Adams, Walter M.
The house of the hidden places: a clue to the creed of early Egypt from Egyptian sources — London, 1895

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VI] The Removal of the Barrier. 2 15

the soul. And thus the crocodile, which
attacked the departed before new birth, is
rendered divine in the regenerate form.
Therefore it was that the crocodile was held
in high reverence by the Egyptians, for it
spoke to them of the time when man should
regain the mastery of his passions, and when
the last barrier between himself and his
glorious soul should be removed for ever.

Immeasurable as is the distance which thus
separates the two beings which make up the
perfect manhood, there is no hesitation or
delay on the part of the soul. That radiant
creature in its glory has not forgotten the
frail companion in union with whom it dwelt
during the days of its humiliation. Eestored
to its native purity, welcomed by the Almighty
to a participation in his own energy, throned
on its seat of absolute dominion, yet such is
the ardour with which that soul returns the
love of man, that like the Creator Himself it
cannot rest satisfied with its own inexhaustible
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