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PRELIMINARY

The desire to enlarge, nay, rather, to determine what is known by inquisition into the thoughts of other civilizations, is one that has been keenly felt in divers environments. Inclinations insufficiently satisfied by home-planned exer­ cises have sought compensation in the doctrines of the stranger. Greek mysticism thus showed zest for initiation into the Egyptian and Asiatic cults; the signature of “ Mysteries ” under which the revelations present indicates the imperfect adjustment to ideas fostered in a different cultural centre. Thus too, mediaeval China welcomed eagerly the Indian Buddhism that, among new ideals and with a monastic system, brought her new prescriptions for the contenting of old instincts.