The Great Secret

Century Company, 1922 - 268 ˹

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˹ 176 - So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.
˹ 28 - ... more devout, more terrible ? Where, from the depths of an agnosticism, which thousands of years have augmented, can we point to a wider horizon? At the very outset, it surpasses all that has been said, and goes farther than we shall ever dare to go. No spectacle could be more absorbing than this struggle of our forefathers of five to ten thousand years ago with the Unknowable, the unknowable nature of the Causeless Cause of all Causes.
˹ 5 - He thinks it hardly to be contested that this source is to be found in ancient India. Thence he says, " in all probability the sacred teaching spread into Egypt, found its way to ancient Persia and Chaldea, permeated the Hebrew race, and crept into Greece and the north of Europe, finally reaching China and even America, where the Aztec civilization was merely a more or less distorted reproduction of the Egyptian civilization.
˹ 143 - ... and interpreted in a fashion that is highly edifying. But some old monuments of the first quality have stood up in plain sight since anything like modern times began. The most notable of them is that pyramid of Cheops which our correspondent speaks of. Maeterlinck has his say about it. He calls it "a sort of stupendous hieroglyph, which, by its dimensions, its proportions, its internal arrangements, and its astronomical orientation, propounds a whole series of riddles of which only the most obvious...
˹ 93 - The path of action is obscure. That man who sees inaction in action and action in inaction is wise among men; he is a true devotee and a perfect performer of all action.
˹ 130 - ... at once to the original unity which existed before its harmony was broken by the intrusion of evil, and to the ultimate destiny of the soul when purified." M. Maeterlinck, with his customary shrewdness, has at once pierced to the heart of the comparative character of the Bacchic legend. He says, " Dionysus, the child-god, slain by the Titans, whose heart Athene saved by hiding it in a basket, and who was brought to life again by Jupiter, is Osiris, Krishna, Buddha ; he is all the divine incarnations...
˹ 44 - They passed in succession by way of the plants, the worms, the insects, the serpents, the tortoises, cattle and the wild animals such is the lower stage,' says Manu again, who adds : ' Creatures acquired the qualities of those that preceded them, so that the farther down its position in the series, the greater its qualities.
˹ 6 - Hindus came into being. When we become aware of it, we find it already complete in its broad outlines, its main principles. Not only is it complete, but the farther back we go, the more perfect it is, the more unadulterated, the more closely related to the loftiest speculations of our modern agnosticism " [Maurice Maeterlinck in The Great Secret].
˹ 249 - I 1 know, of course, that we can, strictly speaking, attribute these unexpected communications to the unknown faculties of the subconsciousness ; but this hypothesis becomes daily more precarious, and it may be that the time is not far distant when we shall be finally compelled to admit the existence of these disembodied entities, "doubles," wandering spirits, "elementals," "Dzyan-Choans," devas, cosmic spirits, which the occultists of old never doubted.
˹ 94 - Let him not wish for death. Let him not wish for life. Let him expect his appointed time, as the hired servant expects his wages.