isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“The “four men” described as the real four ancestors of the human race, “who were neither begotten by the gods, nor born of woman”, but whose, “creation was a wonder wrought by the Creator”, and who were made after three attempts at manufacturing men had failed, equally present some striking points of similarity with the esoteric explanations of the Hermetists; they also undeniably recall the four sons of God of the Egyptian theogony.

Moreover, as anyone may infer, the resemblance of this myth to the narrative related in Genesis, will be apparent to even a superficial observer. These four ancestors “could reason and speak, their sight was unlimited, and they knew all things at once.” When “they had rendered thanks to their Creator for their existence, the gods were frightened, and they breathed a cloud over the eyes of men that they might see a certain distance only, and not be like the gods themselves.” This bears directly upon the sentence in Genesis, “Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life”, etc. Then again, “While they were asleep God gave them wives”, etc.

We disclaim that least intention to disrespectfully suggest ideas to those who are so wise as to need no hint. But we must bear in mind that authentic treatises upon ancient magic of the Chaldean and Egyptian lore are not scattered about in public libraries, and at auction sales. That such exist, is nevertheless a fact for many students of the arcane philosophy.

Is it not of the greatest importance for every antiquarian to be acquainted at least superficially with their contents? “The four ancestors of the race”, adds Max Muller, “seem to have had a long life, and when at last they came to die, they disappeared in a mysterious manner, and left to their sons what is called the hidden majesty, which was never to be opened by human hands. What it was we do not know.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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