Schuré - The Great Initiates – Egypt as the axis of the Mysteries
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The Great Initiates – Edouard Schuré
Egypt was a veritable citadel of sacred knowledge, a school for its most illustrious prophets, a shelter and a laboratory for the noblest traditions of humanity …. the ancient Egyptians are better known to us today than any of the civilizations that preceded Greece, for Egypt reveals to us its history written on pages of stone.
Its monuments are being excavated, its hieroglyphs are being deciphered, but the deepest arcanum of its history is yet to be fathomed. This Arcanum is the esoteric teaching of its priests. This teaching, scientifically cultivated in the temples, prudently veiled in its Mysteries, reveals to us simultaneously the soul of Egypt, the secret of its politics and its preponderant role in the history of the universe……………….
From the Aryan epoch, throughout the troubled era that followed Vedic times to the Persian conquest and the Alexandrian age (that is, over a period of more than five thousand years), Egypt was the stronghold of pure and exalted teachings, whose totality constitutes the science of principles, and which can be called the esoteric orthodoxy of antiquity.
It was possible for fifty dynasties to succeed one another, for the Nile to deposit its alluvium over entire cities, for the Phoenician invasion to flood the country and be repelled; in the midst of history ebb and flow, beneath the seeming idolatry of its external polytheism, Egypt preserved the ancient foundations of esoteric theology and its priestly organization. It stood firm against the centuries like the pyramid of Gizeh, half-sunk beneath the sands, but intact.
Thanks to this immobility of the sphinx, keeping its secret, to this resistance in granite, Egypt became the axis around which the religious thought of humanity revolved in its passage from Asia to Europe. Judea, Greece and Etruria were so many spirits of life that formed different civilizations. But from whom did they draw their basic ideas, if not the living storehouse of ancient Egypt?