isis unveiled: chapter xiv (ancient mysteries)

“The keys to the biblical miracles of old, and to the phenomena of modern days; the problems of psychology, physiology, and the many “missing links” which have so perplexed scientists of late, are all in the hands of secret fraternities.

This mystery must be unveiled someday. But till then dark skepticism will constantly interpose its threatening, ugly shadow between God’s truths and the spiritual vision of mankind; and many are those who, infected by the mortal epidemic of our society – hopeless materialism – will remain in doubt and mortal agony as to whether, when man dies, he will live again, although the question has been solved by long bygone generations of sages.

The answers are there. They may be found on the time-worn granite pages of cave-temples, on sphinxes, propylons, and obelisks. They have stood there for untold ages, and neither the rude assault of time, nor the still ruder assault of Christian hands, have succeeded in obliterating their records. All covered with the problems which were solved – who can tell? Perhaps by the archaic forefathers of their builders – the solution follows each question; and this the Christian could not appropriate, for, except the initiates, no one has understood the mystic writing.

The key was in the keeping of those who knew how to commune with the Invisible Presence, and who had received, from the lips of Mother Nature herself, her grand truths. And so stand these monuments like mute forgotten sentinels on the threshold of that unseen world, whose gates are thrown open but to a few elect. Defying the hand of Time, the vain inquiry of profane science, the insults of the revealed religions, they will disclose their riddle to none but the legatees of those by whom they were entrusted with the MYSTERY. The cold, stony lips of the once vocal Memnon, and of these hardy sphinxes, keep their secrets well. Who will unseal them? Who of our modern, materialistic dwarfs and unbelieving Sadducees, will dare to lift the VEIL OF ISIS?”

H. P. Blavatsky

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