incident of the religious life and is performed at the West endof a Church, just as a Masonic Candidate enters the Lodgeand begins his Masonic career in the symbolic West. It is aceremony provided to give an answer to what the Candidateprofesses to be the predominant wish of his heart — a wishwell expressed by probably the oldest prayer in the world,which is still used daily by millions of our fellowmen in theEast:—
From the unreal lead me to the Real;
From the darkness lead me to Light;
From the mortal bring me to Immortality!
The presence or absence of this aspiration in a Candidateshould be the test of his fitness for Initiation. Any lessexalted motive for seeking Initiation falls short of the trueintention. The Candidate's attitude should be one of definiteintelligent expectation of spiritual good to come to him, andof positive aspiration and heart-hunger for it; equally definitely it must not be for any material or social advantage,nor a merely negative state of curiosity or uncertainty as towhat is to be found in the Craft.
For every Candidate the Initiation Ceremony implies thatwhatever academic or scientific learning he possesses,