In the context of the Shrine, the Divan is the “Board of Directors” or “Executive Council” of the organization, and serves as the management team for both fraternal and business activities of the Temple. Each Shrine Temple has its own Divan, and the minimum number of Divan members is set by Imperial by-laws at seven, with each of these being elected by the Nobility (membership). Therefore, all Shrine Temples have at least seven members on the Divan, but some have more.
Once I was the Great I Am,
to whom all lesser lights salaam,
respected, honored and obeyed,
an impressive sight when on parade.
My word was law none dare gainsay,
my slightest wish, supreme my sway,
I was a man of high estate –
THE ILLUSTRIOUS POTENTATE.
Death is a solemn visitor, and fills our hearts with sadness. Although we know he is a messenger from God to summon our loved ones from the troubled cares of this world to a life of peace and rest, that he has sent to all the myriads who have gone before, and will soon come to us with all that is promised in the Great Light of Truth yet he is unwelcome.
Solemn because irrevocable is the reality of the lesson taught by the Scythe of Time, which cuts the brittle thread of life and launches us into eternity. We are sad because one so near and dear to us by fraternal ties is gone.