The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries, Volumen1

New Amsterdam book Company., 1897

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Página 202 - Full little knowest thou, that hast not tried, What hell it is in suing long to bide ; To lose good days that might be better spent ; To waste long nights in pensive discontent; To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow ; To feed on hope ; to pine with fear and sorrow ; To have thy Prince's grace, yet want her peers...
Página 19 - They are slaves who dare not speak For the fallen and the weak ; They are slaves who will not choose Hatred, scoffing, and abuse, Rather than in silence shrink From the truth they needs must think ; They are slaves who dare not be In the right with two or three.
Página 110 - And he will be a wild man ; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him ; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
Página 44 - to putrefy," and means nothing else but the noxious vapours arising from steaming mud, and thus concealing the sun ; wherefore in the Greek mythology Apollo — another name for the sun — is said to have slain Python with his arrows, that is to say, dispelled the vapours by his rays. Osiris having been killed by Python — to which, however, the wider meaning of the sun's imaginary disappearance, or death, during the winter season, was attached — Isis, his wife, or the moon, goes in, search...
Página 38 - Deity was represented by the lingam, which was used more or less by all ancient nations to represent His creative power, though in India it was also typified by the petal and calyx of the lotus. 42. Initiation. — The periods of initiation were regulated by the increase and decrease of the moon, and the mysteries were divided into four degrees, and the candidate might be initiated into the first at the early age of eight years. He was then prepared by a Brahmin, who became his spiritual guide for...
Página 44 - Memphis, in the neighborhood of the great Pyramid. They were of two kinds, the greater and the less: the former being the mysteries of Osiris and Serapis; the latter those of Isis. The mysteries of Osiris were celebrated at the autumnal equinox; those of Serapis at the summer solstice; and those of Isis at the vernal equinox. The candidate was required to exhibit proofs of a blameless life.
Página 8 - What is now called the Christian religion, has existed among the ancients, and was not absent from the beginning of the human race, until Christ came in the flesh : from which time the true religion, which existed already, began to be called Christian.
Página 28 - ... of veneration; and, by an involuntary impulse, frequently produced an act of worship. Here he was received with congratulations; and after having entered into the usual engagements for keeping secret the sacred rites of Mithras, the sacred WORDS were entrusted to him, of which the ineffable TETRACTYS, or Name of God was the chief.
Página 48 - In these the legend of the murder of Osiris by his brother Typhon was represented, and the god was personated by the candidate. (As we shall see hereafter, the Freemasons exactly copy this procedure in the master's degree, substituting for Osiris Hiram Abiff, one of the three...
Página 64 - ... a virgin with a child ; also prayers for the dead, repetition of prayers with the use of a rosary, works of merit and supererogation ; selfimposed austerities and bodily inflictions; a formal daily service, consisting of chants, burning of candles, sprinkling of holy water, bowings, prostrations...

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