isis unveiled: chapter chapter VII (thou great first cause)

“Thou great First Cause, least understood.” – POPE.

“Whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire, this longing after immortality? Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror of falling into naught? Why shrinks the soul back on herself, and startles at destruction? ‘Tis the divinity that stirs within us; ‘Tis heaven itself that points out our hereafter and intimates eternity to man. ETERNITY! Thou pleasing, dreadful thought!” – ADDISON.

“There is another and a better world.” – KOTZEBUE: The Stranger.

“After according so much space to the conflicting opinions of our men of science about certain occult phenomena of our modern period, it is but just that we give attention to the speculations of mediaeval alchemists and certain other illustrious men.

Almost without exception, ancient and mediaeval scholars believed in the arcane doctrines of wisdom. These included Alchemy, the Chaldeo-Jewish Kabala, the esoteric systems of Pythagoras and the old Magi, and those of the later Platonic philosophers and theurgists. We also propose in subsequent pages to treat of the Indian gymnosophists and the Chaldean astrologers.

We must not neglect to show the grand truths underlying the misunderstood religions of the past. The four elements of our fathers, earth, air, water, and fire, contain for the student of alchemy and ancient psychology – or as it is now termed, magic – many things of which our philosophy has never dreamed.

We must not forget that what is now called Necromancy by the Church, and Spiritualism by modern believers, and that includes the evoking of departed spirits, is a science which has, from remote antiquity, been almost universally diffused over the face of the globe.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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