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Volume 9 Issue 3 – May 2009

 For Private Circulation Onlyy
Dear Brethren,

Welcome to our third issue of the year, after a break of two long months. In
March we had the District Annual Communication which is always an event
full of grandeur, being the most important event in our Masonic calendar. We
congratulate all our Brethren who received District Honours and wish them a
very successful year ahead.
On a sad note, our Bro Amir Virani, father to our WBro Karim Virani,
passed away during April. Although it is marvelous to see WBro Karim here
with us tonight, the circumstances for our meeting him could have been a lot
kinder.
Brethren, something from my past came up and I thought I would share it
with you. We all have our moments of weakness when unthinkingly we
engage in something that we regret later. It may be something we say to
another, or it may even be our apathy to prevent something from happening.
In this instance I could have just quietly signed and accepted the office I was
being offered. But my ego, and another’s winding up of my feelings, got in
the way, and I arrogantly refused the office. The incoming Master was
gracious and said not a word……I wish he had because his not saying
anything has been deafening to my ears for the last 8 years or so. When we
do something wrong, we always know it. And when the wronged person
forgives us unconditionally without nary a word, the guilt that we feel will live
with us. We may try to justify our deed but our conscience will never rest.
And so the lesson that Masonry has taught me in this instance is threefold.
Do not be coerced to do what you know is not right. Use your own initiative
to find out the facts. And to be kind and humble.
Kindness is something we ought to nurture. It is the one factor that stands
out in our actions louder than anything else. Charity is its offspring and
humility its constant partner. If we are kind, the world smiles, and life
becomes bearable again because by our kindness we make the other
person’s life bearable. Who knows what dark storms and overwhelming
calamities befuddle the other person? We naturally try to hide our torments
from everyone, and try to bear our burdens as well as we can, but some
kindness shown us by somebody out there can suddenly light up our lives as
nothing else can. And the more selflessly it is done the more uplifting its
effect. We have ample opportunities daily to practice this virtue, but how
many of us do so. Nobody can remain the same if they really, truly embrace
kindness. Go on, try it out and see what effect it has on somebody and what
effect it then has on you.
                                                                         Editors


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            Message from the Worshipful Master

Dear Brethren,

Welcome to our 577th regular meeting and our third this year at which
we will initiate into Freemasonry Mr Kishorchandra Patel. We wish
to welcome him very warmly into our fold and hope to enjoy fellowship
with him for many years to come

We did not have a meeting last month but we met on Sunday the 5th
April at the poolside of Bro. Karim Teja’s Black Rose Apartments for
a wonderful social with the families from 1 pm on until well past
sundown. We had a good turnout and it was great to see everyone. My
sincere thanks to all those who helped in organizing the event,
especially Bro Karim Teja and his good lady Tanya, for hosting such a
wonderful family event.

The District Annual Communication was held on March 28th and I
congratulate all the Brethren of our Lodge who were honoured with
District ranks at this most significant event in our Masonic Calendar.
Well done, Brethren! You make us proud!

It was a very well attended function and we met with Masons from all
over our District. This is probably the only time when so many
Brethren gather together from all the four countries that make up the
District of East Africa.

On a sad note, our W.Bro. Karim Virani’s father, and member of our
Lodge, Bro Amir Virani, was called to Grand Lodge above, last
month. A good number from our lodge attended the funeral, and we
extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and to W.Bro. Karim,
who is amidst us this evening, having flown in from Canada for the
funeral.

Lastly, Brethren, I look forward to a very good meeting and a fabulous
Festive Board organized by our Chief Steward, Bro Moiz Amijee.
.
                                                 WBro Hanif N Popat




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                               Why Ritual Excellence?
   Bro. Julian Rees argues the case for high standards of ritual-practice.

