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Spiritual Secrets of Mystery Schools

“If you would know what eye has not seen nor ear heard and what has not arisen in the human heart, and who stands high above all good, swear to keep the mystery of instruction secret. Our father, who saw the good perfected in him, has kept the mysteries of silence secret. He has sworn and will not waver. Here is his oath: “I swear by the one over all, which is the Good, to keep these mysteries, to tell them to no one, and not to go from the Good back to the creation.” When you take this oath, you enter the Good and see what eye has not seen nor ear heard and what has not arisen in the human heart. You drink from the living water, the washing, the spring of living water bubbling up. ” ~Book of Baruch

Need for Secrets

There is a strong belief among many these days that there should be no secrets. Governments shouldn’t keep things secret from the people. Businesses should keep formulas and processes secret so only they can sell that product or service.

Even that much is not the great idea that it may seem to be at first. A government that can’t keep things secret could never negotiate treaties. A government that can’t develop new technologies in secret won’t bother to develop them at all. Likewise for a business that has to share all it develops with its competitors. So while an end to materialism and capitalism is desirable, until that happens, taking away the rights of governments and businesses to keep secrets is foolish.

Another reason to keep secrets is that it is dangerous to share certain information. I remember how upset many people got some years ago when a fool wrote and published a book with instruction on making bombs from easily obtained chemicals. It is obvious to those with a functioning brain that no one but a person desiring to harm others has any need to know how to build a bomb. When you write such a book, you know your customers will be terrorists and criminals. Claiming that you are not responsible for how people use the information you provide is stupid. Of course you are. Continue reading “Spiritual Secrets of Mystery Schools”

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Wisdom of the Magi

“To attain the SANCTUM REGNUM, in other words, the power and knowledge of the Magi, there are four indispensable conditions – an intelligence illuminated by study, an intrepidity which nothing can check, a will which cannot be broken, and a prudence which nothing can corrupt and nothing intoxicate. TO KNOW, TO DARE, TO WILL, TO KEEP SILENT, – such are the four words of the Magus, inscribed upon the four symbolic forms of the sphinx. … The first of all magical sciences being the knowledge of one’s self, so is one’s own creation first of all works of science; it comprehends the others and is the beginning of the Great Work.” ~Eliphas Levi

Sphinx and pyramidI would add one very important thing, but I’ll get to it later. What Levi is saying is that to achieve real spiritual enlightenment and Gnosis, and not just some feel-good new age silliness, one has to do things and follow certain rules.

First, you have to study. This may initially start by reading books, but eventually must go beyond that. Just as a top scientist, lets say a physicist for example, doesn’t get there just by reading what earlier physicists have wrote, neither can the spiritual scientist (and spiritual study is a science, though very different from material science with different rules and methods). But once you have learned what you can from the books, which is primarily what you need to do to gain further enlightenment, you need to move on to other forms of study. You can experiment on you own, but that’s somewhat like getting one of those live oysters on the boardwalk in the hope that you will find a great and perfect pearl inside. The odds of that happening are very slim. A better choice is to find a reputable spiritual teacher or spiritual school to continue your studies with. This is necessary because much of the teaching are never written, or are written only in a codified form that cannot be understood without knowing the key (most of the Dead Sea Scrolls are in this category). Continue reading “Wisdom of the Magi”

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