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Baba Jaswant Singh Opens Masonic Centre In Karnal

By Deepak Arora

KARNAL, Feb 1: Baba Jaswant Singh Ji Nirmal of Zarifa Farm inaugurated the Gaurav Dhamija International Masonic Centre here on Thursday.

The centre has been built by Inderjit Dhamija, a prominent Freemason of Karnal, in the memory of his late son, Gaurav Dhamija, for the charitable and socio-religious activities in Karnal. Several Karnal and other Freemasons have also contributed towards setting up this centre.

Freemasonry is an organisation formed in india by the Britishers in the late seventeen century in Calcutta, the English capital of those times, and in Karnal a branch of it was opened in the year 1836 with its head quarters at the Mall Road opposite to the now DC house.

It was then named as the Light of the North Lodge under the English Constitution and was controlled by the United Grand Lodge of England. The building housing this light of the north lodge was later occupied by the church authorities when this lodge was shifted to Ambala due to change in military strategy of the Britishers.

In 1982 a lodge was constituted under the Indian Constitution in Karnal and was named as Lodge Karan No. 244 but was without its premises for its activities.

It may be montioned that in the year 2016, Gaurav Dhamija died in an accident. It was later decided to build this centre with the help of local Freemasons. Its foundation stone was laid on October 9, 2016 and on completion it was named as Gaurav Dhamija International Masonic Centre.

This centre comprises of a temple, activities hall and a Masonic charitable poly clinic.

Though the first Masonic meeting was held in this building on December 18, 2017, the official opening of the centre was held today (February 1) to coincide with the birth anniversary of Gaurav Dhamija, who was born in the year 1980.

Dhamija family organised charity on the opening day and sweets fruits and woollen cloths were distributed to nearly 100 needy people.

Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the 'leaks' you find

NEW DELHI, Feb 1: A man was asked to paint a boat.

He brought with him paint and brushes and began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him.

While painting, he noticed that there was a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it.

When finished painting, he received his money and left.

The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him with a nice cheque, much higher than the payment for painting.

The painter was surprised and said "You've already paid me for painting the boat Sir!"

"But this is not for the paint job. It's for having repaired the hole in the boat."

"Ah! But it was such a small service... certainly it's not worth paying me such a high amount for something so insignificant."

"My dear friend, you do not understand. Let me tell you what happened.

When I asked you to paint the boat, I forgot to mention about the hole.

When the boat dried, my kids took the boat and went on a fishing trip.

They did not know that there was a hole. I was not at home at that time.

When I returned and noticed they had taken the boat, I was desperate because I remembered that the boat had a hole.

Imagine my relief and joy when I saw them returning from fishing.

Then, I examined the boat and found that you had repaired the hole! You see, now, what you did? You saved the life of my children! I do not have enough money to pay your 'small' good deed."

So, no matter who, when or how. Just continue to help, sustain, wipe tears, listen attentively and carefully repair all the 'leaks' you find, because you never know when one is in need of us or when God holds a pleasant surprise for us to be helpful and important to someone.

You may have repaired numerous 'boat holes' along the way... of several people without realizing how many lives you've saved.



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