Often enough it is said that to be a good mason does not require a man to have a
photographic memory or an ability to repeat long passages of dense ritual, parrot-fashion.
   Allied to this sentiment and often running parallel with it are the excuses, sincerely
believed and expressed, for not learning the ritual. People say: “Oh, you’re so lucky being
able to memorize all that. I could never do it.” That’s what they say.
   Little by little we become attuned to the view that it is somehow not too smart to be able to
work the ritual accurately; that there are more important things in masonry, that we do not
have the necessary skills, and that as long as the sense is there in essence, then that is all
that is necessary.
   Whence comes the striving for ritual perfection? I believe it to derive from the time of the
union of the two Grand Lodges to form the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813, when it
was held that the securing of harmony and purpose required uniformity of ritual forms and
standards. Uniformity could be achieved, it was said, through attention to ritual accuracy
(Grand Lodge agreed on the new ritual devised by the Lodge of Reconciliation in 1816).
Furthermore, given the fact that writing down anything in the way of ritual was about the most
most heinous crime you could commit in those days, the teaching and learning of accurate
forms was to be verbal and oral.
   In fact, the idea that the ritual is still practised word for word as it was at the Union is
incorrect. For example, until the year 1906, the Emulation Lodge of Improvement had no set
form of words for the J.D. when instructing a candidate to advance to the pedestal, and
Senior Committee Member Bro. Robert Clay Sudlow ruled that “as in the past, there is no
official form of words insisted upon.” Once the Silver Matchbox had been established, that
latitude could not persist, and from January 1908 things were tightened up considerably. So,
for better or worse, the movement has striven for ritual accuracy.
   Let us return to the objections. Firstly, the “I could never memorize all that” objection. I
suspect that the person who says that has never really tried. The problem is that we feel
intimidated, and so become convinced we cannot learn it. The trick is to start with small
sections and work up to bigger sections as you go along. We can learn, and there is much
satisfaction to be gained from doing so.
   Objectors refer to the practice in other countries where the Master may read from the ritual
book, open adjacent to the Volume of the Sacred Law. This practice does leave time for the
Master to invest the ritual with greater expression, making for a more dignified and
meaningful rendering. Many of us in the U.K. would consider this as a luxury; perhaps too
much of a luxury. Ritual work is work; it is an art. Thorough learning illuminates the inner
meaning of the text. We should expect to be able to hear the words in our sleep so that
others may not sleep when they hear the words. New candidates’ impression of the Craft
cannot be disassociated from correct practice, and he will also recognize his own obligations
in the matter. Ritual provides the first shape of masonic thinking; the building must stand. In
this sense, correct ritual is the friend of masonry and therefore requires intimate
acquaintance.
   The self-worth of the brother is another significant factor. I believe it to be a disservice
both to the prose and to the intention of the prose to render it less completely than it was first
conceived.
   The final justification for ritual excellence lies in the idea - almost fantastic to some - that
brotherhood and companionship spring from this source.
   So what do we seek : the damnable din of the Tower of Babel, or cathedral spires of
sound which sing to us as they - and we - soar heavenward? A cacophany of sound, or the
music of the spheres? The choice is ours.

                                         Issue 01, Summer 1997   Grand Lodge Publications Ltd 1997-2009


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                                           The Mentor

                                          Author unknown

An old man, traveling on a lone highway,            You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,                Why build you this bridge at the eventide?"
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.            The builder lifted his gray old head.
                                                    "Good friend, in the path I have come," he
The old man crossed in the twilight dim'            said
The sullen stream had no fears for him.             "There follows after me today
But he turned, when safe on the other side,         A youth, whose feet must pass this way.
And built a bridge to span the tide
                                                    This chasm, that has been naught to me,
"Old man," said a fellow pilgrim, near,             To that fair haired youth may a pitfall be.
"You are wasting strength with building             He, too must cross into the twilight dim.
here;                                               Good friend, I am building this bridge for
Your journey will end with the evening day,         him."
You never again must pass this way.

                                     My cup is full enough
                                          Author Unknown


I've never made a fortune,                          I remember times when things went wrong,
and it's probably too late now.                     My faith wore somewhat thin.
But I don't worry about that much,                  But all at once the dark clouds broke,
I'm happy anyhow.                                   and the sun peeped through again.

And as I go along life's way,                       So Lord, help me not to gripe,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.                    about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,                        I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.                       'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,                        If God gives me strength and courage,
and sometimes the going's tough.                    When the way grows steep and rough.
But I've got loving ones all around me,             I'll not ask for other blessings,
and that makes me rich enough.                      I'm already blessed enough.

