“Few realize the extent to which the ancient secret schools influenced contemporary intellects and, through these minds, posterity. Robert Macoy, in his General History of Freemasonry, pays a magnificent tribute to the part played by the ancient Mysteries in the rearing of the edifice of human culture. He says , in part: ‘It appears that all the perfection of civilization, and all the advancements made in philosophy, science, and art among the ancients are due to those institutions which, under the veil of mystery, sought to illustrate the sublimest truths of religion, morality, and virtue, and impress them on the hearts of their disciples.’ … With the decline of virtue, which has preceded the destruction of every nation of history, the Mysteries became perverted. Sorcery took the place of the divine magic.” ~Manly P. Hall
Whether you call them Secret Schools, Mystery Schools, or ancient philosophy schools, there is no doubt that such schools existed and that they had a great influence. They existed in many different parts of the world. We are most familiar with the ones of ancient Egypt and Greece, but they were also in Babylonia, Rome, Israel, and more. In more recent times, they were found in Europe and India, and still are. And when these schools were either shut down by materialistic governments, or altered their teachings due to bad leadership internally, those nations they were in usually declined.
Secret Schools and Culture
While many don’t realize it, the ancient secret schools have contributed greatly to the development of human culture. Whether is science, art, or philosophy, we owe much to such schools.
Probably one of the first things that helped man develop into civilize societies was the development of farming. Rather than roaming around, individually or in groups, looking for food and shelter, they could now stay in one place and have food when they needed it. It was undoubtedly the ancient shamans, and the secret schools that taught them, that were responsible for this development.
The next step was probably the building of shelters rather than relying on nature to provide dank caves and tunnels to live in. The secret schools and their students helped here as well. They developed the art of making tools and using them to construct shelters.
Chemistry, astronomy, biology, and so on all owe much the mystery schools. There are two simple reasons for this. The mystery schools were willing to try new things where many others were not. Most of all, the mystery schools had knowledge that others didn’t have. Some wonder why the secret schools didn’t simply share that knowledge openly. They didn’t share most of it because it would be misused by those who had not been properly initiated. They did share what would not be harmful and would help man become more civilized.
But civilization is a two-sided coin. It brings us many benefits, but also much evil. People gathered together in a territory are more likely to start wars with other communities than are those wandering hunter-gatherers. And the have the time and resources to develop better weapons. Also, disease will spread more easily in cities and towns than in open areas. That includes some mental illnesses which are contagious on an energy level.
Decline of Virtue
While the secret schools do humanity much good, they are often suppressed or destroyed by corrupt governments. If not suppressed, they are ridiculed until people stop valuing them. This almost always results in a decline of virtue among the people of that territory. Or it may be just a loss of virtue among the despots governing them ho don’t listen to the priests and prophets any longer. This is almost always a sign that the civilization in that area is on a decline and will soon crumble. It is the sort of thing we are seeing in the United States currently.
The good news, however, is that there are still secret schools, and spiritual schools willing to teach those who are ready and willing to learn. Let’s home they find enough students and awaken enough souls before it’s too late.