By CH Vail
First released in 1909, this publication includes a chain of lectures, first given in Pullman Memorial Church, Albion, ny. the aim of those lectures is to think about the beginning and nature of the traditional Mysteries and smooth 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 heritage of the Knights Templars.
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OBJECT OF THE MYSTERIES. The object of the Mysteries was the instruction and development of man. They were the work of genius employing the sciences and a profound knowledge of the human heart in the task of purifying the soul, and seeking man's felicity by the means of virtue. Great emphasis was laid upon man's immortality, and the object and purpose of the Mysteries was to fit him for a blessed state beyond. Thus these mysteries taught the condition of the postmortem state, and strove to develop in the candidate the powers that would enable him to verify the instruction, for, himself.
History of Initiation, Oliver, Ch. ) The candidate was then instructed in the secret science. The meaning of the emblems was explained, the incidents experienced converted to a moral purpose, and their significance made clear. Nothing was done without a purpose and every experience illustrated some truth and fact in nature. What they were designed to set forth we shall see in subsequent lectures. Suffice it here to say, that the Mithra-Mystery was identical with the Christ-Mystery— the mystery of man’s perfection and final apotheosis.
Seated at rest in this apartment, his guide explained the elements of those invaluable secrets which were more fully developed when his initiation was complete. Having pronounced himself disposed to proceed through the remaining ceremonies, a signal was given by his conductor, and three priests immediately made their appearance; one of whom, after a long and solemn pause, cast; a living serpent into his bosom as a token of regeneration; and a private door being opened, there issued forth such howlings and cries of lamentation and despair, as struck him with new and indescribable emotions of terror.
Ancient Mysteries And Modern Masonry by CH Vail