have long pondered the meaning of our Companionship, and the
significance of Knighthood for us all. I have struggled with these
questions on sleepless nights and moments when the future of our
cause seemed too immense and indefinable. I have faced my own induction
into Knighthood, questioning its purpose and results.
Inspiration escaped me. The heavens, metaphorically,
failed to part. The harder I tried, the more difficult it became.
I found myself distracted by thoughts and rules and matters of protocol
that would drag what is spiritual into something mundane. And in
the end, what would we have? Would we preserve something that by
nature escapes definition? Codify what is alive and therefore always
changing? Create another order of chivalry that would stand among
others and prove nothing of the depth of what we speak?
I was deeply troubled by all this, that
we could come this far only to lose our vital spontaneity for the
sake of handheld doctrines.
Whenever I silenced my thoughts for inspiration,
the same words whispered in the back of my mind:
is the secret of the Grail?
Whom does it serve?
At first I responded
with frustration. I wanted answers that were concrete. Only now,
on this sleepless night, do I come to realize that here lies our
directiondeeply rooted in our spiritual quest, in our cultural
traditions and in all things chivalric and human. Only in relationship
to these questions do we retain our purity and depth by continually
challenging our intellect and moral fiber. The answer was glaring
at me all along. It was the world of finite expectations that distracted
me with particulars that in the end might ruin everything.
My Companionsit is
time on your journey, which is your life, to willingly set forth
on your personal and collective quest for that which we call the
This is not some game or puzzle. It is
our greatest challenge, one that will define each of us.
The Grail Knights of lore showed
us the way. Unconditional commitment to the discovery of Truth.
They left their preconceptions behind and searched for months, sometimes
years, so that the search itself shaped who they became. Most failed
in the end. Many died. All faced adventures, learned from the wise
and confronted spiritual lessons. The few who succeeded became Grail
Knights worthy of the name.
Whether or not you aspire to become a Knight,
you are hereby charged, as Companions, by worth of your soul,
to find your secret of the Grail.
By searching the "tangled forests"
of men's hearts, the "labyrinths" of your mind, the "portents"
of everyday life. By being true to your ideals, by discovering them
anew each day when you rise from bed. By listening to each man's
perspective while taking none of them as your own. By working to
save this world we live in and the people thereon. By living authentically
and making every day a day of discovery.
As Companions, we will help each other
on this quest. We will share our revelations, although each of ours
may be different.
From this quest, true Knighthood will be
born, recognized or not. The virtue of our Companionship will be
based on hard fact, rather than hopes and wishes. Our manhood will
be unquestioned. We will rise in the spirit of Chivalry-Now
as new creatures, and others will see this and respond.
Here we will find fresh, new energy with
every step we take, the contagious thrill of new discovery. No man
will be our master. We will stand tall and strong and fearless as
knights errant should.
Others might not understand, but in the
end they will respect our motives and results. They will be swayed
by our integrity.
For those who accept this challenge, I
ask that you share insights with your Companions, with the clarity
of truth that judges us all. Share your revelations so that all
of us will grow and be encouraged and corrected.
these efforts will Knighthood be granted or deniedfrom the
answers you discover, uniquely your own yet true to the Code
For the accolade is merely a rite, while
Knighthood is the living depth of what a man should be.
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