Da Vinci’s 15th century painting “The Last Supper” is beyond brilliant and one of the world’s most famous paintings.Mastering Art and Art History while studying abroad I actually got to see and study many famous artworks and architecture. Although this was 20 years ago I was never taught or able at the time to uncover what I have self-taught myself in the last 5 years.Spiraling down this never-ending rabbit hole I had studied in depth many philosophers and their works. One of my favorites- Manly P. Hall’s lectures and books.
Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Kabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus. He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall’s private collection.In 1973, Hall was recognized as a 33* Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), despite never being initiated into the physical craft.This lead me to uncovering the fact that in our ancient world many of our greatest minds were initiates of these mystery schools such as Percales, Plutarch, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Zoroaster, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Pythagoras, Herodotus, Hippocrates, Euclid, Democritus- all trained in the great mystery schools of Egypt and Greece.
They all established wisdom that nourished their civilizations.In more recent history, we find many initiates from the ancient mystery schools included Leonardo Da Vinci, Botticelli, Sir Isaac Newton, Copernicus, William Shakespeare, John Dee, Francis Bacon and George Washington (just to name a few)- all were initiates of mystery traditions.The Great White Brotherhood wore white symbolizing their illumination. Thus in many traditions, the Sun, the most visible manifestation of illumination in our world, became the symbol of the Creator itself. The Christ spirit within every human heart.
The fact that each living being contains within itself a center of life, which may grow to be a “SUN”, a metaphor for the light within.According to Manly P Hall “The glorious, radiant orb of day…. This Supreme Spirit of humanitarianism and philanthropy is known to Christendom as Christ, the Redeemer of worlds”. Thus the Sun became linked to many expressions of God power externalized as the great solar lords Ra, Horus, Mithras and Jesus- all symbols for the Inner Christ (Greek word for Gold) all virgin births, all born on December 25th and all died at 33 years of age.
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