly the remainder of the night, but the apprentice could not sleep.

When morning came the master said: “We do not have to beg for food today. Our dead friend has left some behind.” But the apprentice was unable to eat a single bite of it.

“So, you cannot do as I do.” concluded the master. “Get out of here and do not bother me again.”