Secret Knowledge of the Ancients
“The Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians had all of them the same knowledge of the secrets of Nature, and also the same religion. It was only the names that differed. The Chaldeans and Persians called their doctrine Sophia and Magic; and the Egyptians, because of the sacrifice, called their wisdom priestcraft. The magic of the Persians, and the theology of the Egyptians, were both of them taught in the schools of old. Though there were many schools and learned men in Arabia, Africa, and Greece, … still there were different opinions among them as to the wisdom of the Egyptian on points wherein they themselves differed, and whereupon they disagreed with it. For this reason Pythagoras could not be called a wise man, because the Egyptian priestcraft and wisdom were not perfectly taught, although he received therefrom many mysteries and arcane knowledge; and that Anaxagoras had received a great many as well, is clear from his discussions on the subject of Sol and its Stone, which he left behind him after his death. Yet he differed in many respects from the Egyptians. Even they would not be called wise men or Magi; but, following Pythagoras, they assumed the name of philosophy: yet they gathered no more than a few gleams like shadows from the magic of the Persians and the Egyptians.” ~Paracelsus
Knowledge is something most of us seek. But not all knowledge is good. For example, knowledge of ways to kill yourself quickly and easily should not be shared with someone prone to bouts of depression. Adam and Eve got into trouble when they ate from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the evil part that is the problem. What that allegorical tale really means is that Adam and Eve turned to the light of the physical sun and were pulled down into the physical dimension because of it. That is knowledge they would have been far better off without. In most cases, though, gaining knowledge is a worthy pursuit.
Chaldeans, Persians, and Egyptians
The Chaldeans and Persians were among the ancient civilizations that had a lot of spiritual knowledge. Much of that knowledge was passed on to the Egyptians. But this secret knowledge was around even before the Persians and Chaldeans. It was also found in Atlantis, which was a real place, a real civilization, though some of the details in Plato’s tale of that land may not be accurate. Continue reading “Secret Knowledge of the Chaldeans, Persians, and Others”