Rajeev Khandelwal, OSM, Grand Master, GLI.
(by Staff Reporter, The Hitavada, June 23, 2020)
FREEMASONS of Nagpur will be celebrating Universal Brotherhood Day by undertaking different charity projects in the city on June 24. Grand Master Rajeev Khandelwal, OSM, of Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of India (GLI), who heads Freemasonry in India, has appealed to all lodges across the country to undertake only charitable activities on Universal Brotherhood Day instead of organising programmes, seminars or divine service due to COVID-19 pandemic and restriction of assembly. Accordingly, the Masonic fraternity in the Second Capital will donate certain equipment for COVID-19 patients to Government Medical College & Hospital (GMC&H) including PPE kits for the frontline warriors on Wednesday.
Freemasons will also donate blood and plant saplings in the premises of Laxminarayan Institute of Technology (LIT), University Campus. Many people do not know what is Freemasonry. Some critics say that Freemasonry is a secret society. But, Freemasons say that it’s a myth. They term the organisation as a society with ‘secrets.’ Famous author Dan Brown, who was initially a critic, later wrote “I cannot adequately express the deep respect I feel towards an organisation called Freemasonry, where men of different faiths, are able to break bread in a bond of brotherhood, friendship and camaraderie, though they are not born as blood brethren, they are brethren by choice.”
Freemasonry is one of the largest and oldest organisations. It traces its lineage to 1012 BC when King Solomon commenced to build the splendid Temple of God in Jerusalem. Its origins are lost in the unrecorded history of medieval times, but …