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A Great Corruption of Man and His World

A Great Corruption of Human Nature

“Toward the middle of the Atlantean evolution a calamity gradually befell humanity. The Mysteries of the Initiates had to be carefully kept secret from those who had not purified their astral bodies from sin. Had they gained insight into that hidden knowledge, into the laws by means of which higher beings directed the forces of nature, they would have employed those forces thus placed at their disposal for their own perverted needs and passions. The danger was all the greater because mankind was coming, as has been described, into the sphere of lower spiritual beings, who could not take part in the regular evolution of the earth and were therefore working against it. These persistently influenced humanity in such a way as to instill into it interests which were actually directed against human welfare. But mankind still had the power to employ the forces of growth and reproduction belonging to animal and human nature in their own service.

“Not only humanity in general, but even some of the initiates yielded to temptation from low spiritual beings. They were induced to employ the supersensible forces mentioned above for a purpose which ran counter to human evolution. And for this purpose they sought out associates who were not initiated, and who made use of the secrets of the supersensible forces of nature for low ends. The result was a great corruption of human nature.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Mysteries Had to Be Secret

I have written on this before. The great mysteries of spiritual development, or Mysticism, if you prefer, have always been kept secret from the general public. This is not because the Initiates are greedy of stingy, but to protect humanity from the kind of thing Steiner is writing about. Hitler and Nero are examples of people who learned some of the esoteric knowledge that was to be kept secret and look at how harmful they were. If they were not protected, it could—and did—lead to great corruption.

Directing Forces of Nature

According to Steiner, part of these mysteries was the ability to direct forces of nature. There is evidence in records of some mystery schools of individuals who could do this. It is said that they could turn a tornado or hurricane away from their location when it was heading directly for them. Or they could bring rain to an area suffering a drought. But such power was not found in the average initiate of the mystery schools, but only the most advanced members. It is true, though, that even junior initiates could accomplish such things when a group of them worked together. That is why the history of mystics almost always has them clustered together in schools or communities. Even today, in what many think is a rather enlightened age, few realize the effects our thoughts and emotions have on the weather and the environment in general. Part of the great corruption of humanity is that we live in ignorance of the effects of our choices. Continue reading “A Great Corruption of Man and His World”

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Secret Schools of Mystery and Civilization

“Few realize the extent to which the ancient secret schools influenced contemporary intellects and, through these minds, posterity. Robert Macoy, in his General History of Freemasonry, pays a magnificent tribute to the part played by the ancient Mysteries in the rearing of the edifice of human culture. He says , in part: ‘It appears that all the perfection of civilization, and all the advancements made in philosophy, science, and art among the ancients are due to those institutions which, under the veil of mystery, sought to illustrate the sublimest truths of religion, morality, and virtue, and impress them on the hearts of their disciples.’ … With the decline of virtue, which has preceded the destruction of every nation of history, the Mysteries became perverted. Sorcery took the place of the divine magic.” ~Manly P. Hall

Secret Schools

Whether you call them Secret Schools, Mystery Schools, or ancient philosophy schools, there is no doubt that such schools existed and that they had a great influence. They existed in many different parts of the world. We are most familiar with the ones of ancient Egypt and Greece, but they were also in Babylonia, Rome, Israel, and more. In more recent times, they were found in Europe and India, and still are. And when these schools were either shut down by materialistic governments, or altered their teachings due to bad leadership internally, those nations they were in usually declined.

Secret Schools and Culture

While many don’t realize it, the ancient secret schools have contributed greatly to the development of human culture. Whether is science, art, or philosophy, we owe much to such schools.

Probably one of the first things that helped man develop into civilize societies was the development of farming. Rather than roaming around, individually or in groups, looking for food and shelter, they could now stay in one place and have food when they needed it. It was undoubtedly the ancient shamans, and the secret schools that taught them, that were responsible for this development.

The next step was probably the building of shelters rather than relying on nature to provide dank caves and tunnels to live in. The secret schools and their students helped here as well. They developed the art of making tools and using them to construct shelters.

Chemistry, astronomy, biology, and so on all owe much the mystery schools. There are two simple reasons for this. The mystery schools were willing to try new things where many others were not. Most of all, the mystery schools had knowledge that others didn’t have. Some wonder why the secret schools didn’t simply share that knowledge openly. They didn’t share most of it because it would be misused by those who had not been properly initiated. They did share what would not be harmful and would help man become more civilized.

But civilization is a two-sided coin. It brings us many benefits, but also much evil. People gathered together in a territory are more likely to start wars with other communities than are those wandering hunter-gatherers. And the have the time and resources to develop better weapons. Also, disease will spread more easily in cities and towns than in open areas. That includes some mental illnesses which are contagious on an energy level. Continue reading “Secret Schools of Mystery and Civilization”