By CH Vail
First released in 1909, this e-book contains a sequence of lectures, first given in Pullman Memorial Church, Albion, big apple. the aim of those lectures is to contemplate the starting place and nature of the traditional Mysteries and glossy Masonry and to teach the relation which they undergo one to the opposite. Chapters comprise The Egyptian, Hindu and Persian Mysteries, The Christian Mysteries, The which means Of actual Initiation, Masonic heritage, and The starting place and heritage of the Knights Templars.
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An inverted level or tau cross, was inscribed on his breast, this was a badge of innocence and a symbol of eternal life. lie was invested with the sacred sash or belt, and finally, he was entrusted with the sublime Name which was known only to the Initiated. The Arch Brahmin then entered on an explanation of the various emblems which were arranged around him; with the arcana of the hidden science enfolded under the holy gloom of the mysterious veil. An extensive system of symbolical instruction was also used in the Hindu Mysteries, and their philosophy was veiled under the impervious shade of hiero-glyphical symbols, unintelligible to the profane, and intended to lead them into a maze of error, from which it was difficult to extract a single idea which bore any semblance to the original truth.
Epiphanius as an outsider could not be expected to understand the rites he describes, and as a narrow bigot he could not be expected to deal with them fairly. " You notice here the "crowing of the cock" which is connected with the crucifixion of Jesus, and the cross marked on the forehead, hands, and knees or feet of the image, or the one who has returned from the Underworld (Hades). Epiphanius tells us that the mystic rite represents a macrocosmic mystery. Very true, but it also represents a microcosmic mystery.
Here sat the Archimagus in the East, elevated on a throne of burnished gold, crowned with a rich diadem decorated with myrtle boughs, and habited in a flowing tunic of a bright cerulean tincture; round him were arranged in solemn order the Presules, and dispensers of the mysteries; forming altogether a reverend assembly, which covered the awe-struck aspirant with a profound feeling of veneration; and by an involuntary impulse, frequently produced an act of worship. Here he was received with congratulations; and after having entered into the usual engagements for keeping secret the sacred rites of Mithras, the sacred words were entrusted to him, of which the ineffable Tetractys, or Name of God, was the chief.