The more we search the remains of lost civilizations, the more we are tempted to believe that the people of the past were fully aware of their relationship to the Master Architect of the universe via the avenue of symbols and allegories. Then, after eons of time and after becoming engulfed in the lower octaves of corporeal existence, they had gradually forgotten their former estate and the universal principles which had been common knowledge to them.
This forgetting, this downward path of devolution, is told in the Christian Bible in the symbolic story of the downfall of mankind through their symbolic parents, Adam and Eve. The same symbolic forgetting or leaving the Father’s house is related in another allegory, the story of the Prodigal Son. At the present stage in world progress or evolution, mankind has reached the point just about where the wayward boy took stock of his degraded status and decided to retrace his steps to the home of his father. And because mankind has decided to reach up, there is a whole hierarchy of cosmic principles or entities ready and waiting to reach down to assist the Prodigal in his endeavors.
In all ages there have been a few who remembered their rightful status, their divine origin, and who attempted to keep this memory alive and to help their fellowmen in their return to the Father’s house. Among the most outstanding of these were Mithras, Buddha, Zoroaster, Akhnaton, Moses, Shakespeare and the Master Jesus. These great leaders and hundreds of others were followed by their disciples and adherents who devoted their lives to spreading the Truth, the ancient or Arcane Wisdom, in the form of the great philosophies such as the doctrines of the Greek sages, the esoteric teachings of the Far East, and our present day schools of advanced learning. All these great institutions have given out information through symbols and allegories.