isis unveiled: chapter v (one common origin)

“The fakir was a man who, through the entire subjugation of the matter of his corporeal system has attained to that state of purification at which the spirit becomes nearly freed from its prison, and can produce wonders.

His will, nay, a simple desire of his has become creative force, and he can command the elements and powers of nature. His body is no more an impediment to him; hence he can converse “spirit to spirit, breath to breath”.

Under his extended palms, a seed, unknown to him (for Jacolliot has chosen it at random among a variety of seeds, from a bag, and planted it himself, after marking it, in a flower pot), will germinate instantly, and push its way through the soil.

Developing in less than two hours’ time to a size and height which, perhaps, under ordinary circumstances, would require several days or weeks, it grow miraculously under the very eyes of the perplexed experimenter, and mockingly upsets every accepted formula in Botany.

Is this a miracle? By no means; it may be one, perhaps if we take Webster’s definition, that a miracle is “every event contrary to the established constitution and course of things – a deviation from the know laws of nature.”

But are our naturalists prepared to support the claim that what they have once established on observation is infallible? Or that every law of nature is known to them? In this instance, the “miracle” is but a little more prominent than the now well-known experiments of General Pleasanton, of Philadelphia.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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