Isis Unveiled: chapter I (an axiom of hermetic philosophy)

“As well as those who lived in the days of the Psammetics, our present-day philosophers “lift the Veil of Isis” – for Isis is but the symbol of nature. But, they see only her physical forms. The soul within escapes their view; and the Divine Mother has no answer for them.

 
There are anatomists, who, uncovering to sight no indwelling spirit under the layers of muscles, the network of nerves, or the cineritious matter, which they lift with the point of the scalpel, assert that man has no soul.

 
Such are as purblind in sophistry as the student, who, confining his research to the cold letter of the Kabala, dares say it has no vivifying spirit.

 
To see the true man who once inhabited the subject which lies before him, on the dissecting table, the surgeon must use other eyes than those of his body. So, the glorious truth covered up in the hieratic writings of the ancient papyri can be revealed only to him who possesses the faculty of intuition – which, if we call reason the eye of the mind, may be defined as the eye of the soul.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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