The following quotes from the
Dutch Manual for the Entered Apprentice Freemason
are presented by Kring Nieuw Holland for your contemplation.
"The Lodge is seen as a common centre for the practice of the highest form of living - the Royal Art - a practice which takes place in its own peculiar way with the assistance of symbols and rituals."
"The purpose of our discussions is not to force one's own points of view on another brother - that, in Freemasonry, is ever forbidden - but to listen to each other, to get to know each other better, and hope to appreciate what there is to learn."
"The study of the Order's history is a fascinating and also a necessary task. But this study does not have to be restricted to the fraternity's origins. One can go in many directions and each direction itself presents many possibilities."
"Although Freemasonry cannot be learned from a book, masonic literature enables the Freemason to gain insights into the essence of the Royal Art, and contributes to a personal understanding and appreciation of the Order."
"Masonic symbolism and ritual form a wide field of study for the inquiring Freemason. It is a field of study he will never complete because of the extensiveness of the terrain, and because the development which he as a Freemason experiences and often influences what occurs in the Lodge."
"We have to learn how to handle masonic symbolism, and the interpretation of symbolic language which, in the Lodge, is partly expressed in words and partly experienced in silence."
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Updated: 15 May 2006