By CH Vail
First released in 1909, this e-book contains a sequence of lectures, first given in Pullman Memorial Church, Albion, ny. the aim of those lectures is to contemplate the beginning and nature of the traditional Mysteries and glossy Masonry and to teach the relation which they endure one to the opposite. Chapters comprise The Egyptian, Hindu and Persian Mysteries, The Christian Mysteries, The which means Of real Initiation, Masonic historical past, and The starting place and background of the Knights Templars.
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History of Freemasonry and Concordant Orders, p. ) OCCULT SYSTEMS OF WRITING. There were various methods employed by the teachers to convey and yet conceal the truths of the Mysteries. The three main Kabbalistic systems are the Gematria, which is based on the numerical value of words applying to the letters of a word the sense they bear as numbers ; the Temura, by which a word yields its mystery by anagram the transposition of the letters and the Notaricon, which may be compared to stenography.
Thus it follows that the key to antiquity is a knowledge of its Mysteries. The late Gen. Albert Pike, formerly Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction, A. A. S. R. illustrates this by saying: "Through the veil of all the hieratic and mystic allegories of the ancient dogmas, under the seal of all the sacred writings, in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, on the worn stones of the ancient temples, and on the blackened face of the sphinx of Assyria or Egypt, in the monstrous or marvelous pictures which the sacred pages of the Vedas translate for the believers of India, in the strange emblems of our old books of Alchemy, in the ceremonies of reception practiced by all the mysterious Societies, we find traces of a doctrine everywhere the same, and everywhere carefully concealed.
These symbols were publicly displayed in their temples, bearing streams of light to the Initiated; while to the profane they were but an obscure mass of unintelligible darkness. (Oliver's History of Initiations, Ch. ) THE PERSIAN MYSTERIES. The Persian Mysteries or the Mysteries of Mithras are among the most important of antiquity. Even Pythagoras is said to have travelled from Greece to receive Initiation at the hands of those Persian Hierophants. The candidates were prepared for Initiation by various lustrations and forty degree-days of probation, which ended by a fifty-days fast.