“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 the keeping of the highest among the initiated Hierophants of antiquity, it is only the partial use of a few out of the seven which passed, through the treason of some early Church Fathers – ex-initiates of the Temples – into the hands of the new sect of the Nazarenes.
Some of the early Popes were Initiates, but the last fragments of their knowledge have now fallen into the power of the Jesuits, who have turned them into a system of sorcery.
It is maintained that India (not in its present limits, but including its ancient boundaries) is the only country in the world which still has among her sons adepts, who have the knowledge of all the seven sub-systems and the key to the entire system.
Since the fall of Memphis, Egypt began to lose those keys one by one, and Chaldea had preserved only three in the days of Berossos. (Berossos was a priest at Babylon who gave the creation account according to the temples; a major part of the text contained the chronicles of the ancient kings who had ruled the country; the book has not survived.)
As for the Hebrews, in all their writings they show no more than a thorough knowledge of the astronomical, geometrical and numerical systems of symbolizing all the human, and especially the physiological functions.
They never had the higher keys.
The Jewish system of sacred measures applied to religious symbols is the same, so far as geometrical and numerical combinations go, as those of Chaldea, Greece, and Egypt, having been adopted by the Jews during the centuries of their slavery and captivity with those nations.
What was that system? It is the intimate conviction of the author of the Source of Measures that “the Mosaic Books were intended, by a mode of art speech, to set forth a geometrical and numerical system of exact science, which should serve as an origin of measures.”
This system and these measures are found by some scholars to be identical with those used in the construction of the Great Pyramid – but this is only partially so.
It is on this “knowledge” that the program of the MYSTERIES and of the series of Initiations was based: thence, the construction of the Pyramids, the everlasting record and the indestructible symbol of these Mysteries and Initiations on Earth, as the courses of the stars are in Heaven.
The cycle of Initiation was a reproduction in miniature of that great series of Cosmic changes to which astronomers have given the name of tropical or sidereal year.
Just as, at the close of the cycle of the sidereal year (25,868 years), the heavenly bodies return to the same relative positions as they occupied at its outset, so at the close of the cycle of Initiation the inner man has regained the pristine state of divine purity and knowledge from which he set out on his cycle of terrestrial incarnation.”
H. P. Blavatsky