Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

“Physiology, like everything else in this world of constant evolution, is subject to the cyclic revolution. As it now seems to be hardly emerging from the shadows of the lower arc, so it may be one day proved to have been at the highest point of circumference of the circle far earlier than the days of Pythagoras.

 
Mochus, the Sidonean, the physiologist and teacher of the science of anatomy, flourished long before the Sage of Samos; and the latter received the sacred instructions from his disciples and descendants.

 
Pythagoras, the pure philosopher, the deeply-versed in the profounder phenomena of nature, the noble inheritor of the ancient lore, whose great aim was to free the soul from the fetters of sense and force it to realize its powers, must live eternally in human memory.

 
The impenetrable veil of arcane secrecy was thrown over the sciences taught in the sanctuary. This is the cause of the modern depreciating of the ancient philosophies.

 

Even Plato and Philo Judaeus have been accused by many a commentator of absurd inconsistencies, whereas the design which underlies the maze of metaphysical contradictions so perplexing to the reader of the Timaeus, is but too evident. But has Plato ever been read understandingly by one of the expounders of the classics?

 
This is a question warranted by the criticisms to be found in such authors as Stalbaum, Schleirmacher, Ficinus (Latin translation), Heindorf, Sydenham, Buttmann, Taylor and Burges, to say nothing of lesser authorities.

 
The covert allusions of the Greek philosopher to esoteric things have manifestly baffled these commentators to the last degree. They not only with unblushing coolness suggest as to certain difficult passages that another phraseology was evidently intended, but they audaciously make the changes!

 
The Orphic line: “Of the song, the order of the sixth race closed” – which can only be interpreted as a reference to the sixth race evolved in the consecutive evolution of the spheres, Burges says: “…was evidently taken from a cosmogony where man was feigned to be created the last.” (J. Burges: “The Works of Plato”) –

 
Ought not one who undertakes to edit another’s work at least understand what his author means?”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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