isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

“And now we will quote in this connection the truthful remark of a writer who passed years in India in the study of the origin of such superstitions:

“Vulgar magic in India, like a degenerated infiltration, goes hand-in-hand with the most ennobling beliefs of the sectarians of the Pitris. It was the work of the lowest clergy and designed to hold the populace in a perpetual state of fear. It is thus that in all ages and under every latitude, side by side with philosophical speculations of the highest character, one always finds the religion of the rabble. In India it was the work of the lowest clergy; in Rome, that of the highest Pontiffs. But then, have they not as authority their greatest saint, Augustine, who declares that “whoever believes not in the evil spirits, refuses to believe in Holy Writ?”

Therefore, in the second half of the nineteenth century, we find the counsel for the Sacred Congregation of Rites, (exorcism of demons included), Father Ventura de Raulica, writing thus, in a letter published by des Mousseaux, in 1865:

“We are in full magic, and under false names; the Spirit of lies and impudicity goes on perpetrating his horrible deprecations. The most grievous feature in this is that among the most serious persons they do not attach the importance to the strange phenomena which they deserve, these manifestations that we witness, and which become with every day more weird, striking, as well as most fatal. I cannot sufficiently admire and praise, from this standpoint, the zeal and courage displayed by you in your work. The facts which you have collected are calculated to throw light and conviction into the most skeptical minds; and after reading this remarkable work, written with so much learnedness and consciousness, blindness is no longer possible. If anything could surprise us, it would be the indifference with which these phenomena have been treated by false Science, endeavoring as she has, to turn into ridicule so grave a subject; the childish simplicity exhibited by her in the desire to explain the facts by absurd and contradictory hypothesis. [Signed], “The Father Ventura de Raulica, etc., etc.”

Thus, encouraged by the greatest authorities of the Church of Rome, ancient and modern, the Chevalier argues the necessity and the efficacy or exorcism by the priests. He tries to demonstrate – on faith, as usual – that the powers of the spirits of hell is closely related to certain rites, words, and formal signs. “In the Diabolical Catholicism”, he says, “as well as in the Divine Catholicism, potential grace is bound, (liéé), to certain signs”.

While the power of the Catholic priest proceeds from God, that of the Pagan priest proceeds from the Devil. The Devil, he adds, “is forced to submission”, before the holy minister of God – “he dares not LIE.””

H. P. Blavatsky

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