My Dear Brethren,
It is with a sense of humility that I accepted the honour of
the Eastern Chair of Sphinx Lodge in its 155th year of great
Masonic service. I am humbled by the wisdom and commitment with
which my predecessors worked during its existence of 150 years
to make Sphinx Lodge shine in the galaxy of Freemasonry. History
has it that all was not fine in the journey thus far, but resilience,
endurance and common purpose prevailed over all obstacles. It
is now our collective responsibility to carry on this heritage
with pride as we move on.
As Worshipful Master of Sphinx Lodge, during my term in office
I wish to preside with the grace and guidance of the Great Architect
of the Universe, the help of all surviving Past Masters of the
Lodge, and the goodwill and support of all brethren. Peace,
Love and Harmony in the Lodge must remain unshaken and nothing
should disturb that. There is always another point of view or
another way to doing something, but what is important is to
share and discuss the opposing perspectives without disturbing
the peace and harmony of the Lodge. Lets remind our selves that
our common goal is to be better men (not lesser men)!
Irregular attendance appears to be a general phenomena looming
over most lodges, and Sphinx Lodge is not spared from that.
Busy personal and work schedules account for most part of the
reason, and that is also perhaps reason for some to shy away
from the responsibility of floor workings of the Lodge. Whilst
fully appreciating the difficulties, I subscribe to the view
that we chose Freemasonry by our own freewill and accord, hence
we should at least make an effort to do our part in the great
work of Freemasonry within our individual capacities. We must
in the least make an effort to attend and do what is expected
of us. This probably is how we can best benefit from the art
and teachings of Freemasonry, and in so doing become a true
source of light and knowledge to society.
Globalisation and technology are shaping life and the world
around us, but together they can also be used to one’s
advantage, and that is true for freemasonry as well. The close
bondage we share via email and the Internet with brethren of
Sphinx residing in India, Singapore and other parts of the world
is a classic case in point. We have progressed from the days
of the length of the cable tow in some ways. Thanks to information
and communication technology we today enjoy the pleasure and
company of like-minded Masonic brethren from different parts
of the world. The sharing of experiences and knowledge with
brethren who continue to find us through the World Wide Web
is truly refreshing and educating, and my sincere hope is that
more brethren would connect with us and visit us.
We often hear the rumbling that Freemasonry may get doomed or
extinct if we don’t move with times. Brethren, we must
move with times, but without compromising the teachings, values
and principles upon which freemasonry was founded. Times have
always changed and Freemasonry has survived all that change
and remained valid for centuries. We should be relevant with
time and adapt as necessary, but within reason so that our very
foundations are not distorted. As we take pride in how our great
predecessors articulated and shaped the world for the good of
all mankind, endowed with wisdom and the great teachings and
values of Freemasonry, let us handover to the next generation
that true form of Freemasonry as we learnt it.
Last but not least, during my term in office as Worshipful Master,
I would earnestly endeavour to build closer ties with all lodges
under the Irish Constitution in Sri Lanka, and start reaching
out to all lodges of other Constitutions in the country, so
that together we stand as a close and strong fraternity of Freemasons.
The task of governing Sphinx Lodge I accept with great pleasure
and due responsibility knowing well that I have the comfort
of experienced and committed offices and brethren of the lodge.
Sphinx has had the privilege of close friendships and ties with
other lodges of the Irish as well as the English and Scottish
Constitutions. I remain hopeful that we would be able to further
reinforce these bonds and rise above all perceived differences
to stand tall as Masonic brethren.
I wish you all well and count on your fraternal support!
W. Bro. R T C Gunaratna
Worshipful Master, Sphinx Lodge 107 IC