From the Commander (April, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 4:49 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 4:49 PM ]

Kerem Kapkin

Continuing my articles in Masonic Education in Scottish Rite, I would like to share this article and its excitement as it relates to our upcoming reunion. It was published in “London Freemason’s Quarterly Magazine” sometime around 1868 which I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
“If it be asked, for what good are the Superior degrees cultivated?  We might answer, that as to personal benefits, the opportunity to ‘do good and communicate’, to practice all the Masonic virtues, as well as enjoy all the pleasures of fellowship and sociality – so far as these are considered within the sphere of the Masonic acquirements of any brother, the original working degrees of the Ancient Craft Masonry will for him suffice.  Only to one who wishes to attain a more extensive knowledge of, and become fully accomplished in, the religious, philosophic, and chivalric departments of our Order, as they were cultivated in the different ages of the world gone by, as well as at the present day, would we recommend initiation in the high degrees.  He only will be competent to appreciate the honors and privileges attached to them, who possesses the disposition and ability to study the deeper and higher mysteries of our Kabala, and will not rest satisfied until he has discovered a satisfactory solution to every Masonic problem,  and can, in every case, explain ‘de que fabulum narratur;’ who can thoroughly understand the moral mysteries, as well as those of art and science, which our legends unfold, and who has a laudable ambition to participate in the most exalted sphere, with congenial associates, in that subtle communion and fraternization which genuine ‘Sublime Freemasonry’ is peculiarly calculated to afford.” 

Kerem Kapkin
Commander, Council of Kadosh