posted on May, 27 2012 @ 02:32 AM
Originally posted by KSigMason
reply to post by protocolsoflove
I'd say from the outside that it can be confusing, but even when you're on the inside it can be confusing. There are some notable citations in his
book that make you scratch your head.
This might explain it.
From A History of Secret Societies, written by Arkon Darau
"let us return to a sketch of the conventional knowledge about the mysteries. In those of Eleusis, celebrated in Greece, the candidate had to
undergo...fasting or abstinence from certain foods. There were processions, with sacred statues carried from Athens to Eleusis. Those who were to be
initiated waited for long periods of time outside the hall in the temple the rites were to be held. Eventually a torchbearer led them within the
precincts. The ceremonies included a ritualistic meal; one or two dramas; the exhibition of sacred objects; the 'giving of the word'; an address by
the hierophant; and, oddly enough, closure with the Sanskrit words: 'Cansha om pacsha.'
"The elements included the clashing of cymbals, tension and a certain degree of debilitation, eating something, plus conditions which were
awe‐inspiring, strange. The candidate was in the hands of, and guided by, the priesthood. Other factors: drinking a soporific draught; symbolic
sentence of death; whirling around a circle. "Initiation ceremonies of secret cults, the mystery‐type invariably involve tests, sometimes most
severe ones. The effect of certain experiences was a carefully worked programme of mind training which is familiar in modern times as that which is
employed by certain totalitarian states to 'condition' or reshape the thinking of an individual. "This process produces a state in which the mind is
pliant enough to have certain ideas implanted: ideas which resist a great deal of counter‐influence. This was the secret of the mysteries, this and
nothing else. Echoes of such training are to be seen in the rituals of certain secret societies without mystical pretensions which survive to this
day: trials, terror, expectancy, drinking and the rest. "That this fact was known in the past is evidenced by the words of Aristotle, who was exiled
because he was said to have revealed something about the mysteries; and he said: 'Those who are being initiated do not so much learn anything, as
experience certain emotions, and are thrown into a special state of mind."
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