Sunday, December 30, 2012

Freemasonry in India

OK, so it's not technically Thai Masonry, but it's in the neighborhood and it is very interesting.  The Indian Express recently published an article on the history of the Grand Lodge of India who celebrated their Golden Jubilee last year.  The article provides a list of famous Indians who were Freemasons and lists something that I had forgotten.

Freemasonry in India is very, very old.  The first English Constitution lodge was started in 1730.  That's around the same time lodges began to form in America and three years before the formation of the Grand Orient of France.

Check out the article.  It's a nice read.

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Tical for Your Thoughts

In my December 15th post, I shared a Forgotten Treasure uncovered in Thailand.  It was a summons from 1913.  Way down at the bottom, I noticed a curious phrase.
Arrears Ticals
Thinking this was an obscure Latin phrase taught when students didn't use iPADs, I was at a loss.  So, I asked you.  And you came through!

Or more specifically, Bro.: Ernie from Holgate Lodge in the UK came through.  He sent the following information from of all places, a currency exchange site called
The currency was originally called 'tical', which was used in the English language until 1925. 'Baht' was established as the Thai name by the 19th century. Tical and baht were both units of weight originally; coins were issued in silver and gold, valued by their weight in baht.
So, there you go.  Mystery solved.  "Arrears Ticals" therefore is a more colorful and local way of telling the brethren to "Pay Up!"  The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Forgotten Treasures

Sometimes as I'm wandering the web in search of Masonic tidbits, I forget to look a little closer to home.  Stuffed in the back of the Lodge St. John website is an interesting bit of history.  Ever eager to remind us they are Thailand's oldest lodge, they've included a PDF for a lodge summons from 1913.

It's a pretty interesting read.  Anyone familiar with LSJ today would not notice too much deviation from the summons issued 100 years ago.  You'll notice the same quotes and basic format. Although I'm certain the "Surviving Masters" section was a bit shorter back then. The fact that it's typed just boggles my 21st century digital mind.

Now if only someone could tell me what "Arrears Tical" means

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Freemasons Grow in Popularity in Asia

Interesting article on the growth of the Craft in Asia.  Of course, we already knew this! 

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The Badge of a Mason

As I wake up from my long Summer's nap, I've found some very cool things in my Inbox.  This one is from Bro. Brian in Oz.  Thanks!

 Once again The Beehive is proud to present a paper from Brother Wayne Anderson’s Weekly Newsletter. Brother Anderson hails from Ontario, Canada and E-Mails out a paper each week, usually on Sunday, to everybody on his list. To get on Brother Anderson’s list E-Mail him at
 Brethren the following was presented by R.W.Bro.Hugh Goldie on his official visit to Rideau Lodge No. 460 Seeley’s Bay, Ontario on Thursday 1 November 2012. I hope you will enjoy his paper.
Why should I join Masonry ?
What would you say to a possible new member?
You’re interested in joining the Masonic lodge? We’d love to have you. You’re the type of person we look for: committed, enthusiastic, a leader. We think you’ll do great things here. You will make lifelong friendships, and hopefully, you’ll be the type of person whose positive impact will be felt here for many years.
This is the start of something really cool.
 We know you have your reasons for joining, and we also know that the reasons you’ll stay will be entirely different. Trust us on that one. People tend to join for different reasons. They stay around for the friendships and because they find a place where they can impact the lives of others. It’s a family. We know this. Soon, you will, too.
The badge of membership will soon be yours. But, there’s one lesson that we need to impress upon you before you sign your name on the dotted line, pay that first fee, and take that first step. It’s the single most important thing we’re going to ask of you, so you need to listen and understand it, now, before you say “yes.”
It’s the one most important thing that any fraternity can impress upon its new members. Truly, our survival as an organisation depends on you understanding this one simple lesson and taking it to heart.
It’s more important than our history, our traditions, our structure, or our rules. Because, if you don’t understand this most fundamental lesson, then none of the other stuff will matter. If you don’t get this one “golden rule of masonry,” then your son and grandson won’t have this organisation to join someday, and all of this will just be a fuzzy memory.
Lafayette’s Apron
Here it is. Ready? From the moment you say yes to this organisation, you are always wearing your badge.
I’m going to repeat it. From the moment you say yes to this organisation, you are always wearing your badge.
We’re not talking about t-shirts, or sweatshirts, or hats made with logos of the group. We’re not talking about a tattoo on your ankle, some party favour, or a badge you wear on your dress shirt.
What we mean is that when you say yes to lifetime membership in Masonry, everything you say, do and represent from that moment forward is a direct reflection on this group, your brothers, and the many thousands of brethren who have come before you. Everything you put out to the world is a direct reflection of this fraternity. Every decision, every achievement, every mistake you make happens to all of us from this point forward.
When you go to the grocery store, you represent us. When you drive down the road and slow down so a pedestrian can safely cross the street, you represent us.
When you become a leader, you represent us. When you insult someone or talk badly about another, you represent us. When you make decisions about how you behave, you represent us. When you go anywhere, you represent us.
When you go home and sit at your mother’s dining room table, you represent us. When you get a job and go to work for a company or organisation, you represent us. When you commit your life to that special person, you represent us.
You are always wearing your badge. From this day forward, always. Every day, in every situation. it never comes off.
It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a jersey with our name on it, or a business suit at an interview. You have to assume that every person you meet will form a permanent opinion about Masons – good or bad – based on how you interact with them. Every good thing you do builds us up. Every dumb thing you do tears us down.
We live in a time when the actions of one man can kill a group like ours. One person who acts in a way that is inconsistent with our shared values can end hundreds of years of tradition and pride. One bad choice you make can take away everything that generations of men have worked to build.
All the stuff you see that belongs to us can be boxed up or thrown out, because of the choices you make.
If this seems a little intense, that’s good. Because it’s serious. If it sounds like too much responsibility, or if you don’t think you can behave in a way that reflects well on us at all times, then walk away now. Do us the favour. We won’t think less of you. In fact, we’ll thank you. This sort of commitment isn’t for everybody. But, don’t say yes unless you truly understand.
We’re not asking you to give up anything. We aren’t asking you to become something you aren’t. We’re asking you to become something more. We’re inviting you to become part of a group of men who make a promise to take care of each other, every day. We’re asking you to become the very best version of you that you can be.
It’s a big deal, and not everyone can do it. Forget everything you’ve heard up to this point. Forget how much you might desire this, or how much we might want to bring you into the group. Just clear your mind and ask yourself one question. Are you ready to never take off the badge?
Because when you say yes, you’re not just putting a badge on a sweatshirt. You’re putting it in your heart. You’re forever stamping your identity with it. Everything you are, from this point on, becomes who we are.
You will make mistakes, and brothers will remind you of your commitment. There will be times where you will see other brothers forgetting their promise, and you’ll need to remind them. That’s part of this whole “Masonic” thing. We work together to make ourselves better men who stand for something. We carry each other. We matter to one another.
If we’re doing our Masonic duty right, then we’ll make you a better man. If you’re doing everything right, then you will make us a better organization.
So, please think about it. Take it seriously.
Because if you say yes, this badge belongs to you as surely as it belonged to our founders. If you say yes, this badge becomes your responsibility forever.
That’s the promise. Brethren I think with this type of commitment we would retain more active membership.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

History of the World

This bounced into my mailbox today.  It's a great way to spend two minutes.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Be Our Friend

Just a reminder, the Thai Freemason is on Facebook. You can find us at

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