and mystic allegories of the ancient dogmas, under theseal of all the sacred writings, in the ruins ofNineveh or Thebes, on the worn stones of the ancienttemples, and on the blackened face of the sphinx ofAssyria or Egypt, in the monstrous or marvellouspictures which the sacred pages of the Vedas translatefor the believers of India, in the strange emblems ofour old books of Alchemy, in the ceremonies ofreception practiced by all the mysterious Societies, wefind traces of a doctrine everywhere the same, andeverywhere carefully concealed. The occult philosophyseems to have been the nurse or godmother of allreligions, the secret lever of all the intellectualforces, the key of all divine obscurities, and theAbsolute Queen of Society, in the ages when it wasexclusively reserved for the education of the Priestsand Kings." (Morals and Dogma, p. 729.)THE ORIGIN OF THE MYSTERIES.The Mysteries had their origin in the first greatTeachers and Guides of humanity. These are called the"Sons of Venus," they formed the! "Nursery of Adepts"--the nucleus of the first Great White Lodge. The Chiefof these is known by many mystic names in the old writings--the "Root Base of the Occult Hierarchy," the"Kumara," etc. Surrounding the Chief there was a smallband of Beings who came to earth to labour for theevolution of young humanity. Another class of Beings who aided in this work was called Agnishvattas. Many ofthese, we are told in the "Stanzas of Dzyan," becameArhats. Thus was established upon earth, according totradition, the first Great Occult Hierarchy.In the early ages occult knowledge was taught openly,as the sciences are taught in our colleges to-day. Butin the course of time many allowed their selfishness torule and so abused their power that it became necessaryto withhold such knowledge from the unworthy. This wasthe condition of religious affairs when the Mysteries were necessarily established by the King-Priests of theDivine Dynasties, in the days of Atlantis.There were many already in possession of occultknowledge who were so engrossed in selfishness thatthey could not be brought into the divine path; andtheir abuse of this power over the forces of nature made them giants of evil. They rebelled against the White Emperor, and became Black Magicians, this causeda long and fierce struggle. At last the cup of evil wasfull; the forces of nature were turned against theland, until the great continent, together with allfollowers of their own selfish practice, sank beneaththe waters of the ocean. Before the storm broke,however, the men of the "Good Law" heeding the summonsto escape, migrated to a place of safety.