Grand French Masonic Lodge of Tradition
If I have to define what the Freemason is, that is how I would simply define the object.
In the 1680s two major currents of thought came together… companionship and Scottish lodges through England. The two currents will work hard to create the embryions of what we now call the F.M. (explain how companions' wages worked). Around 1780/1820 the work of the operative companionship of simple working-class builders of cathedrals and great masterpieces and the speculative work of English nobles holding the culture that will allow to have the finances for humanitarian and charitable causes. The first tontines will be put in place.
Nowadays the charitable aspect still works but the essential work of the Freemason remains are personal work. To respect the universalism of belief, they believe among other things in the Great Architect of the universe, and not in God, although, also in their dressing room, some do not refer to it.
Women and men from their initiation, live the search for their truth and wisdom by following the path of a great fresco or a great comic if you prefer, represented by degrees of search for knowledge and their duty to work to build their inner temple step by step. This is due to philosophy, symbolism and texts of esoteric traditions.
Their goal will be to improve and reflect on how to achieve wisdom, humanism and respect for others.
Freemasonry is an order with strict rules that have been in place since the beginning of its creation. It has its own gestures and rhythm.
Death, rebirth and life are forever, for us, the basis of continuity…
A mason is required for his state to obey the moral law, and if he understands art well, will never be a stupid atheist or an irreligious libertine.
But if in ancient times, Freemasons were necessary in each country to be the religion of that country or nation whatever it was, however, it is now considered that all Freemasons agree, leaving them with their particular point of view.
That is to say, to be honest and good men and men of honour, whatever their confessions or convictions that can distinguish them, for which Freemasonry becomes the centre of the Union, and the means to reconcile sincere friendship between brothers who always remain far away.
Paradise is not lost, it is in the North of the World, where the light of the First Morning always shines. From Apollo to Hercules, and from the god Odin the howler to the magic doe who married the Blue Wolf to engender Genghis Khan…, the elements give life to a true initiation investigation and are provided by mythologies, that is, the sciences of mystery.
The Cathedral Builders' Message: What you do to you, said the Masters who built the cathedrals while the sculptors carved in stone the symbolic and esoteric message inherited from the oldest civilizations, especially Egypt. Who were these men? What initiation path is it necessary to go to really enter the temple and discover the light of the First Morning, thanks to the brotherhood of the builders?
The Journey of Initiatory or The Thirty-three Degrees of Wisdom; Medieval sculptures often offer man a spiritual message. Thus, those of Metz Cathedral illustrate the thirty-three degrees of Wisdom leading to Knowledge.
From seed to fruit, from dry to flowering trees, evolution is long and sometimes perilous; but it leads, from trials to challenges, to fullness.
What can teach my brothers is a kind of labyrinth whose common thread can only be grasped by the hand of a mason.
I do not pretend to have filled this void, I think I have only indicated how it could be filled. It is possible that my words will give rise to some of the more comprehensive works of this kind, and then my work will have been useful.
All parts of the ancient initiation building are brought together and mixed together, and appear to have only a confused assemblage of foreign materials to each other, but, a somewhat exercised worker, can bring them together and classify to form a perfect whole.
The Grand Master's Comment on Masonic Spirituality
A man, a man simply who practically practices the initiation asceticisms proposed by the rituals of the Grand Masonic Lodge of French Tradition, gradually broadens his Consciousness of his inner reality as well as the reality that surrounds him.
A Freemason insider is not a mystic in search of God, but a rational man in search of Light, Knowledge or Consciousness.
No matter what word we use as long as we grasp it in our inner being.Our soci
ety suffers gravely from an immense spiritual frustration that gives rise to violent and disorderly behavioral drifts.
The notion and understanding of "a life of the spirit" goes back to the origins of humanity and have given rise to the development of the initiation sciences of the tradition of trade held by the Grand Masonic Lodge of French Tradition.
The Grand Master.
The Grand Master's comment on traditional Masonic regularity
T:. R:. F:., R:. F:. V:. F:. and you all my Beloved Brothers,
Freemasonry is of particular interest to the public, curious about what we really represent; Everyone who listens to us is, of course, guided by his particular motivations. For this reason I will avoid alluding to what is specific to our art, so that this message can be accessible to both masons and those who are not.
