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The Mystery Language and Its Keys

The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy (New York: Theosophist University Press, 1888), Volume 1, Book 2

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the Hebrew language being the divine language. and that (b) this universal language belongs to direct revelation!

The latter hypothesis is correct only in the sense shown in the last paragraph of the preceding ; but we have yet to agree as to the nature and character of the divine "Revealer." With regard to priority, this, to the profane. will of course depend on (a) the internal and external evidence of the revelation, and (b) on each scholar's individual precon- ception. This, however, cannot prevent either the theistic Kabalist, or the Pantheistic Occultist, from believing each in his way; neither of the two convincing the other. The data furnished by history are too meagre and unsatisfactory (or either of them to prove to the sceptic which of them is right.

On the other hand, the proofs afforded by tradition are too constantly rejected for us to hope to settle the question in our present age. Mean- while, materialistic science will be laughing impartially at both Kabalists and Occultists. But the said vexed question of priority once laid aside, Science, In its departments of philology and comparative religion, will find itself finally taken to task, and be compelled to admit the common clalm.* Its greatest scholars, instead of pooh-poohing that supposed

*One by one the claims become admitted, as one Scientist after another is compelled to recognize the facts Oven out from the Secret Doctrine though be rarely, if ever, recognizes that he his been anticipated in his statements. Thus, in the palmy days of Mr. Piazzi Smyths authority on the Pyramid of Club. his theory was, that the porphyry scarphagus of the King's Chamber "is the unit of measure for the two most enlightened nations of the earth, England and America," and was no better than a 'corn bin'' This was, vehemently denied by us in "Isis Unveiled,"

just published at that time. Then the New York press arose in arms (the "Sun" and the "World" chiefly) against our presuming to correct or find fault with such a star of learning. On p. 519, vol. I. we had said that Herodotus when treating of that Pyramid "might have added that externally it symbolised the creative principle of Nature. and illustrated also the principles of geometry, mathematics, astrology. and astronomy. Internally, it was a majestic lane, in whom sombre recesses were performed the mysteries, and whose walls had often witnessed the initiation-scenes of members of the royal family. The porphyry scarphagus which Professor Piazzi Smyth. Astronomer Royal or Scotland, degrades into corn-bin, on the baptismal font, upon emerging from which the neophyte was "born again" and became' an adept."

Our statement was laughed at in those days. We were accused of having got our ideas from the "craze" of Shaw, an English writer who had maintained that the Scarphagus had been used for the celebration of the Mysteries of Osiris, (we had never hard of that writer?) And now. six or seven years later, this is what Mr. Staniland Wake writes on p 93 of his paper, on 'The Origin and Significance of the Great Pyramid."

'The so-called Kings Chamber, of which an enthusiastic pyramidist says, "The polished walls, fine materials, grand proportions, and exalted place, eloquently tell of glories yet to come if not. the chamber of perfections of Cheops' tomb. was probably the place to which the initiate was admitted after he had pased through the narrow upward passage and the grand gallery. with its lowly termination. which gradually

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