The Bible Less Authenticated than Any Other Sacred Book

This last argument is as ill-considered as it is naively expressed. We do not know of any book in the whole world less authenticated as to date, authors' names, or tradition, than our Christian Bible. Under these circumstances the Siamese have as much reason to believe in their miraculous Sommona-Cadom as the Christians in their miraculously-born Saviour. Moreover, they have no better right to force their religion upon the Siamese, or any other people, against their will, and in their own...

Persecution of Templars by the Church

As to the modern Knights Templar and those Masonic Lodges which now claim a direct descent from the ancient Templars, their persecution by the Church was a farce from the beginning. They have not, nor have they ever had any secrets, dangerous to the Church. Quite the contrary for we find J. G. Findel saying that the Scottish degrees, or the Templar system, only dates from 1735-1740, and following its Catholic tendency, took up its chief residence in the Jesuit College of Clermont, in Paris, and...

Principles of Jesuitry Compared with Those of Pagan Moralists

We are informed by the highest authorities what a man in the Catholic communion may do that the common law and public morality stamp as criminal, and still continue in the odor of Jesuitical sanctity. Now suppose we again turn the medal and see what principles were inculcated by Pagan Egyptian moralists before the world was blessed with these modern improvements in ethics. In Egypt every city of importance was separated from its burial place by a sacred lake. The same ceremony of...

Flight of a Lamas Astral Body Related by Abb

If our scientists are unable to imitate the mummy-embalming of the Egyptians, how much greater would be their surprise to see, as we have, dead bodies preserved by alchemical art, so that after the lapse of centuries, they seem as though the individuals were but sleeping. The complexions were as fresh, the skin as elastic, the eyes as natural and sparkling as though they were in the full flush of health, and the wheels of life had been stopped but the instant before. The bodies of certain very...

Hindu Doctrine of the Pitris

So 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 ancestor or father), otherwise than at * Verses 33-41. f Phxdrus, p. 64. the solemn moment of their first and last initiation. it is in the presence of his instructor, the guru,...

Baptism a Derived Right

The author of Sod shows Matthew trying to connect the appellation of Nazarene with a prophecy,+ and inquires Why then does Matthew state that the prophet said he should be called Nazaria Simply because he belonged to that sect, and a prophecy would confirm his claims to the Messiahship. . . . Now it does not appear that the prophets anywhere state that the Messiah will be called a Nazarene. J The fact alone that Matthew tries in the last verse of chapter ii. to strengthen his claim that Jesus...

Paul a Kabalist

If we search in this direction, with those sure guides, the Grecian Mysteries and the Kabala, before us, it will be easy to find the secret reason why Paul was so persecuted and hated by Peter, John, and James. The author of the Revelation was a Jewish kabalist pur sang, with all the hatred inherited by him from his forefathers toward the Mysteries. His jealousy during the life of Jesus extended even to Peter and it is but after the death of their common master that we see the two apostles the...

Christian Symbolism Derived from Phallic Worship

Taylor devoted his whole useful life to the search after such old manuscripts as would enable him to have his own speculations concerning several obscure rites in the Mysteries corroborated by writers who had been initiated themselves. It is with full confidence in the assertions of various classical writers that we say that ridiculous, perhaps licentious in J Introduction to Taylor's Eleusinian and Bacchic Mysteries, published by J. W. Bouton. some cases, as may appear ancient worship to the...

Cause of the Failure of Missionaries to Convert Buddhists and Brahmanists

The precepts of Hillel, who died forty years B. C., appear rather as quotations than original expressions in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus taught the world nothing that had not been taught as earnestly before by other masters. He begins his sermon with certain purely Buddhistic precepts that had found acceptance among the Essenes, and were generally practiced by the Orphikoi, and the Neo-platonists. There were the Philhellenes, who, like Apollonius, had devoted their lives to moral and...

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You have in yourself something similar to God, and therefore use yourself as the temple of God. 3. Know ye not ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you (1 Corinthians, iii. 16) 4. The greatest honor which can be paid to God, is to know and imitate his 4. That ye may be the children of your Father, which is in Heaven, be ye perfect even as your Father is perfect (Matthew v. 45-48). 5. What I do not wish men to do to me, I also wish not to do to men. (Analects of...

Fall of Man and the Deluge in the Hindu Books

The deluge appears in the Hindu books only as a tradition. It claims no sacred character, and we find it but in the Mahabharata, the Puranas, and still earlier in the Satapatha, one of the latest Brahmanas. It is more than probable that Moses, or whoever wrote for him, used these accounts as the basis of his own purposely disfigured allegory, adding to it moreover the Chaldean Berosian narrative. In Mahabharata, we recognize Nimrod under the name of King Daytha. The origin of the Grecian fable...