We have taken the crucial decision to form an international confederation of Masonic Powers, respecting Masonic regularity and to place ourselves in the group of so-called regular Masonic organizations,
Our approach is automatically aimed at removing from the world Masonic landscape the concept that there must be only one regular obedience per country. Such a provision is not in line with the universality of our institution and is only a matter of totalitarian and protectionist considerations of yesteryear that have become obsolete today, the source of abuses of all kinds.
To all those who want or want to know what we represent, especially those who, until then, have monopolized the concept of regular masonry tradition; we tell them that we are mostly at the base, coming from these organizations that have long represented the curriculum of regular masonry. Our choice was not guided by mercantile interests as is the case for some, but by a deep thirst for knowledge. We believed in what we did, loved the art that was taught to us when it was in the conditions of purity. We can therefore never betray our oath in the light of royal art.
That these do not consider us therefore adversaries, much less enemies. We have simply become co-dwellers. We all say that the progress made through our research has led us to questions that have focused on several aspects of our root organizations.
Thus, in order to avoid becoming critics, at the risk of violating our commitments, which was impossible for us or to make the wrong decision to move away from columns extending the list of disappointed, or as some of our Brothers have done, to join organizations whose foundations do not conform to our ideal, we have taken the initiative to embark on this path. Our decision was mainly dictated by the following important reason:
Our disapproval of many inconceivable provisions and behaviours within regular Masonic organizations for several years. Unfortunately, such reprehensible practices have the blessing of the governing bodies of these obediences and do not seem to be able to be questioned as they should.
I hope that instead of stigmatizing us, our Brothers of these organizations will instead seek to get closer to us, admitting our existence and even supporting it, because our goal is only to save our masonry from pure tradition from all the excesses to which it is constantly exposed. We remain part of an approach that is therefore part of the order of remediation, restoration and preservation of the values of our Freemasonry of pure tradition.
As for our Masonic regularity, it comes from the fact that we scrupulously respect:
- The initiation tradition by selecting the impetuous on their personal qualification in relation to the initiation, without taking into account their social position or any other interest,
- Symbolism taken in its spiritual universality and not from a social, moral, political or confessional perspective,
- The Landmarks,
- The most authentic and pure ritual practice,
- Ancient rituals without alteration or modification,
- The mode of transmission inherited from our former Brothers.
According to excerpts from the REGIUS first Ar
ticle: Master Mason will be loyal to his brotherhood
. The companion will never demand more than he can do with it.
At the cost of living, in good faith, will set his fair s
alary. Master Mason, here is
your law: Always act as an honest leader, that no one can wait in vain for the rigour that is lent
to you. Never accept a bribe from a companion, from your Lord, receive nothing of any kind, coming from the worst or the best, that dignity cannot stand. So, w
ithout any reluctance, will have your conscience for you. T
his article is of profound meaning and each of the leaders of the so-called regular obediences should make it a subject of meditation for his conscience.
Our institution, as we all know, has always been the object of external attacks that do not date from today, thanks to its assertive and proven nobility, it has often been able to remain intact. Operating in this way, the most illustrious personalities as simple people, all of good renown have not deviated by marching in front of our doors to be admitted into our ranks, without the certainty of being accepted. Why so many defections in our ranks these days? Although recruitment is not in freefall because of the enthusiasm generated by our royal art.
I will not go so far as to say that our institution is disappearing. In French-speaking countries we could have hoped to find a better tomorrow if the metal demon agreed to move away from our columns, a task not easy at all. In English-speaking countries the situation is undoubtedly more regrettable and everyone is acting as if nothing had happened. However, whether one is on one side or the other, it is obvious that the face of regular masonry does not beautify and quite the cont
rary. In all conscience we can no longer remain in total blindness.
Indeed, while browsing the print media in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, France, Africa south of the Sahara and other corners and corners of the world, I discover with amazement how our organization is decried. Despite all this, no one reacts. You'd think everything was normal. Yet our Masonic curriculum is indeed suffering because of its own members.
We are not far from the plot known to the Master Masons. Many do not realize that they are heading towards betrayal if we persist in our naivety, leaving things as they are. Of course, there are many Masonic or Paramaçonic organizations today, each with its own objectives. My concern is not in this proliferation of organizations, it is elsewhere. Nor do I judge anyone or any of these groups. Some may find their happiness there.
What concerns me today is the state of masonry supposedly respectful of the ancient tradition without alteration. This masonry has as its enemy: itself!
Not wanting to look at herself in front of the mirror, she causes a series of defections from her ranks. These defections are at the origin of the creation of obediences that advocate any kind of practice at the expense of true art. The fault lies not with those who create such organizations, quite the contrary the responsibility lies with those who have forgotten that they have the duty of preservation and transmission, all pure and unblemished.
