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Originally posted by kwakakev
mess? If these hidden secrets are so great then why not share them and let everyone reach their potential?
It is because these hidden secrets are not so great as the secrets just get deeper, darker and more dehumanising.
Originally posted by Saurus
A Freemason is charged to study the hidden mysteries of nature and science.
Has the Grand Master forgotten this?
Brethren, I am from the neighbouring jurisdiction of Queensland, and I can assure you that when this edict came out we were absolutely flabbergasted.
We raised our hackles, vented our disgust, and promptly ignored the edict. In fact, at the very next meeting of our Research Lodge we chose the open discussion topic to be Esoteric Freemasonry as a mark of our contempt.
I have never seen a GM's edict so discussed, abhorred, or ignored. It became the laughing stock of Australian Freemasonry and is still used as a jibe against our friends and brothers from NSW just across the border.
I recently presented a paper on Masonic Astronomy to the Research Lodge (www.barronbarnett.org.au) after which I was jokingly informed by a brother attending from NSW that I would have my tongue torn out by the roots for bringing up such topics in NSW - but he enjoyed it none the less.
It is treated as a joke around Australia, especially within the Ancient & Accepted Rite (we don't use the Scottish here - it would get too confusing with all the Scottish Lodges we have here in Australia).
Our brothers in NSW are embarrassed by it and try to forget it ever came out, and the rest of the country ignores it, unless there is an opportunity to take the mickey out of a brother from that jurisdiction.
Not the GM's best decision, and I am sure he wishes he had not listened to the advice to publish such an edict.