"Many Scriptures have been inspired by the Great Initiation, and in many is embodied the wisdom gained in the Great Initiation; were it not so, they would not be true Scriptures. There appears to be but one, known in the world today, which has taken the Great Initiation as its central theme: the Katha Upanishad, translated under the title In the House of Death. . . .
"The central symbol of the Upanishad is this: The Father sends his Son into the realm of Death. After dwelling three days in the House of Death, the Son rises again and returns to his Father. . . . It represents the journey of the soul, descending into the House of Death, the world of our mortality; dwelling there three days, which represent the "three times," threefold time, perceived as past, present and future; and finally rising again from the House of Death, and returning to the Father. And at the same time this symbolism represents the initiation of a disciple, which initiation is a representation and summing up of the soul's journey to its divine consummation. . . . It needs no emphasis to make clear that the theme of this ancient Upanishad is the central theme of Christianity."-Charles Johnston
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About the Author
Books by Charles Johnston:
The Tao Teh King: Lao Tse's Book of the Way and of Righteousness, 1st Edition (2014). ISBN: 978-1484869161.
The Bhagavad Gita: Songs of the Master, 2nd (Expanded) Edition (2014). ISBN: 978-1490451404.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: The Book of the Spiritual Man, 3rd (Expanded) Edition (2014). ISBN: 978-1484926635.
The Vedanta Philosophy of Sankaracharya, 1st Edition (2014). ISBN: 978-1495946691.
The Mukhya Upanishads: Books of Hidden Wisdom, 1st Edition (2014). ISBN: 978-1495946530.
Hidden Wisdom: Collected Writings of Charles Johnston (2014).
Volume I ISBN: 978-1502711229
Volume II ISBN: 978-1502711380
Volume III ISBN: 978-1502711595
Volume IV ISBN: 978-1502711953
The System of the Vedanta, Dr. Paul Deussen, tr. Charles Johnston, 1st Edition (1912).
Essays and Article Collections by Johnston:
Karma: Works and Wisdom
The Memory of Past Births
The Theosophy of the Upanishads
Wisdom Traditions of East and West
The Noble Teachings of Lord Buddha
Unveiling the Wisdom of the Bible
Emanation & States of Consciousness
The Beginning of Real Life
On Initiation and the Mysteries
The Logos Doctrine
A Study of Ancient Speech and Writing