DEFINITION OF THE MYSTERYIn a narrow sense, the Mystery is a truth that transcends the created intellect, and transcends it so much that, even though revealed and believed, it remains nevertheless obscure and veiled during the mortal life, unless there intervenes the deciphering that the esotericism, to a certain extent, allows of the same mysteries. At least, of a good part of them. The etymology, that is the linguistic origin of the word ‘mystery’, derives from the Greek mysterion, close, hide. We call mystery everything that is kept secret, hidden from those who would not be able to understand its value, namely, the people who are immature and unprepared to understand the eternal truths. Among the Greeks, Mysteries were spoken of to indicate several things: a secret rite (arcanum, sacramentum), or a hidden truth to be communicated to the initiates only, according to the affirmations of Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Plato, Euripides and Aristophanes. If, in the non-Christian traditions, the mystery, and the celebration of the mysteries, constituted for the believers of the exterior religion all that was not understood, and that remained inaccessible to the intellect lacking the initiatic illumination, in the Christianity, the Mysteries also took a character of inscrutability for the mass of the believers not consisting of the Initiates. So that, as then, also today, the Mysteries have remained such for the people little inclined to the meditation and to the high culture. The mystagogy, that is, the initiation to the Mysteries, passed from the ancients to the esoteric Christians, where who was admitted to the Mysteries was called misto. The mystique indicated a secret activity, because it consisted of theurgic ceremonies and doctrines marked by a religious and occult character. The adjective misticos was, in the Hellenic ambient, a form of hidden and mysterious cult, reserved for who was initiated (mìstes), with the arcane ceremonies that headed to the Initiation.
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