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Eleusinian Mysteries and Myths

“The most famous of the ancient religious mysteries were the Eleusinian, whose rites were celebrated every five years in the city of Eleusis. … The initiates f the Eleusinian school were famous throughout Greece for the beauty of their philosophical concepts and the high standards of morality which they demonstrated in their daily lives. …

“The rites of Eleusis, with their Mystic interpretations of Nature’s most precious secrets, overshadowed the civilizations of their time and gradually absorbed many smaller schools. …

“Through indirect channels, some of their secrets have been preserved. The teachings given to the neophytes were substantially as follows:

“The Soul of man—often called psyche, and in the Eleusinian mysteries symbolized by Persephone—is essentially a spiritual thing. Its true home is in the higher worlds, where, free from the bondage of material form and material concepts, it is said to be truly alive and self-expressive.” ~Manly P. Hall

Eleusinian Gnostics

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Delphi Opthalmos or Navel Stone

The ancient Greek group know as Eleusinian truly was Gnostic in nature. According to Wikipedia, the mysteries were based on the myth of the abduction of Persephone by Hades and featured a cycle of three phases: the descent, the search, and the ascent. The Eleusinian rites may have been derived from those of the Mycenean people. The city of Eleusis, where these mysteries were centered, is said to have had a “well-spring” covered by a “navel-stone”. Recent discoveries have shown that many mysterious ancient sites, especially those used for prophecy, were locate over springs. The name of the city was said to mean “Ascend” to the Greeks. Appropriate for a center of spiritual development.

Standard of Morality

It is not something people generally think of when they talk about mystery schools, but they should. You can appreciate their high standards of morality, Even if you think the religious and spiritual beliefs of these groups were rubbish, even if you think the religious and spiritual beliefs of these groups were rubbish. In truth, whether the anti-religion crowd likes it or not, the whole concept of morality was primarily developed by religions. It was also, of course, part of the basic teachings of any spiritual school. I think it is reasonable to assume that a student who did not show proper morality would not pass his trial membership. Continue reading “Eleusinian Mysteries and Myths”

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Mystery School Students of Pythagoras

“The school of Pythagoras has several peculiar characteristics. Every new member was obliged to pass a period of five years of contemplation in perfect silence; the members held everything in common, and rejected animal food; they were believers in the doctrine of metempsychosis, and were inspired with an ardent and implicit faith in their founder and teacher. So much did the element of faith enter into their training, that ‘ autos epha’ “’He said it’ – was to them complete proof. Intense fraternal affection between the pupils was also a marked feature of the school; hence their saying, ‘my friend is my other self,’ has become a byword to this day.

“The teaching was in a great measure secret, and certain studies and knowledge were allotted to each class and grade of instruction. … N o person was permitted to commit to writing any tenet, or secret doctrine, and, so far as is known, no pupil ever broke the rule until after his death and the dispersion of the school.”

“The most striking peculiarities of his doctrines are dependent on the mathematical conceptions, numerical ideas and impersonations upon which his philosophy was founded. The principles governing numbers were supposed to be the principles of all Real Existences; and as numbers are the primary constituents of Mathematical Quantities, and at the same time present many analogies to various realities, it was further inferred that the elements of numbers were the elements of Realities.” ~William Wynn Westcott

Mystery School Students

It may be true that the school of Pythagoras required a period of five years of silent contemplation, but this was not the general standard of mystery schools. Most accepted new students on a trial basis of two or three years. I have never heard of them being required to spend all that time in silent contemplation.

They were required to keep to themselves all that they were taught. I have read that some schools threatened their students with death if they revealed any on the teachings. Many think this means that other members of the school would kill them. I doubt that. No member of a legitimate spiritual school would kill another person as that would doom their own soul and stop their spiritual progress. I think it meant that they would make no further spiritual progress and lose their right to eternal life in spirit after physical death.

Fraternal Affection

There is a fraternal affection that happens with mystery school students. It becomes a community, a family. You help each other and protect each other. You get to know each other, often better than your own family knows you. This is a good thing. It is something most spiritual schools encourage. The real one do, anyway.

Studies and Classes

It is sad to see on social media how many have fallen for the sick joke that a spiritual awakening is something that happens instantly and involves no more than a recognition that the world of matter is not all that exists. No great spiritual or mystery school has ever taught such a thing. They didn’t spend years developing the students spiritual faculties slowly because they wanted to keep them in the school. They did it because it was necessary.

Gradual spiritual growth is the only safe way for mystery school students  to do it. You don’t join a gym and expect to become a champion bodybuilder in a week or two. It takes years. The same with spiritual development. It doesn’t even end with the death of the physical body. Those who awaken their spiritual faculties while still alive in the material world will continue to grow after death.  They will continue to climb one level at a time.

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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”


Hermeticism and Unity with God

“Another system that should perhaps be fitted into the Gnostic framework is Hermeticism. It is very diverse and it draws its material from many sources within the Western Mystery traditions; it considers that the whole of mankind is on a spiritual journey that is designed to return to a state of unity with the mind of God and this state of unity is its prime purpose; and it holds that spiritual growth cannot be achieved without human effort. If humanity is to reach the Divine therefore, we must aspire to the Divine.” ~Bernard Simon

Hermeticism is Gnosticism

There is really no doubt that Hermeticism is a school of Gnosticism. While some specific details vary from other schools, the primary tenets are the same. Most experts agree that the writing attributed to Hermes were probably written by several individual and collected together over a period of time.

Spiritual Journey

That mankind is on a spiritual journey is one of the beliefs of Hermeticism that it shares with many other schools. Some schools teach that we were sent here intentionally to learn before we become fully spiritual. Most Gnostic schools, however, do not consider the Great Fall into matter to be something God intended. It is instead the result of the errors made by the fallen angels.

Our spiritual journey is to get back to where we came from, not some place where we have never been. We do that by first awaken our spirit and soul using the Divine Light of the spiritual sun. Then we continue to nourish and grow our spirit and soul by regularly “feeding” them more of that Light. At the same time we are doing that, we see ourselves going into spiritual realms beyond the physical. By visualizing it, we help make it happen. Continue reading “Hermeticism and Unity with God”