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Archive for Thursday 28th November 2002 - The island of mysteries
Why is Britain is known to the rest of the world as the “island of
Every summer, young romantics flock here from all over the continent,
attracted by the strangeness of this land. To them, it is the home of King
Arthur, of ancient legends and monuments, of UFOs and of crop circles. As one
such visitor recently said, it is “The Tibet of Europe”.
It was always like that. In ancient times, the chiefs and nobles of Europe
sent their children to study at our Celtic colleges. In Britain and Ireland
were the most learned teachers - initiators into the deepest Mysteries. In
these colleges the light of wisdom was preserved throughout the Dark Ages.
And from them came the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon missionaries who brought
spiritual knowledge back to Europe in the 7th century.
Someone told me that Prince Charles once asked an Indian mystic, What is the
destiny of Britain? The sage replied, To be the spiritual leader of the world.
That is certainly how our country was seen by our national prophet, William
Blake, who was born this day in 1757. Every nation, he said, should become
aware of its high traditions, and we should work together to attract paradise
down to earth.
Blake's national pride was no kind of stupid chauvinism. Every country has
its part to play in the ideal scheme of things. Ours is an important role
indeed – a point we should perhaps remember, next time we are tempted to
complain that things are going downhill around here. It may be so… but we
still live in a very special part of the world.
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theme. And if you have any answers or theories about the mysteries John will
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Who Wrote Shakespeare?
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