Reviewed by Diane Donovan
The Mystery of Christ: The Life-Changing Revelation of the Great Initiate will reach Christian and new age spirituality readers alike with its travel through time and experience.
The story, “born in the period after the 1917 Russian revolution in the city of Odessa, Ukraine,” holds powerful meaning for modern audiences as it traverses the world of Thales, the Great Initiate of the Theban Sanctuary, whose experiences chart a foray into mysticism and spirituality that some Christians might initially dismiss as fantasy.
Those who read past these initial fantastic reflections (“I, Thales of Argos, was left alone with my Wisdom. I delved into my past, I remembered everything that was in the Great Atlantis. I bravely soared to the Highest Planes of Reason. I audaciously set out to fathom all the secret teachings. I knew that if I did not call the Goddess, I would never make my way out of this temple, just as those who had descended here before me had failed to escape.”) are in for a treat, because Thales offers a blend of mysticism, Christian inspection, philosophy and spirituality that is vividly portrayed and unique.
What were the experiences of those who saw Christ with their own eyes? This story delves into deeper questions of belief, responsibility, and choice: “You who have now been abandoned by your protector and left face to face with your Wisdom alone, must find your own way out of the situation. Though the Great Initiate of the Theban Sanctuary, Thales of Argos, has comprehended Truth himself, he cannot convey it to you, for Truth is not something that can be imparted — it must be comprehended.”
Its history and mystery are unparalleled and provide Christian and new age readers with a rare glimpse into the past as it discusses the enigma of Jesus the Nazarene, reviews ancient spiritual texts and experiences, and narrates the Crucifixion and Resurrection using poetic, evocative language unequalled in any other survey.
The wise observations of Thales of Argos and his reflections on spiritual mysteries, past lives, and Christian connections to some of the greatest questions of the times creates a powerful account that should be considered a mainstay of any Christian literature, history, or spirituality collection.
The words and experiences of Thales of Argos are especially recommended for theological debate and discussion groups, where their interpretation and experiences promise a lively discourse, indeed.