"THE oldest the most profound the most universal of all symbols is the human body. The Greeks Persians Egyptians and Hindus considered a philosophical analysis of man’s triune nature to be an indispensable part of ethical and religious training. The Mysteries of every nation taught that the laws elements and powers of the universe were epitomized in the human constitution; that everything which existed outside of man had its analogue within man. The universe being immeasurable in its immensity and inconceivable in its profundity was beyond mortal estimation. Even the gods themselves could comprehend but a part of the inaccessible glory which was their source. When temporarily permeated with divine enthusiasm man may transcend for a brief moment the limitations of his own personality and behold in part that celestial effulgence in which all creation is bathed. But even in his periods of greatest illumination man is incapable of imprinting upon the substance of his rational soul a perfect image of the multiform expression of celestial activity. Recognizing the futility of attempting to cope intellectually with that which transcends the comprehension of the rational faculties the early philosophers turned their attention from the inconceivable Divinity to man himself with in the narrow confines of whose nature they found manifested all the mysteries of the external spheres." --- Archive for the ‘The Human Body in Religious Symbolism’