“Supreme among the wonders of antiquity, unrivaled by the achievements of later architects and builders, the Great Pyramid of Giza bears mute witness to an unknown civilization which, having completed its predestined span, passed into oblivion. Eloquent in its silence, inspiring in its majesty, divine in its simplicity, the Great Pyramid is indeed a sermon in stone. Its magnitude overwhelms the puny sensibilities of man. Among the shifting sands of time it stands a fitting emblem of eternity itself. Who were the illumined mathematicians who planned its parts and dimensions, the master craftsmen who supervised its construction, the skilled artisans who trued its blocks of stone?
“The earliest and best known account of the building of the Great Pyramid is that given by the highly revered but somewhat imaginative historian, Herodotus. …
“While his account is extremely colorful, it is apparent that the Father of History, for reasons which he doubtless considered sufficient, concocted a fraudulent story to conceal the true origin and purpose of the Great Pyramid. This is but one of several instances in his writings which would lead the thoughtful reader to suspect that Herodotus was an initiate of the Sacred Schools and consequently obligated to preserve inviolate the secrets of the ancient orders.” ~Manly P. Hall
The Great Pyramid
The Great Pyramid is an architectural wonder and to many, a great mystery. The general theory of history is that it was built as a tomb for a pharaoh. But no pharaoh was found buried in it. Besides, just because some pyramids served as tombs doesn’t mean that was their only purpose. Many Christian Cathedrals in Europe have the graves of certain church dignitaries or other famous people in them, yet that does not mean their primary function was as a tomb.
Passed Into Oblivion
I don’t think it is accurate to say that the advanced civilization that built the Great Pyramid “passed into oblivion”. Those people may be gone, but much of what they knew was passed on to other civilizations including ancient Greece. So in my opinion, you can’t say they passed into oblivion when a lot of their knowledge, both physical and spiritual, was passed on to other civilizations.
Sermon in Stone
The Great Pyramid is a “sermon in stone” because it has much to say. It isn’t just an interesting architectural design. A great deal of knowledge is built into its design and location. The height to width ratio, The alignment with the poles, the relationship with the other two nearby pyramids, and so on tell a story. Part of that story is about the physical sciences, part of it is spiritual. Much of it remains hidden, but will likely be revealed in the next few decades.
A lot of pyramid lore has to do with the capstone of the Great Pyramid. Did it have one? What was it made of? What happened to it? There is much speculation, most of it no more than that. The truth is that it never had a capstone, at least not one made of stone, gold, or anything similar. The top of the pyramid was used for initiates in the mysteries to hold ceremonies and face the rising sun. So you might say that these initiates were the real capstone of the Great Pyramid. And it is that fact which makes this pyramid truly the Great Pyramid. As a grave for some long-forgotten Pharaoh, it has little importance, but as a temple of the mystical initiates, it has real importance. And some other pyramids were used by other groups of mystics in the same way. Not only in Egypt but also in other places where pyramids have been found such as in South America. Even if spiritual techniques were not practiced on top of some of them, they served as a center for spiritual communities and initiates. They are more than architectural wonders.