isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"A medium of olden times, like the modern "medium" was subject to be entranced at the will and pleasure of the "power" which controlled him; therefore, he could not well have been entrusted with the awful secrets of the final initiation, "never to be revealed under the penalty of death." The old sage, in unguarded [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"The hierophants and some Brahmans are accused of having administered to their epoptai, strong drinks or anaesthetics to produce visions which shall be taken by the latter as realities. They did and do use sacred beverages which, like the Soma-drink, possess the faculty of freeing the astral form from the bonds of matter; but in [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"The doctrine of the Moksha and the Nirvana, as understood by the school of Max Muller, can never bear confronting with numerous texts that can be found, if required, as a final refutation. There are sculptures in many pagodas which contradict, point-blank, the imputation. Ask a Brahman to explain Moksha, address yourself to an educated [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"Subjective communication with the human, god-like spirits of those who have preceded us to the silent land of bliss, is in India divided into three categories. Under the spiritual training of a guru or sannyasi, the vatou, (disciple or neophyte), begins to feel them. Were he not under the immediate guidance of an adept, he [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"The doctrine of planetary and terrestrial Pitris was revealed entirely in ancient India, as well as now, only at the last moment of initiation, and to the adepts of superior degrees. Many are the fakirs, who, though pure, and honest, and self-devoted, have yet never seen the astral form of a purely human pitar, (an [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"To disbelieve that there exist in man certain arcane powers, which, by psychological study he can develop in himself to the highest degree, become a hierophant and then impart to others under the same conditions of earthly discipline, is to cast an imputation of falsehood and lunacy upon a number of the best, purest, and [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"If Demeter was considered the intellectual soul, or rather the Astral soul, half emanation from the spirit and half tainted with matter through a succession of spiritual evolutions - we may readily understand what is meant by the Matron Baubo, the Enchantress, who before she succeeds in reconciling the soul - Demeter, to its new [...]

isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter ii (sorcery)

"If during the Aporreta or preliminary arcanes, there were some practices which might have shocked the pudicity of a Christian convert - though we doubt the sincerity of such statements - their mystical symbolism was all sufficient to relieve the performance of any charge of licentiousness. Even the episode of the Matron Baubo - whose [...]