Obreros de Hiram nº 24 | Masonería CádizThe R.·. L.·. "Obreros de Hiram" #24 of Cádiz works in the three symbolic degrees (blue) of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

 

To think about the meaning and mission of the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. is as deep as to analyse its ontology and the applicability and projection of its essence in contemporary society.

It is difficult to find a rite where Spiritualism, Humanism and Liberty, the three pillars that hold up Scottish Rite, are so equally harmonised, since the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. is a traditional initiatic rite based on these three elements and settled on the deep masonic fraternity.

This rite allows –being this its first sense– an alliance of free men to work for spiritual, moral and intellectual progress of Humankind. As a consequence, the spiritual vocation of the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. leads to philanthropic humanism.

 

Spiritualism, Humanism, Fraternity or Philanthropy are not meaningless concepts for Scottish Rite masons. Our spirituality is not given as a grace, Humanism is not inside us as an innate virtue, Fraternity is not spontaneous. These masonic virtues are achieved by means of individual and collective effort, using the initiatic, progressive tradition (the rite is a method) that allows a spirituality open to Liberty, Humanism, Equality and a true universal Fraternity amongst men. The Ancient and Accepted Scottisch Rite implies a perfect synthesis between the spiritual humanism of traditional philosophy and the modern anthropoogical humanism.

The aim and mission of the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. is firstly to make better masons every day, that is, to improve their intellectual, moral and mainly masonic qualification by means of a rigurous, progressive, deep and mainly initiatic work; and secondly to make those better-educated men, those better masons, infuse, by means of the strenght of their ideas and the example of their behaviour, the principles of the rite and the Freemasonry in the common society.

Scottish Rite philosophy –that, as we have montioned, is a perfect synthesis between Spiritualism and Humanism– must make its universalist message of liberty and tolerance hearable against fanatism, against religious integrism and against xenophobic racism, becaue the principles of the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. are not to be reduced to a pure theoretical abstraction. This philosophy affects the internal scope of a mason (introspection of values), his theoretical-philosophical scope (exposition of values) and his social scope (application of values).

 

The mission of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite is materialised in the following practical formulations and consequences:

                       

  • Formulations that have consequences in the internal or psychological scope. Our rite highlights the importance of conscience, introspection and silence for a perfect individual search and interior comprehension, postulating the triumph of reason against ignorance (lux e tenebris), besides proclaiming the importance of virtue cultivation and freedom of conscience and thought.
  • Consequences in the external or social scope, that come because our rite makes it easier for the Scottish mason to get closer to the causes of social sorrow and the ways to solve it, and highlights the need to become an honourable man in familiar and profane life. It also defends the equal opportunity against discrimination, arbitrariness and privileges.
  • Formulations that have consequences in the juridic scope. They are materialised since the rite defends Justice, principle of Popular Sovereignty, freedom of assembly as a factor in progress and the democratic election of representatives. It is inferred from the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. that Liberty is to be considered as the source of law and its inspiring principle through the positivisation of Fundamental Rights of Mankind.
  • We must not forget, among A.· .A.·. S.·. R.·. precepts, those which have consequences in the pedagogic scope. Therefore, our rite highlight the importance of mass education and the academic freedom.
  • In the intellectual sphere, intelligence and science are worshipped, using reason as the way to access the truth and entering man into a relativistic vision against all dogmatic fanatism.
  • Regarding beliefs, our rite –that respects all beliefs– defends freedom of religion and belief, and the independence of political power from the religious one.

 

The aim and mission of the A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. is the comprehension and interiorisation, through an initiatic, ritualistic methodology, of the bases of Scottish Rite and the practical achievement of the previously mentioned principles, as well as the defense of their daily practice.

As we can see, there is a specific background in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, since this is a method, a means, a vehicle of the perfective learning of a freemason and the transmission of intellectual contents. The A.·. A.·. S.·. R.·. is not only form, but also substance; both are to be accurately balanced. To believe that form is everything –that is, to empty the rite from its contents, reducing it up to a formal ceremony– would be an ontological alteration. Form must never substitute, or even less exclude, substance, thought, and the deep, essential contents of the rite.

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