Isis Unveiled: chapter III (The mirror of the soul)

“It would be vain to seek, either through the tedious circumlocution of the six volumes of hid Cours de Philosophie Positive, or in that parody on priesthood, in the form of a dialogue – The Catechism of the Religion of Positivism – any idea suggestive of even provisional remedies for such evils. His disciples suggest that the sublime doctrines of their prophet were not intended for the vulgar.

Comparing the dogmas preached by Positivism with their practical exemplifications by its apostles, we must confess the possibility of some very achromatic doctrine being at the bottom of it.

While the “high-priest” preaches that “woman must cease to be the female of the man”; while the theory of the positivist legislators on marriage and the family, chiefly consists in making the woman the “mere companion of man by ridding her of every maternal function”; and while they are preparing against the future a substitute for that function by applying “to the chaste woman” “a latent force”, some of its lay priests openly preach polygamy, and others affirm that their doctrines are the quintessence of spiritual philosophy.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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