In every age and in every country there are always those few individuals who seek more satisfying answers to the great questions of Life than they find in their local churches and temples or through science. If their quest is sincere and they persist, they will eventually be drawn into contact with one of the world's Mystery Schools, where they may be instructed and trained.
There have always been these centers responding to the cry for understanding from aspirants throughout the ages. Here, a secret knowledge called The Ageless Wisdom has been known and used for many centuries in enlightening the spiritual aspirants of each epoch. It is called Ageless because it is not susceptible to the mutations of time nor is the Ageless Wisdom primarily a product of man's thinking. It is written by God upon the face of nature, there for all to read, if they can.
Hitherto, the great practical secrets have been guarded carefully from spiritual dabblers and have only been given to duly initiated men and women under the strictest pledges of secrecy. In the past, this secrecy has been necessary because of the ecclesiastical and legal restrictions upon freedom of thought and worship. Today such close secrecy is no longer necessary. Much may now be given out openly which formerly could be imparted only in private and by word of mouth. The greatest secrets, however, can never be transmitted by written or spoken word. That secrecy which guards the deepest esoteric knowledge is not imposed by the custodians of Ageless Wisdom but by human ignorance.
The work of these schools is intensely practical. The student is given theoretical knowledge together with experimental work so that he learns both by precept and experience. As he continues with the process of self-unfolding, he gradually increases mastery of himself, first in small things, then in greater.
Builders of the Adytum
Builders of the Adytum is a true Mystery School and an international, non-profit, teaching and training Order; an outer vehicle of the Inner Spiritual Hierarchy, sometimes called the Inner School, which guides the evolution of Man. Adytum is an ancient Greek word designating the innermost part of the Temple, the Holy of Holies, that which is not made with hands.
Its system is that of the Western, Qabalistic-Hermetic tradition, and its teachings have been handed down from Adepts to Initiates since very ancient times. The founder of B.O.T.A., Dr. Paul Foster Case, was such an Adept. As a recognized world authority on the Tarot and Qabalah (Kabbalah), he was given the task by the Inner School of reinterpreting the Ageless Wisdom into modern idiom. Devoting his whole life to this project, he abandoned a successful career as a musical conductor and founded B.O.T.A. in the 1920s. Because of his close contact with the Inner School and total commitment to serving mankind, he became a fountain of living wisdom, disseminated through his tracts, lessons, lectures and books.
After his death, Rev. Ann Davies extended his published work to its present state and initiated the international expansion of the Order. B.O.T.A. has centers in Europe, Mexico, South America, New Zealand, Australia, and throughout the United States.
B.O.T.A. does not offer to remake your world for you. It does offer you the keys to knowledge that will enable you to do it for yourself, with the inner help that linkage with a true Mystery School confers. Our name, Builders of the Adytum, indicates that we propose to help you build the Inner Temple wherein conscious contact with the Higher Self may be made and your true spiritual heritage may be realized.
There is a fundamental impulse within you to seek Light, understanding, wisdom, true knowledge of yourself, nature, and the universe. The Mystery Schools are and always have been the repositories of special knowledge that is the key to the realization of all that you seek. It is our objective to place this key in the hands of those who are ready to receive and act upon it. This special knowledge enables you to know yourself and your creative powers, and to make for yourself the kind of world you want to live in. The problems that you face in life are not really obstacles but are like a closed door to a room that holds special knowledge.
B.O.T.A. gives you the key that will unlock the problem doors of your life, and in their opening, your health, prosperity, and the mastery of your life and environment will increase. The practical work of B.O.T.A., which includes study, meditation, imagery and ritual, initiates a series of subtle but important changes in your inner world, not the least of which is an expansion of your conscious awareness.
Through B.O.T.A. training, you cease to regard problems as indications of failure but as the means to gain new levels of understanding and control that you need in your spiritual journey. You learn the vital creative relationship between thinking and feeling so that you can use this knowledge to re-create your world. The spiritual imperative that is elaborated in B.O.T.A. members is Man, know thyself, and as thou knowest thyself, thou knowest thy Creator. Through the lessons, meditations, and practices of B.O.T.A., you are brought to a higher state of consciousness where you can have direct knowledge of the answers to the age-old questions of the soul, Who am I? What am I? What am I supposed to be doing? The process that leads to a direct, experiential knowing of the answers to these questions dissolves the fear of death and establishes an intuitional certainty of the rightness of the Path you have chosen.
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