The philosophical, progressive, and philanthropic nature of Freemasonry aims toward the moral and spiritual alleviation of its members, through self-knowledge, the pursuit of Truth, solidarity, and the application of social and mora virtues in their daily lives. Members are taught to assimilate these virtues through a series of allegorical rituals based on Ancient Rites, illustrated by the ways and the symbols of the ancient stone-masons, as allegorical guides.
Basic criteria for admission
The foremost criterion for admission to the Craft, is belief in God, and his Will.
Men of any race or creed fulfilling the basic criterion, and having strict morals and sound judgement are eligible to join.
Freemasonry and Religion
Freemasonry neither is a religion, nor does it attempt to substitute one. It accepts men of any creed, who are free to follow their own faith. For this reason, any discussion on religion is strictly prohibited in any masonic building.
There is no specific God for Freemasonry. God to a Freemason, is the God of his own faith. In order to avoid conflict of any manner among masons, with regard to faith or dogma, God is defined under the generic term: The Great Architect of The Universe.
The Volume of the Sacred Law, ever present in masonic labors, constitutes proof of belief in God, depending on the prevalent Faith in each country. The most common examples are The Holy Bible, The Quran for Muslims, the Vedas for Brahmin etc.
The Three Grand Principles of Freemasonry
Every true Freemason will exhibit tolerance, respect, politeness, and understanding toward the opinions of others.
Masons, deeply concerned for the well being of society as a whole, are taught to feel and practice charity.
Freemasons are champions of truth, aiming to maintain high moral values, and striving throughout their lives to uphold these. Masons believe that maintaining these values only, one can guarantee a higher quality of life for all mankind.