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

“Maimonides, the great Jewish theologian and historian, who at one time was almost deified by his countrymen and afterward treated as a heretic, remarks, that the more absurd and void of sense the Talmud seems the more sublime is the secret meaning.

 
This learned man has successfully demonstrated that the Chaldean Magic, the science of Moses and other learned thaumaturgists ( a performer of miracles; magician) was wholly based on an extensive knowledge of the various and now forgotten branches of natural science.

 
Thoroughly acquainted with all resources of the vegetable, animal, and mineral kingdoms, experts in occult chemistry and physics, psychologists as well as physiologists, why wonder that the graduates or adepts instructed in the mysterious sanctuaries of the temples, could perform wonders, which even in our days of enlightenment would appear supernatural.

 
It is an insult to human nature to brand magic and the occult science with the name of imposture. To believe that for so many thousands of years, one-half of mankind practiced deception and fraud on the other half, is equivalent to saying that the human race was composed only of knaves and incurable idiots.

 
Where is the country in which magic was not practiced? At what age was it wholly forgotten?”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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