Morning of the Quotable Magicians

“Another question now arises: supposing what we call esoterism were in fact only a form of exotericism? What if the most ancient texts known to humanity, sacred in our eyes, were nothing but spurious interpretations, haphazard vulgarizations, third-hand reports of somewhat inaccurate memories of technical realities? We interpret these old, sacred texts as if they were unquestionably the expression of spiritual “truths”, philosophical symbols, or religious images. This is because, when we read them, we are thinking only of ourselves, preoccupied as we are with our own little private mysteries: I love good and do evil; I am alive and am going to die, etc. Their message is for us: all these engines and thunderbolts and manna from Heaven and apocalyptic visions represent the world of our thoughts and feelings. It’s all for my benefit, and concerns me and my affairs… But what if we are only confronted with distant, distorted memories of other worlds which have existed, and of the sojourn on this Earth of other beings who were seeking something, who possessed knowledge and who put their knowledge into practice?”

Louis Pauwels and Jacques Bergier, “The Morning of the Magicians”

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