By CH Vail
First released in 1909, this publication involves a chain of lectures, first given in Pullman Memorial Church, Albion, big apple. the aim of those lectures is to think about the starting place and nature of the traditional Mysteries and glossy Masonry and to teach the relation which they undergo one to the opposite. Chapters contain The Egyptian, Hindu and Persian Mysteries, The Christian Mysteries, The that means Of actual Initiation, Masonic historical past, and The foundation and heritage of the Knights Templars.
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They contained all that was most profound in philosophy and most spiritual in religion. Such were the Ancient Mysteries of which Masonry is the successor. Lecture 2. The Egyptian, Hindu, And Persian Mysteries Undoubtedly the ceremonies of Initiation were originally few, and all were intended to symbolize the progress of the human soul they were the outward signs of an inward fact. Initiation, as we shall see in a subsequent lecture, was regeneration a real spiritual "new becoming" or re-birth. The candidate himself became the thing symbolized Hermes, Buddha, Christ, etc.
The interior has many galleries and secret caverns, and in the inmost recesses of the structure a “cubical cista”—a sepulchre where the candidate was laid during his entranced state. An account of the Initiation is given by Dr. Oliver 'n his History of Initiations which we herewith condense as follows: The mysteries were divided into four degrees. The candidate might perform his first probation at the early age of eight years. ” This investiture was attended with numerous ceremonies and ended with an extended lecture from the preceptor.
At the conclusion of the circuits, the candidate was placed in the care of a spiritual guide, and directed to observe proper silence during the succeeding ceremonies. He was then passed through seven ranges of dark and gloomy caverns; amid the din of howls, shrieks and dismal lamentations, a sudden explosion was heard which seemed to rend the mountains; flashes of light streamed before his eyes, and then all was darkness and silence. Gradually he beheld shadows and phantoms of various shapes, some with many hands, arms and legs, while others had none; the most terrible and frightful figures appeared, all typifying the generation of the Gods, and other sacred mysteries.
Ancient Mysteries And Modern Masonry by CH Vail