Isis Unveiled: chapter II (A Deeper Philosophy)

“Pride, where wit fails, steps in to our defense
And fills up all the mighty void of sense….” – POPE
“But why should the operations of nature be changed? There may be a deeper philosophy than we dream of – a philosophy that discovers the secrets of nature, but does not alter, by penetrating them, its course.” – BULWER.

“IS it enough for man to know that he exists? Is it enough to be formed a human being to enable him to deserve the appellation of MAN?

 
It is our decided impression and conviction, that to become a genuine spiritual entity, which that designation implies, man must first create himself anew, so to speak – i.e., thoroughly eliminate from his mind and spirit, not only the dominating influence of selfishness and other impurity, but also the infection of superstition and prejudice. The latter is far different from what we commonly term antipathy or sympathy.

 
We are at first irresistibly or unwittingly drawn within its dark circle by that peculiar influence, that powerful current of magnetism which emanates from ideas as well as from physical bodies. By this we are surrounded, and finally prevented through moral cowardice – fear or public opinion – from stepping out of it.

 
It is rare that men regard a thing in either its true or false light, accepting the conclusion by the free action of their own judgment. Quite the reverse. The conclusion is more commonly reached by blindly adopting the opinion current at the hour among those with whom they associate.

 
A church member will not pay an absurdly high price for his pew any more than a materialist will go twice to listen to Mr. Huxley’s talk on evolution, because they think that it is right to do so; but merely because Mr. and Mrs. So-and-so have done it, and these personages are THE S-AND S-‘S.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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