with every Esoteric order there must be some arcane knowledge handed down from
generation to generation. These pages are in honour of my Daughter who will be
the sole heir and custodian of this Ka'el`isti Manifesto when I ascend.
When 'Nothing is True' we must make it up or forever fall from
grace and become a Grey Face.
Behind the veil
of all the hieratic and mystical allegories of ancient doctrines, behind the
darkness and strange ordeals of all initiations, under the seal of all
sacred writings, in the ruins of Nineveh or Thebes, on the crumbling stones
of old temples and on the blackened visage of the Assyrian or Egyptian
sphinx, in the monstrous or marvellous paintings which interpret to the
faithful of India the inspired pages of the Vedas, in the cryptic emblems of
our old books on alchemy, in the ceremonies practised at reception by all
secret societies, there are found indications of a doctrine which is
everywhere the same and everywhere carefully concealed.
From Trancendental Magic
by Eliphas Levi