From the Venerable Master (November 2017)

posted Nov 10, 2017, 9:36 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

My Brothers.


     My early experience in Judo and Jujitsu lasted many years and my education was based on old Japanese traditions.  Tests were hard and failure was harder.  I learned to apply my spirit to the betterment of myself and others.  I became part of the examining board of the United States Judo Association and Soke Di of the International Golden Dragon Jujitsu Federation.  And I was still in pursuit of the pure spirit of Budo.  Eventually, I found myself teaching the wrong people, and set all of this aside; because I was no longer in pursuit of the right spirit.

     In my practice of Kendo today I am in unison with so many others who are in pursuit of the pure spirit.  To us, Kendo is not just a sport.   Every time I pick up my Shinai (sword) I am the blacksmith who forms it; I have to be of pure mind and of good heart; otherwise I will wield a bad sword.

     My journey in Masonry isn’t so much different.  The pursuit clarifies with age.  When I was 21 years old and did my third degree I heard words, and I repeated them; but really had no model in my mind as to what they were.  Now at 61 I know what torments, trials, hardships, earthly ambitions, uncertainties and fleeting pleasures are.  I also know that I am not done with these categories yet.

     Over the years I have read the monitorial part of the third degree many times and have explored how the 3 steps, the pot of incense, the bee hive, the book of constitutions guarded by the Tyler’s sword, the sword pointing to the naked heart and the all seeing eye, the anchor and the ark, the 47th problem of Euclid and the hourglass and scythe help me on this pursuit. I had to come to terms with how all things in Masonry apply to how I wield my Masonic education inside and outside of our doors. 

     I encourage everyone to sit down and take stock in our writings.  It is in doing this that I understood the deep teachings of the degrees of Masonry.

     The pursuit of the pure spirit of Masonry will never die.


Martin Maxey

Venerable Master