How do you imagine that the outside world can have a positive image of entities decried by the press because of the actions of a minority category of their members who unfortunately enjoy immeasurable powers? Imagine peopl
e who have joined an organization because it was deemed noble, remain there while within it reign: corporatism, affairism at a high level barely veiled, arbitrariness, lay settlements of accounts profane (suspension, exclusion, deletion of brothers whom we do not like, jealous or with whom we are in conflict in civil life, etc. …), while many Brothers thus excluded better embody loyalty or understand our science better than those who understand our science have ousted them, which generally do not understand much in our art and have no place in our institution? Are such abuses of power bearable or in keeping with tradition? Is it normal that b
rothers in difficulty do not get any support or comfort from the members of a brotherhood that claims to be fraternal and charitable?
What is this regular masonry that allows the constitution under its banner of obediences with political connotations?
Who entrusts our mysteries and the mallet to people who don't deserve them at all? What is this regular masonry that continues to leave Masonic organizations with racial connotations (white masonry and black masonry in the United States etc…)? Where are the principles of universality and boundless brotherhood? Haven't we passed the Century of Lights?
Should we leave the monopoly of traditional masonry to these so-called regular organizations that approve non-Masonic decisions taken by foreign organizations that have become politicized and have themselves formed? Should we leave the monopoly of regularity to those who indulge in entrusting the mallet of regularity to political figures from non-democratic countries? To those who turn a blind eye to all that they see as harmful, selling Freemasonry for the benefit of their non-Masonic interests?
We answer no !!!
In our eyes and in our hearts, this masonry has failed in every way. By deliberately failing to instil Masonic values in those who do not know them, she has contributed to the creation of pseudo-regular Masonic organizations which in reality are only by name.
Our firm attachment to masonry of pure tradition, which we call the masonry of trades, has logically guided us in the way of defending our royal art. Hence the decision to organize and gather around our ideal any brother concerned with the preservation of the basic principles of regular masonry.
Hence the birth of our International Confederation of Masonic Powers, made up of all the great Lodges of our confederation. The most important thing for us at the moment is not the number of our members, but the personal quality of each one.
Our objectives are clear. We must restore strength and vigour to traditional masonry, practice art according to ancient texts, preserve the Masonic ethic that has been proven among our brothers of ancient times, recognize within our obediences the sovereignty of the lodges, watch over the lodges so that there is no abuse by those who presidents, without interference on their internal affairs , never forgetting that the lodges form obedience and not the other way around, so that those who preside over the lodges can fully enjoy the powers conferred on them by the rulers of the order without abusing them.
This is how I tell those who are responsible for presiding over the destiny of our lodges that they must never lose sight of the meaning of their obligations. Our challenge is fought and will be as long as our opponents are not discouraged. Since we are convinced, from now on we will not give anything to anyone and will no longer respond to any attack from the outside. Let's not become our own enemies inside.
Let us work so that we can allow many people to enjoy and rejoice in our work. We must make our brothers and women the worthy servants of our institution and of humanity. My wish is that our brothers will find themselves at all levels of civil life and that each at his level, by his honorable behavior in the secular world, restores the coat of arms of our Freemasonry.
Fraternal assistance must be alive among us at all times and on all continents. Let's encourage the efforts that will be rewarded with the work. Let us not cultivate the spirit of ease or that of laziness, despotism, begging. The defence of our interests, those of our brothers and their families will remain among our concerns. Our first leaders who are elected or appointed on this day rely on the support of all of us. From every continent and every country, work hand in hand, consult regularly and coordinate our actions for greater efficiency.
I extend my warm congratulations to all the members gathered around the Supreme Conservatory of Rites of Tradition for symbolic and perfection grades, to the Masonic Councils of the Grand Lodges and to the Lodges of our confederation. I thank from the bottom of my heart the brothers of the French Grand Masonic Lodge of tradition, for their participation in this movement, while encouraging them to continue relentlessly, despite the pitfalls.
I thank all those who trust me in this way, entrusting me with heavy responsibilities, among older and more experienced Brothers. I will make continuous efforts to never disappoint you. Alongside all of them I will continue to work tirelessly for the development of our organization and its influence in France and around the world.
Nothing should ever shake our chain of union again.
That the G.A.D.L.U. guides us in all our actions and protects us throughout our Masonic career and our life.