The injunctions that are laid upon every Mason after his initiation are three in number.
First, that he shall regularly attend the duties of the order.
Second, that he shall pay homage and respect to the rulers of the Lodge.
Third, that he shall diligently apply to his work in Masonry.
What these injunctions exemplify is this, three important points of distinguished excellence.
The first, zeal and attachment, in obedience to signs and summonses.
The second, humility and submission in propriety of conduct.
The third, a wish to improve, by industry and application.
These injunctions are mitigated by three kind admonititions.
1. That we do not neglect useful employments in life.
2. That we never suffer zeal to exceed the bounds of discretion.
3. That we must never enter into disputes with those who may be inclined to ridicule our system.
This will produce three pleasing effects.
1. We shall live creditably in the world.
2. We shall live comfortably in ourselves.
3. We shall live peaceably with all men.
To supply the loss that may be sustained by the non-observance of these injunctions and admonitions, a succedaneum is provided, which enforces adherence to three important points.
1. That we shall study the liberal arts at leisure.
2. That we shall trace sciences in the works of eminent masters.
3. That we shall apply to the well-informed for instruction, who will always be as ready to give it, as we can be to receive it.
The result will be three beneficial consequences.
1. That we shall gain knowledge by our diligence.
2. That we shall improve that knowledge by our experience.
3. That we shall extend that knowledge by our excellence.
The Grand Ultimatum is, that having gained true wisdom, we shall be found useful in every station, and aim to acquire real happiness.