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An Abridgement by Katharine Hillard of the Secret Doctrine; A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Philosophy

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... call them gods; the learned profane, the one God; and the wise, the Initiates, honor in them only the cyclic manifestations of That, which neither our Creators nor their creatures can ever discuss or know anything about. The Absolute is not to be defined, and no mortal nor immortal has ever seen or comprehended it during the periods of existence. The mutable cannot know the Immutable, nor can that which lives perceive Absolute Life." The explanation of the mystic numbers becomes evident when one examines the ancient symbols; these are all based upon and start from the figures given in the archaic MS. in the Proem to Book I. o, the symbol of evolution and the fall into generation and matter, is reflected in the old Mexican sculptures and paintings, as it is in the Kabalistic Sephiroth and the Egyptian Tau. Examine the Mexican MS. (Add MS 8. Brit. Mus. 9789); you will find in it a tree whose trunk is covered with ten fruits ready to be plucked by a male and female, one on each side of it, while from the top of the trunk two branches shoot horizontally to the right and left, thus forming a perfect T (tau). The ends of the two branches moreover, each bear a triple bunch, with a bird sitting between the two; the bird of immortality--Atma or the Divine Spirit--thus making the seven. This represents the Sephirothal Tree, ten in all, yet when separated from its upper triad, leaving seven. These are the celestial fruits, the ten (D, 10, born out of the two invisible male and female seeds, making up the 12, or the Dodecahedron of the Universe. The mystic system contains the*, the central point; the three or A, the 5, -tt, and the seven or Ja], or again
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