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

“Thither gathered the students of all countries before Alexandria was founded. “How comes it”, Ennemoser goes on to say, “that so little has become known of these mysteries? through so many ages and amongst so many different times and people?

 

The answer is that it is owing to the universally strict silence of the initiated. Another cause may be found in the destruction and total loss of all the written memorials of the secret knowledge of the remotest antiquity.”

 
Numa’s books, described by Livy, consisting of treatises upon natural philosophy, were found in his tomb; but they were not allowed to be made known, lest they should reveal the most secret mysteries of the state religion.

 
The senate and the tribune of the people determined that the books themselves should be burned, which was done in public.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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