It is important to learn what other people have learned.
They write not that they grudged truth to religious or just men, or to the wise, but to fools, ignorant and vicious, who are without Self-Control and benevolence.
Is the wisdom new? There is nothing new under the sun, for knowledge is revealed and is submerged again, even as a nation rises and falls. Here is a system, tested throughout the ages, but lost again and again by ignorance or prejudice, in the same way that great nations have risen and fallen and been lost to history beneath the desert sands and in the ocean depths.
What about those who understand and those who agree? Distinguish between those who understand and those who agree. He who understands the Teaching will not tarry in applying it to life.
He who agrees will nod and extol the Teaching as remarkable wisdom, but will not apply this wisdom to his life.
There are many who have agreed, but they are like a withered forest, fruitless and without shade. Only decay awaits them. Those who understand are few, but like a sponge they absorb the precious knowledge and are ready to cleanse the horrors of the world with the precious liquid.
The wisdom of our ancestors frequently puzzles modern people. In fact, an average person is totally unaware of that wisdom and most of today's thinkers do not understand its meaning.
It seems, the ancients knew a lot about their world and beyond. However that sacred knowledge was available only to a very few initiated. They passed it on through a form not understood by the common folks.
What were the reasons for hiding Secret Wisdom They hide it from commoners for fear of evil men and anyone not worthy of this wisdom.
Where is this knowledge? Knowledge is in the Spirit and this Spirit is in all elementary created things. It is sought by many and found by few. It is beheld from afar and found near; for it exists in every thing, in every place, and at all times.
It has the powers of all creatures; its action is found in all elements, and the qualities of all things are therein, even in the highest perfection. By virtue of this comes good health and living to an extreme age, some of them also flourishing in great riches.
When the philosophers discovered it, with great diligence and labour, they straightaway concealed it under strange tongue, and in parables, lest the same should become known to the unworthy, and the pearls be cast before swine. For if everyone knew it, all work and industry would cease; man would desire nothing but this one thing, people would live wickedly, and the world would be ruined, seeing that they would provoke God by reason of their avarice and superfluity. For eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath the heart of man understood what Heaven hath naturally incorporated with this Sprit.
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