My exploration into Freemasonry. The title, "Journey To The East" after Hemann Hesse's book by the same title. In college this book, along with Siddartha, were important to me. I have found so much misinformation about Mason's on the web that I feel compelled to share to factual information. You are welcomed to follow my "Journey To The East."
"27° - Knight Commander of the Temple This degree teaches the apprentice to scorn selfishness and to uphold the knightly virtues of charity, truth and honor. We should always strive to assist the poor, helpless and infirm. The apron is of scarlet lambskin, lined in black, with a Teutonic Cross (cross potent sable, charged with a smaller cross double potent or surcharged with the escutcheon of the Empire, the two-headed black eagle) and a black key surrounded by a laurel wreath. The jewel is the Teutonic Cross shown on the apron. The duties are to be a lover of wisdom and to be faithful to your promises made within Masonry."