The Freemasons of Telangana organized a remarkable event called the "Walk for Values" on Sunday morning at Tank Bund. This walk was a rare and distinctive occasion, as it focused on an important and highly relevant subject.
Mr. A.K. Sharma, the Grand Master and the Head of Freemasonry in India flagged off the one-kilometre walk to emphasize the significance of values in our society. The walk commenced at Rotary Park, near the Swami Vivekananda statue, as Swami Vivekananda himself was a member of Freemasonry. 200 members, along with their spouses and family members, enthusiastically participated in the event.
Simultaneously, this walk was organized in 150 masonic centres across India. It took place on the eve of Universal Brotherhood Day, observed by Freemasons worldwide on June 24 to commemorate the spirit of Masonic brotherhood, as mentioned by AK Sharma, the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of India.
Freemasonry is an organization dedicated to moral building, as highlighted by A.K. Sharma. During the walk, Freemasons proudly carried placards displaying values such as Brotherly Love, Relief, Truth, Faith, Hope, Charity, Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence, Justice, Virtue, Honor, Mercy, Wisdom, Strength, Beauty, Secrecy, Fidelity, Obedience, Courtesy, Benevolence, Gratitude, Duty, Kindness, and Affability, which are taught in Freemasonry. They marched along the tank bund for approximately one kilometer.
The release further emphasized that the decline in moral values has led to unrest and turmoil in society, affecting the honest individuals who are facing hardships. The walk on values serves as a reminder that it is crucial to uphold moral values and spread happiness in these times of fading moral standards.
Freemasonry is an extraordinary and silent organization, with its roots tracing back to 1730 when officers of the East India Company held meetings in Fort William, Calcutta. In India, Freemasonry has a history of 293 years.
In Hyderabad, Freemasonry has been present since 1810 and currently has 23 lodges (branches) in Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Warangal, and Nalgonda, comprising around 800 members.
Freemasonry, as a moral-building organization, imparts values and strives to make good men better, as stated in the release.
Freemasonry teaches kindness in the home, love for one another, courtesy in society, resistance towards evil, assistance for the weak, compassion and concern for the unfortunate, forgiveness for the penitent, fairness in work, honesty in business, and above all, reverence and love for God. In essence, Freemasonry is not merely an organization but a way of life.