MYSTERIC RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIAN MYSTERYThe program of universal salvation of the Christianity has some points of contact and affinity with the pagan Mysteries. This observation is possible if the several contents of the ancient mysteric religions are evaluated and compared with those of the Church. The Mysteries were born when the man(*) understood that his destiny is the death, with a state of crepuscular, nebulous and unhappy consciousness in a world of ghosts. Therefore, the effort of the philosophers and of the priests has always been that of discovering how to assure for themselves and for the others a conscious and happy life after the death: to discover the way to die self-conscious, awake and ready to be invested with the power of the Divinity. The ancient non-Christian Mysteries and the Christian Mysteries center around the most striking and ineluctable phenomenon, after the birth and the brief earthly sojourn: the death. To know the death and to defeat the death, escaping from the circuit of illusions of the terrifying world of the dead. In the East, at the same time as the dawning Church, many mysteric cults had come into existence, exactly to fight against the spiritual unconsciousness of the death and the awakening in a frightful, tormenting hereafter of demonic, ahrimanic persecution, numerous mysteric cults with rites that commemorated a mythical theme, and aimed to realize in the here and now, with the symbolism of the ritual, the subject they represented. In Egypt, for thousands of years there had been the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris; in Phrygia, the Mysteries of Cybele and Attis; in Persia, the Mysteries of Mithras; in Cappadocia, the Mysteries of Artemis; in Crete, the Mysteries of Zeus, and many others. The most evolved Mysteries were those of the Eleusinian. In all these, the common base was to obtain the immortality through the union with the God, to honor particular divinities, to share in their own divinity, to escape from the anguished experience of the intermediate state between the death and a new reincarnation (in this planet or in other worlds). To reach such a point, there were followed diverse ways and methods, notwithstanding the affinity of the principles. There had always to be an initiation, performed through a secret rite, preceded by a catechesis imparted by the hierophant or mystagogue, with fastings, abstinences, a sacred bath to renew, in a certain way, the birth. The Eleusinian misti bathed in the river Ilissos, near Athens; after, they attended the liturgical representation that concerned the birth of Dionysus from Persephone (Small Mysteries). With the Initiation, some men and women could escape from their own nature and conquer another, cease to be men to begin to be Gods. But in certain Sanctuaries, people went so far as to affirm with presumption that a bandit, if initiated, participated in immortality, whilst an Epaminondas, not initiated, would remain like any mortal. It was the undoubted merit of the Christianity, if certain titanic attitudes were unmasked. The Initiation, and the practices connected to it, have an effect on what in psychoanalysis is called, with different terms, the personal and collective unconscious, the dream, the complexes, etc. The human Initiation prepares for that which will arrive from God, but this arrives when the void is total. The bandit, the murderer, the sinner, cannot offer a void to be filled by the Intelligence and the Love of God. The exoteric Christianity and Archeosophy have everything to guarantee the good outcome of the Initiation, because they know how to remove and to sublimate, to transmute the world which is inside us and around us, centering the maximum of attention on the problem of the death and on the therapy related to it. (*) Please note: in the Italian usage “man” and “he” may intend both female and male. This usage has been maintained to stay as faithful to the original as possible. (Translator’s note)
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