There are those who have critici3ed this attitude of the Hermetists, and who have claimed that the did not manifest the proper spirit in their polic of seclusion and reticence. /ut a moments glance back2 over the pages of histor will show the wisdom of the %asters, who knew the foll of attempting to teach to the world that which it was neither read or willing to receive. The Hermetists have never sought to be martrs, and have, instead, sat silentl aside with a piting smile on their closed lips, while the &heathen raged noisil about them& in their customar amusement of putting to death and torture the honest but misguided enthusiasts who imagined that the could force upon a race of barbarians the truth capable of being understood onl b the elect who had advanced along The 0ath. !nd the spirit of persecution has not as et died out in the land. There are certain Hermetic Teachings, which, if publicl promulgated, would bring down upon the teachers a great cr of scorn and revilement from the multitude, who would again raise the cr of &(rucif5 (rucif.& *n this little work we have endeavored to give ou an idea of the fundamental teachings of The $balion, striving to give ou the working 0rinciples, leaving ou to appl therm ourselves, rather than attempting to work out the teaching in detail. *f ou are a true student, ou will be able to work out and appl these 0rinciples--if not, then ou must develop ourself into one, for otherwise the Hermetic Teachings will be as &words, words, words& to ou.TH' TH'' *6*T*!T'S.
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"he lips of #isdom are closed, e$cept to the ears of %nderstanding" -- he &ybalion.
+rom old 'gpt have come the fundamental esoteric and occult teachings which have so strongl influenced the philosophies of all races, nations and peoples, for several thousand ears. 'gpt, the home of the 0ramids and the Sphin, was the birthplace of the Hidden Wisdom and %stic Teachings. +rom her Secret Doctrine all nations have borrowed. *ndia, 0ersia, (haldea, %edea, (hina, 7apan, !ssria, ancient )reece and ome, and other ancient countries partook liberall at the feast of knowledge which the Hierophants and %asters of the 1and of *sis so freel provided for those who came prepared to partake of the great store of %stic and #ccult 1ore which the masterminds of that ancient land had gathered together.*n ancient 'gpt dwelt the great !depts and %asters who have never been surpassed, and who seldom have been e"ualed, during the centuries that have taken their processional flight since the das of the )reat Hermes. *n 'gpt was located the )reat 1odge of 1odges of the %stics. !t the doors of her Temples entered the 6eophtes who afterward, as Hierophants, !depts, and %asters, traveled to the