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Sir George Trevelyan


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3  The Ageless Wisdom Re-emerges


WE HAVE SPOKEN of new knowledge. It is new and fresh, yet it is also as old as civilisation. It is indeed the ageless wisdom, the wisdom of the ancients reappearing in a form appropriate to our intellectual age. This, the stream of esoteric or secret wisdom, has flowed like a clear underground current through every epoch of history, emerging in varying forms to influence minds in each generation able to receive its nourishment.

It is the knowledge descended from exalted spiritual teachers. It was set down by the Holy Rishis in the Upanishads of ancient India. It is the secret meaning behind the sacred books of ancient Persia. In the temples of Chaldea, Egypt and Greece, the ageless wisdom was transmitted to candidates for initiation in the mystery schools. These selected individuals, worthy of the knowledge about to be conferred upon them, were subjected to rigorous training, disciplines and ordeals, culminating frequently in the ritual known as the 'Temple Sleep'. Manly P. Hall, describing the initiation by the priests in the Great Pyramid, writes:
Such methods of initiation are, needless to say, wholly unsuitable for modern man, yet the same essential truth demands attainment in other ways.

Over the Temple of Delphi was carved the inscription: "Man, know thyself and thou shalt know the Universe". This relation of man to the living cosmos is entirely lost in our materialistic culture. The initiate priests knew that man was a microcosm reflecting and embodying the macrocosm. "Who has put wisdom in the inward parts?" In the human organism is the wisdom of the cosmos, and man as archetypal idea was first in the creation, though last to appear in physical evolution.

Such teachings are essentially aspects of the spiritual world view. They revealed the divine origin of the human spirit, its imperishable quality, its descent into the limitations of the body upon earth, the meaning of its trials and the reality of the higher worlds to which it would return. And he who divulged the secrets of the Mysteries was punished by death. The chief reason for this was that the ordinary man was simply not equipped to handle revelations which were too puissant for his limited consciousness and soul.

In ancient times, the wisdom in question was made accessible to the public at large in symbolic form, through myth, legend and drama. These served as conducting mediums, so to speak, and also as insulation – much as modern electronic apparatus concentrates, channels and protects us from a force that, in its raw form, might prove destructive. But myth, allegory and legend were certainly no simplistic inventions of simple or primitive folk. On the contrary, they are repositories for a profound and potent wisdom. The collective unconscious of a race, or the genius of an individual, uses such vehicles as a channel by means of which the higher worlds can give to man the great truths about the nature of the soul in a form it can accept, and which will strengthen it in its growth. Hence their immense significance, as recognised by C.G. Jung.

All over the world, myths and fairy stories tell in their thousand variants the same great tale of the soul's descent from higher worlds into the limitations of matter. They impart to the young mind a spiritual picture of life. Paradoxically, therefore, one of the great bulwarks against such materialistic doctrines as Marxism would be the telling of fairy stories to the child, thereby building into the young soul, if only subconsciously, the certainty of its divine origin and spiritual destiny. In our intellectual age, the reinterpreting of the myths is a great and important channel for knowledge. The soul knows the truth which, when assimilated and interpreted by the mind, causes the heart to leap with joy to embrace it.

The Mysteries continued into the Roman epoch in a debased form. Then the Empire, under Constantine, was converted to Christianity. When all Roman citizens were compelled to take the faith and a great priesthood had to deal with large numbers, the secret teachings were inevitably driven further underground and subjected to persecution. Christ Himself had sent the gifts of the spirit and insisted that the individual could make direct contact with spiritual worlds. His disciples received, developed and practised what He had taught them, but the later priesthood declared such practices heretical. Through subsequent centuries, they were suppressed as witchcraft and heresy. In consequence, the great esoteric teachings were passed on to Gnostic sects, like the Cathars, or through secret teachings or orders like the Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians and the Masons. Many of these, too – the Templars, for example – were suppressed and cruelly persecuted. Many naturally became debased and lost their original intention, their original purity. But the ageless wisdom, lighting up in esoteric Christianity, runs like a golden thread through Western history, appearing in a guise appropriate for each successive age. We are now experiencing a new manifestation of it, uniquely suited to our own epoch. This is the rising tide of which we have spoken, which offers a new hope and certainty for mankind.

A great turning point occurred at the end of the 19th Century. By that time, Western man had reached a period known to esoteric wisdom as the end of the Kali Juga, or Dark Age – an era, that is, in which the possibility of the individual opening his consciousness to spiritual worlds had become increasingly difficult. Religious forms might continue, but only as empty forms, while direct knowledge of higher worlds had become virtually impossible. Immediately afterwards, however, this bleak situation reversed itself – a fact to which the ever-mounting interest in spiritual knowledge bears witness. And this time, the ageless wisdom was disseminated by seers in terms that suited the highly developed intellectuality of the period. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine, Annie Besant's Theosophy, Steiner's Anthroposophy and Alice Bailey's esoteric writings all herald a resurgence of spiritual energy issuing from both east and west. A veritable flood of books and papers on esoteric subjects was soon being published – and continues to be so today. It exerted a profound influence on the great cultural figures of the time, as well as on pioneers in psychology like C.G. Jung. Now, the secret wisdom is accessible to all who are able to receive it. Moreover, it has become accessible not only to groups, but to individuals, provided they adhere to the right paths. Attaining it is a quest of immeasurable importance, fraught, of course, with dangers, but offering immense recompense and reward. For many people today, it has become the true purpose of life on earth. It may ultimately prove the key to the redemption of mankind.

It is now clearer than ever that the human body is itself the temple into which the spirit descends. Greek temples offered the God a chamber in which it might touch down upon earth.

In a very profound sense, we now need no temple, for the body offers the chamber which can allow divinity to come to birth in each individual heart. Thus, every man is responsible for his own body as the temple for the new mysteries; he must prepare it by cleansing the blood through appropriate diet, correct breathing, training and meditation. The body must become an organ through which the light and fire of the spirit can work to overcome the darkness of our environment. Our polluted world can be redeemed only if man so transforms himself that the very cells of his body bear and carry the radiant light of the spirit. This point is wonderfully demonstrated in Mary Fullerson's book, The Form of the Fourth.

In light of this, we can begin to recognise how much the temples of man reflect the human body. It is as if the great architects externalised in their buildings their own experience of themselves. Sometimes this may have been unconscious, but research into lost knowledge confirms that immense wisdom was often deliberately built into temples and cathedrals. The proportions of the body are as the harmonies of music, and are reflected again in the great edifices of worship. There is also reason to believe that the so-called subtle bodies of man, with their etheric centres or chakras, are also represented in churches and cathedrals. If man is indeed the microcosm reflecting and embodying the macrocosm, then within the miracle of the body must be enshrined all the secrets of the cosmos.



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