In all cities of the ancient world were temples for public worship and offering. In every community also were philosophers and mystics, deeply versed in Nature's lore. These individuals were usually banded together, forming seclusive philosophic and religious schools. The more important of these groups were known as the Mysteries. Many of the great minds of antiquity were initiated into these secret fraternities by strange and mysterious rites, some of which were extremely cruel. Alexander Wilder defines the Mysteries as "Sacred dramas performed at stated periods. The most celebrated were those of Isis, Sabazius, Cybele, and Eleusis." After being admitted, the initiates were instructed in the secret wisdom which had been preserved for ages. Plato, an initiate of one of these sacred orders, was severely criticized because in his writings he revealed to the public many of the secret philosophic principles of the Mysteries. (The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Pg 21)
The journey of an uninitiated person to become a neophyte in the temple and ultimately to become an adept of high rank is the journey that all men should take. The hope is to become initiated into an Order that is going to teach you the mysteries. Before one receives full initiation, one needs to be qualified or found worthy of having the chance to learn such mysteries. It is the goal to be gods in the earth and not be just men.
One does not just go and learn the mysteries of the temple without guidance. One should hope to be able to sit at the feet of a master and to be instructed. One should also hope to one day go into the "Holy of Holies", or the inner chamber of the temple and participate in the Great Work of the Order and make a personal connection to the All, as the Kybalion puts it.
What do you you think?