I thank God for his blessings,                      And may I never be too busy,
and the mercies He's bestowed.                      to help others bear their loads.
I'm drinking from my saucer,                        Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.                       'Cause my cup has overflowed.


My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight
  until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called
                              irretrievable defeats into victories.



                                                      Bjorn Borg, Professional Tennis Player


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                              Workings (Last Meeting)
                              Signs            :     Bro Edmond Oganian
                              N.E.             :     Bro Yunus Essajee
                              Working Tools    :     Bro Anand Radia
                              Ancient          :     Bro Goran Ilic

                          In Transition - 5th March 2009
  -     WBro Fazal Hussein travelled to India to have his eyes checked successfully.
  -     WBro Paresh Manek’s aunt passed away in the States on the 27th February; and
        another aunt was in ICU here in Nairobi.
  -     WBro Vinodlal Ruparel’s mother suffered a mild heart attack in the UK. She is 90
        and doing well.
  -     WBro Ajit Shah’s wife, Mina, could not fly out to the UK last week, as she was
        taken ill
  -     Bro Shiraz Janmohamed had unexpected visitors at his home. Luckily no one was
        hurt.
  -     Bro Krushil Shah’s uncle passed away on the 7th February
  -     Yesterday, the 4th March, WBro Hasmukh Patel celebrated his 79th birthday
  -     Bro Rajesh Chhaganlal Modasia was Initiated.

 Birthdays falling in May 2009                      Anniversaries falling in May 2009
Bro     Mukund Shivabhai Patel      May 8th        WBro   Basheer A. Mauladad         56
Bro     Rajesh Chhaganlal Modasia   May 8th        WBro   Shantilal Raishi Shah       39
Bro     Himat Devchand Dodhia       May 11th       Bro    Tarlok Singh Nandhra        39
Bro     Amin Hassanali Premji       May 17th       WBro   Amirali Akbarali G. Nanji   37
Bro     Karim Haiderali Teja        May 19th       WBro   Amritlal Karamshi Haria     36
WBro    Karim Amirali Virani        May 23rd       WBro   Prafulkumar C. Lakhani      31
Bro     Nitin Jayant Madhvani       May 24th       Bro    Amritlal V. Bhogaita        28
Bro     Alniz Noorali Popat         May 25th       Bro    Dinesh Kantilal Radia       21
WBro    Sundipkumar H. Chotai       May 27th       Bro    Jaspal Singh Nandhra        17
WBro    Vinodlal C. Ruparel         June 2nd       WBro   Mukesh P. Pandit            14
WBro    Ashok Kumar Bhardwaj        June 2nd       WBro   Hanif Noorali Popat         11
Bro     Kamal Dhanji Shah           June 3rd       Bro    Mohamed Ajmal Aslam         9
                                                   Bro    Nikola Mihajlovic           4
                                                   Bro    Sanjay Manikant Karia       3


                   First, I was dying to finish school and go to college,
                   Then I was dying to finish college and start working,
                      Next, I was dying to marry and have children,
      And I was dying for my children to grow old enough so I could go back to work,
                                By then, I was dying to retire,
                                    And now, I am dying.
                            I now realise that I’d forgotten to live.

                          We live as if we’re never going to die,
                           And we die as if we’d never lived!



