Page "Western esotericism" Paragraph 10
These individuals were usually banded together, forming seclusive philosophic and religious schools.
Many of the great minds of antiquity were initiated into these secret fraternities by strange and mysterious rites, some of which were extremely cruel.
" 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.
Every pagan nation had ( and has ) not only its state religion, but another into which the philosophic elect alone have gained entrance.