310 THE SECRET DOCTRINE. I II.
THE MYSTERY LANGUAGE AND ITS KEYS.
RECENT discoveries made by great mathematicians and Kabalists thus prove, beyond a shadow of doubt, that every theology, from the earliest and oldest down to the latest, has sprung not only from a common source of abstract beliefs, but from one universal esoteric, or "Mystery" language. These scholars hold the key to the universal language of old, and have turned it successfully, though only once, in the hermetic- ally closed door leading to the Hall of Mysteries. The great archaic system known from prehistoric ages as the sacred Wisdom Science, one that is contained and can be traced in every old as well as in every new religion, had, and still has, its universal language ó suspected by the Mason Ragan ó the language of the Hierophants, which has seven "dialects," so to speak, each reterring, and being specially appropriated. to one of the seven mysteries of Nature Each had its own symbolism Nature could thus be either read in Its fulness, or viewed from one of its special aspects.
The proof of this lies, to this day, in the extreme difficulty which the Orientalists in general, the indianisns and Egyptologists especially, experience in interpreting the allegorical writings of the Aryans and the hieratic records of old Egypt. This is because they will never remember that all the ancient records were written in a language which was uni- versal and known to all nations alike in days of old, but which is now intelligible only to the few. Like the Arabic figures which are plain to a man of whatever nation, or like the English word and, which becomes et for the Frenchman, und fur the German, and so on, yet which may be expressed for all civilized nations in the simple sign & ó so all the words of that mystery language signified the same thing to each man of whatever nationality. There have been several men of note who have tried to re-establish such a universal and philosophical tongue: Delgatme, Wilkins, Leibnitz; but Demaimieux, in his Parigraphie, is the only one who has proven its possibility. The scheme of Valentinius, called the "Greek Kabala," baud on the combination of Greek letters, might sent as a model.
The many-sided facets of the mystery language have led to the adoption of widely varied dogmas and rites in the exotericism of the Church rituals. It is they, again, which are at the origin of most of the dogmas of the Christian Church, e.g., the seven Sacraments, the Trinity, the Resurrection; the seven capital Sins and the seven Virtues. The seven keys to the mystery tongue. however, having always been in