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If you can start the day without caffeine,   the Xbox, and then went to the fridge
If you can get going without pep pills,      and threw away all my WHISKEY
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring      ....I ALMOST DIED!
aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining and boring     The Alphabet
people with your troubles,
If you can eat the same food everyday        A's for arthritis;
and be grateful for it,                      B's the bad back,
If you can understand when your loved        C's the chest pains, perhaps car-d-iac?
ones are too busy to give you any time,      D is for dental decay and decline,
If you can take criticism and blame          E is for eyesight, can't read that top line!
without resentment,                          F is for fissures and fluid retention,
If you can resist treating a rich friend     G is for gas which we'd rather not
better than a poor friend,                   mention.
If you can conquer tension without           H High blood pressure--We'd rather it
medical help,                                low;
If you can relax without liquor,             I For incisions with scars you can show.
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,   J is for joints, out of socket, won't mend,
                                             K is for knees that crack when they
...Then You Are Probably The Family          bend.
Dog!                                         L 's for libido, what happened to sex?
                                             M is for memory; we forget what comes
Map in hotel lobby with arrow stating        next.
"You are here".                              N is neuralgia, in nerves way down low;
Blonde turns to partner and asks:            O is for osteo, bones that don't grow.
"How do they know?"                          P for prescriptions. We have quite a few
                                             - give us a pill and we'll be good as new!
A recent study found the average golfer      Q is for queasy, is it fatal or flu?
walks about 900 miles a year.                R is for reflux, one meal turns to two.
A separate study found golfers drink, on     S is for sleepless nights, counting our
average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.       fears,
That means, on average, golfers get          T is for Tinnitus; bells in our ears!
about 41 miles to the gallon.                U is for urinary; troubles with flow;
Kind of makes you proud                      V for vertigo, that's 'dizzy,' you know.
                                             W for worry, NOW what's going 'round?
Last night my wife and I were sitting in     X is for X-ray, and what might be found.
the living room, talking about life... In-   Y for another year we are left here
between, we talked about the idea of         behind,
living or dying.                             Z is for zest WE still have -- in OUR
I said to her:                               minds.
Darling never let me live in a vegetative
state, totally dependent on machines         We've survived all the symptoms, our
and liquids from a bottle. If you see me     body's deployed,
in that state I want you to disconnect all   and we're keeping twenty-six doctors
the contraptions that are keeping me         fully employed.
alive, I'd much rather die'.
Then my wife got up from the sofa with       A police recruit was asked during the
this real look of admiration towards         exam, 'What would you do if you had to
me...and proceeded to disconnect the         arrest your own mother?' He answered,
TV, the Cable, the Dish, the DVD, the        'Call for backup.'
Computer, the Cell Phone, the iPod, and


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Six retired Irishmen were playing poker     An elderly woman died last month.
in O'Leary's apartment when Paddy           Having never married, she requested no
Murphy loses $500 on a single hand,         male pallbearers. In her handwritten
clutches his chest, and drops dead at       instructions for her memorial service,
the table. Showing respect for their        she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out
fallen brother, the other five continue     while I was alive, I don't want them to
playing standing up. Michael O'Conner       take me out when I'm dead.'
looks around and asks, 'Well, me boys,
someone got's to tell Paddy's wife. Who     A Sunday School teacher asked her
will it be?'                                class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus
They draw straws. Paul Gallagher picks      with them to Jerusalem . A small child
the short one. They tell him to be          replied, 'They couldn't get a baby-sitter.'
discreet, be gentle, don't make a bad
situation any worse. 'Discreet??? I'm the   A Sunday school teacher was
most discreet Irishmen you'll ever meet.    discussing the Ten Commandments
Discretion is me middle name. Leave it      with her five and six year olds. After
to me.'                                     explaining the commandment to 'Honor
Gallagher goes over to Murphy's house       thy father and thy mother,' she asked, 'Is
and knocks on the door. Mrs. Murphy         there a commandment that teaches us
answers, and asks what he wants.            how to treat our brothers and sisters?'
Gallagher declares, 'Your husband just      Without missing a beat, one little boy
lost $500, and is afraid to come home.'     answered, 'Thou shall not kill.’
'Tell him to drop dead!', says Murphy's
wife.                                       Three boys are in the school yard
'I'll go tell him.' says Gallagher          bragging about their fathers. The first
                                            boy says, 'My Dad scribbles a few words
Mary Clancy goes up to Father O'Grady       on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem,
after his Sunday morning service, and       they give him $50.'
she's in tears.                             The second boy says, 'That's nothing.
He says, 'So what's bothering you, Mary     My Dad scribbles a few words on piece
my dear?'                                   of paper, he calls it a song, they give
She says, 'Oh, Father, I've got terrible    him $100.'
news. My husband passed away last           The third boy says, 'I got you both beat.
night.'                                     My Dad scribbles a few words on a
The priest says, 'Oh, Mary, that's          piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and
terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any    it takes eight people to collect all the
last requests?                              money!'
She says, 'That he did, Father.'
The priest says, 'What did he ask,          At Sunday School they were teaching
Mary?'                                      how God created everything, including
'She says, 'He said, 'Please Mary, put      human beings. Little Johnny seemed
down that gun...'                           especially intent when they told him how
Attending a wedding for the first time, a   Eve was created out of one of Adam's
little girl whispered to her mother, 'Why   ribs.
is the bride dressed in white?''            Later in the week his mother noticed him
The mother replied, 'Because white is       lying down as though he were ill, and
the color of happiness, and today is the    she said, ' Johnny, what is the matter?'
happiest day of her life.'                  Little Johnny responded, 'I have pain in
The child thought about this for a          my side. I think I'm going to have a wife.'
moment then said, 'So why is the groom
wearing black?'


