CONSTITUTION OF THE
GRAND LODGE OF KAZAKHSTAN
Adopted on the Annual Grand Lodge Communication on
November 12, 6016 of the True Light in
the Orient of Almaty
Grand Lodge of Kazakhstan was established, constituted and consecrated on November 12, 6016 of the True Light by the Grand Lodge of Russia and honors its mother Grand Lodge, its Constitution, traditions and institutions as sources of spiritual influence and evidence of the continuity of the Masonic Initiatory chain.
Freemasonry is based on the unbreakable faith of all its initiates in the Supreme God, Who is worshipped under the name of the Great Architect of the Universe.
The principles of Masonic worldview are reduced to two basic provisions: “Know thyself” and “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Freemasonry is a free community of independent people, regardless of their religion, striving to realize the ideals of peace, love and brotherhood.
Freemasonry considers its goals to be moral improvement of its members and ultimately all mankind as a whole, as well as true charity.
Freemasonry imposes on all its initiates the obligation to respect the opinions of others and strictly prohibits any discussion on political or religious issues in order to be an unchanging center of fraternal unity, in which perfect harmony of the spirit reigns.
Freemasons gather in places called lodges to conduct ritual works, to which only people of good morals, impeccable reputation, people of honor and duty, loyal to the legitimate authorities, prudent and by all signs worthy of the title of Brothers and those who have passed the appropriate initiation into the brotherhood.
Brothers who gather in lodges are obliged to love their country to be faithful to its laws and legitimately elected authorities, to consider work the main duty of a person, and to honor it in all forms.
Masons are also obliged with all their might: by word, example, useful printed works - to guard Masonic secrecy. A true Mason is obliged to constantly help his fellow man.
A true mason is obliged to constantly help his Brothers. Always and, regardless of any external circumstances of life, to remain calm, to keep himself in hand in terms of thoughts and words.
1. Freemasonry is an initiatory fraternity based on the traditional belief in God, the Great Architect of the Universe.
2. Freemasonry is based on the Ancient Precepts and Landmarks of the brotherhood, which contain the main special traditions of the Order, the observance of which is an essential condition for the regularity of jurisdiction.
3. Freemasonry is an Order that accepts only people of free and impeccable reputation who agree to work for the realization of the ideals of peace, love and brotherhood.
4. Freemasonry considers its goal to be the moral improvement of its members, and, ultimately, of humanity as a whole.
5. Freemasonry imposes on all brothers the obligation to strictly and accurately observe the rituals and preserve the traditions of Masonic symbolism as a basis for recognition by other members of the spiritual ordination Order.
6. Freemasonry imposes an obligation on all brothers to respect each other's opinions and beliefs. It prohibits the brothers from any discussions on controversial political and religious issues. It considers itself an unchanging center of fraternal unity, tolerance and mutual understanding, fruitful harmony between people who outside of it are prone to disputes and discord among themselves.
7. Freemasons make their solemn commitments on the Book of the Sacred Law of their faith, so that the commitment they make acquires for them the force of a sacred and inviolable oath.
8. Masons leave the profane world and gather in lodges, where three great Lights of the Order are always present and visible: the Book of Sacred Law, the Compass and Square, and work there with diligence and zeal in accordance with the ritual, principles and provisions of the Constitution and General Regulations of obedience.
9. Masons accept into their lodges only people of good morals and impeccable reputation, loyal to the secular authorities, as well as prudent, worthy and in all respects deserving to be called Brothers, believers in the high predestination of man and the boundless power of the Eternal.
10. Masons in their lodges cultivate love for their country, respect for its laws and legitimately elected authorities. They consider work in all its forms to be the highest and most honorable human obligation.
11. Masons by their example and constant hard work with dignity keep the Masonic secret in the name of the prosperity of the Order.
12. Masons undertake to help and protect each other. They, under any circumstances, remain calm and balanced, necessary for perfect self-control.
TWELVE PRINCIPLES OF REGULARITY
Masons solemnly undertake and swear not to reveal to anyone any of the mysteries of the Order, except for true and legitimate brothers or a properly established and open lodge of Freemasons. They also keep love for their Brothers in their hearts, should comfort them in times of adversity and come to their aid if necessary.
They also undertake to honor and comply with the rules provided for in the above twelve principles of regularity.
Masons believe that all people, despite the differences in their social status and giftedness, have equal rights and responsibilities. They consider it their duty to behave themselves in accordance with this conviction and to encourage everyone around them to treat their neighbors in a brotherly way, with love and respect, on the basis of universal equality and fraternity.
Masons strive for the spiritual and mental perfection of the members of their Order and practice the principles of humanity. The principles of their activity are the following: the use of a universal system of symbolic instructions known as Royal Art, the respectful use of established rituals, charitable activities, tolerance and impeccable behavior.
The lodge is a place where perfect harmony and brotherly love reign; no profane passions are allowed into it. During Masonic meetings, all Brothers must behave in such a way that no word or deed of their own does not disturb the harmony of the meeting.
Freemasons accept into the Brotherhood only people of free and good morals who intend to work actively in the name of their spiritual and moral improvement. They do not divide their initiates according to their faith, race, nationality or social status.
No Mason is allowed to wear his Masonic regalia - aprons, ribbons, pendants, etc. - outside the lodge walls and not during a regular and properly open meeting, except in cases specified by special order of the Grand Master.
No Mason is allowed to publish, issue or otherwise disclose - in Masonic or profane press - any information or documents, publishing which, he, voluntarily or not, violates Masonic laws or points of his obligations with respect to the Order or its individual members, as well as if they contradict the principles of the Order or tarnish its honor or the honor of its individual members.
All Brothers undertake not to take any part, overt or covert, in the meetings of any Masonic organizations not recognized by the Grand Lodge of Kazakhstan.
All Brothers undertake to recognize and respect the jurisdiction and prerogatives of the Grand Lodges, if they are duly established and recognized.
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF THE RECOGNITION OF THE GRAND LODGE
When deciding to recognize a Grand Lodge as a fraternal jurisdiction, the Grand Lodge of Kazakhstan is guided by the following rules adopted by the United Grand Lodge of England on September 4, 1929:
1. Regularity of origin: Each Grand Lodge must be established by three or more lodges, which in turn were legitimately created by another Grand Lodge having regular recognition. A newly established Grand Lodge must be established with the participation of its mother Grand Lodge.
2. Faith in the Great Architect of the Universe and His will revealed through Revelation is a necessary and fundamental condition for membership in the Order.
3. All initiates must make commitments to the open Book of the Sacred Law, this term means a Revelation from above, set forth in the holy scriptures of the religion of a candidate.
4. Members of the Grand Lodge and individual Venerable Lodges in its jurisdiction can only be men, and no Grand Lodge should have any Masonic ties
with any lodges with mixed or female membership.
5. The Grand Lodge must have supreme and sovereign authority over the lodges under its aegis, that is, it must be a responsible, independent and self-governing organization with undivided and indisputable authority over the Freemasonry of symbolic degrees (Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master) on its territory, in no way subordinate to, or sharing power with the Supreme Council or any other Masonic authority claiming power or control of these degrees.
6. The Three Great Lights of Freemasonry (namely, the Book of the Sacred Law, the Compass
and the Square) must always be present in the Grand Lodge and its subordinate individual lodges during their meetings; the main one is the Book of the Sacred Law.
7. Discussions on religious and political issues in the lodge are strictly prohibited.
8. The principles of Ancient Landmarks, customs and traditions of Freemasonry must be strictly observed.