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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242 The Illumination of the Adept. [Oh.

"balanced" (cli.) when the forces which pro-
duced them were not of our own creation ?
Why are we to be made parties to the battle
•of light and darkness, when no choice was
given whether we would exist or not ? Why
.are the souls of just men secretly snared and
•overthrown ? Whence comes the " foul flux "
which is purged from man, and which causes
.all living creatures to shudder ? Such ques-
tions as these we ask, and ask in vain. Yet
if that darkest shadow, that horror which
forms the depth of human agony, the en-
shrouding of the Eternal Justice in the
blackness of utter eclipse, is still liable to
arise and overpower the soul, how can man
•ever repose in safety ; and what revelation
or degree of glory will suffice to bring him
peace ? But that it too is destined to pass
away in light, when the secrets are revealed,
and illumination is transformed into union,
who can doubt ? So at least we read in the
creed of Ancient Egypt; where, when the
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