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A lawyer was on his deathbed in his           "They use him to keep crowds back,"
bedroom, and he called to his wife. She       said one youngster.
rushed in and said, "What is it, honey?"      "No," said another, "he's just for good
He told her to run and get the bible as       luck."
soon as possible. Being a religious           A third child brought the argument to a
woman, she thought this was a good            close. "They use the dogs," she said
idea. She ran and got it, prepared to         firmly, "to find the fire hydrant."
read him his favorite verse or something      "I'll bet you have to think twice before
of the sort.                                  you leave your wife alone at night," one
He snatched it from her and began             man said to the other.
quickly scanning pages, his eyes darting      "I'll say." replied the second, "First, I
right and left. The wife was curious.         have to think up a reason for going out.
"What are you doing, honey?" she              Second, I have to think up why she can't
asked.                                        go with me."
"I'm looking for loopholes!" he shouted       David's wife is mad at him, because he
A travel agent looked up from his desk        forgot her birthday.
and saw an older lady and an older            Quick-witted, David says, "Sweetheart,
gentleman peering into the shop               how do you expect me to remember
window, where there were posters of           your birthday when you never look any
glamorous destinations around the             older?"
world. The agent had had a good week,         Mrs. Johnson decided to have her own
and the dejected couple looking in the        portrait painted by a well-known artist.
window gave him a rare feeling of             She told the artist, "Paint me with three-
generosity. He called them into his           carat diamond earrings, a large diamond
shop.                                         necklace, glimmering emerald bracelets,
"I know that on your pension you could        and a beautiful, red ruby pendant."
never hope to have a holiday, so I am         "But ma'am, you are not wearing any of
sending you to a fabulous resort at my        those things."
expense, and I won't take no for an            "I know," said Mrs. Johnson. "My health
answer."                                      is not good and my husband is having
He took them inside and asked his             an affair with his secretary. When I die
secretary to write two flight tickets and     I'm sure he will marry her, and I want the
book a room in a five-star hotel. The         gold digger to go nuts looking for the
older lady and gentleman, as could be         jewellery.’
expected, gladly accepted and were off!       Women believe if a pet cat strays,
About a month later, the little lady came     it's because of a lack of affection at
in to the travel agency.                      home.
"And how did you like your holiday?" the      Women believe if a pet dog strays,
agent asked eagerly.                          it's because of a lack of affection at
"The flight was exciting, and the room        home.
was lovely," she said. "I've come to          Women believe if a woman strays,
thank you. But, one thing puzzled me.         it's because of a lack of affection at
Who was that old guy I had to share the       home.
room with?"                                   Women believe if a man strays,
A nursery school teacher was delivering       it's because men are pigs.
a station wagon full of kids home one                   ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
day when a fire truck zoomed past.             We wish to thank WBro Hanif Popat, WBro
Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck   Jitesh Upadhyay, WBro Praful Lakhani, WBro
was a Dalmatian dog. The children               Arun Shah, Bro Yunus Essajee, Bro Dipak
started discussing the dog's duties.              Shah and Bro Karim Teja for their kind
                                                              submissions.



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