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

“Despite their apparent Polytheism, the ancients – those of the educated class at all events – were entirely monotheistical; and this, too, ages upon ages before the days of Moses.

 
In the Ebers Papyrus this fact is shown conclusively in the following words, translated from the first four lines of Plate I:    “I came from Heliopolis with the great ones from Het-aat, the Lords of protection, the masters of eternity and salvation. I came from Sais with the Mother-goddesses, who extended to me protection. The Lord of the Universe told me how to free the gods from all murderous diseases.”

 
Eminent men were called gods by the ancients. The deification of mortal men and supposititious gods is no more of proof against their monotheism than the monument building of modern Christians, who erect statues to their heroes, is proof of their polytheism.

 

Americans of the present century would consider it absurd in their posterity 3,000 years hence to classify them as idolaters for having built statues to their god Washington.

 
So shrouded in mystery was the Hermetic Philosophy that Volney asserted that the ancient peoples worshipped their gross material symbols as divine in themselves; whereas these were only considered as representing esoteric principles.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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