Etymology of iaq

To grasp the real and primitive sense of the term IAQ, and the reason of its becoming the designation for the most mysterious of all deities, we must search for its origin in the Evan das Land zwischen dem Indus und Tigris. ** Asi means, moreover, Thou art, in Sanscrit, and also sword, Asi, without the accent on the first vowel. ff Professor A. Wilder. figurative phraseology of all the primitive people. We must first of all go to the most ancient sources for our information. In one of the Books...

The Book of Job and the Book of the Dead

The allegory of Job, which has been already cited, if correctly understood, will give the key to this whole matter of the Devil, his nature and office and will substantiate our declarations. Let no pious individual take exception to this designation of allegory. Myth was the favorite and universal method of teaching in archaic times. Paul, writing to the Corinthians, declared that the entire story of Moses and the Israelites was typical + and in his Epistle to the Galatians, asserted that the...

Bloody Records of Christianity

With the death of the martyred daughter of Theon, the mathematician, there remained no possibility for the Neo-platonists to continue their school at Alexandria. During the life-time of the youthful Hypatia her friendship and influence with Orestes, the governor of the city, had assured the philosophers security and protection against their murderous image of the Holy Patroness of the Island, never to betray their secret, and never mention, at least, the name of their convent. And finally, when...

Murder of Hypatia

On the authority of ecclesiastical eye-witnesses, therefore, we are at liberty to say that the Christian world owes its Word of God to a method of divination, for resorting to which the Church subsequently condemned unfortunate victims as conjurers, enchanters, magicians, witches, and vaticinators, and burnt them by thousands In treating of this * Socrates Scol. Eccl. Hist., b. I., c. ix. truly divine phenomenon of the self-sorting manuscripts, the Fathers of the Church say that God himself...

Kabalistic Doctrine of the Cosmogony

Before proceeding to show by diagrams the close resemblance between the esoteric philosophies of all the ancient peoples, however geographically remote from each other, it will be useful to briefly explain the real ideas which underlie all those symbols and allegorical representations and have hitherto so puzzled the uninitiated commentators. Better than anything, it may show that religion and science were closer knit than twins in days of old that they were one in two and two in one from the...

Trinity of Man Taught by Paul

These ideas on the transmigrations and the trinity of man, were held by many of the early Christian Fathers. It is the jumble made by the translators of the New Testament and ancient philosophical treatises between soul and spirit, that * Sohar, vol. iii, p. 61 b. f Ibid., vol. i., p. 65b. J Hermetic work. has occasioned the many misunderstandings. It is also one of the many reasons why Buddha, Plotinus, and so many other initiates are now accused of having longed for the total extinction of...

Conclusions and illustrations

Chapter Recapitulation of Fundamental Seership of the Soul and of the The Phenomenon of the So-Called Difference between Mediums and Interview of an English Ambassador with a Reincarnated Buddha 549 Flight of a Lama's Astral Body Related by Abb Schools of Magic in Buddhist The Unknown Race of Hindu Will-Power of Fakirs and Taming of Wild Beasts by Evocation of a Living Spirit by a Shaman, Witnessed by the Writer 574 Sorcery by the Breath of a Jesuit Why the Study of Magic Is Almost...

Dogmas of the Gnostics

And now, in order to make such passages as the above more intelligible, we will endeavor to define, as briefly as possible, the dogmas in which, with very trifling differences, nearly all the Gnostic sects believed. It is in Ephesus that flourished in those days the greatest college, wherein the abstruse Oriental speculations and the Platonic philosophy were taught in conjunction. It was a focus of the universal secret doctrines the weird laboratory whence, fashioned in elegant Grecian...

Pythagorean Teachings of Jesus

Thus, in common with Pythagoras and other hierophant reformers, Jesus divided his teachings into exoteric and esoteric. Following faithfully the Pythagoreo-Essenean ways, he never sat at a meal without saying grace. The priest prays before his meal, says Josephus, describing the Essenes. Jesus also divided his followers into neophytes, brethren, and the perfect, if we may judge by the difference he made between them. But his career at least as a public Rabbi, was of a too short duration to...

Pretensions of Missionaries in India and China

Enough The approbation with which this book was received by the Church, and the peculiar sanctity attributed to it, is sufficient to show the estimation in which veracity was held by its patrons. We may add, in conclusion, that the finest quintessence of Boccaccio's Decameron appears prudery itself by comparison with the filthy realism of the Golden Legend. We cannot regard with too much astonishment the pretensions of the Catholic Church in seeking to convert Hindus and Buddhists to...

The legends of three Saviours

Meanwhile, before this smelting is completed by honest science glance at the present aspect of the legendary three religions. Epoch Uncertain. European science fears to commit itself. But the Brahmanical calculations fix it at about 6,877 years ago. Christna descends of a royal family, but is brought up by shepherds is called the Shepherd God. His birth and divine descent are kept secret from Kansa. Epoch According to European science and the Ceylonese calculations, 2,540 years ago. Gautama is...

Crimes Permitted to its Members

This Order of Jesuits is now all-powerful in Rome. They have been reinstalled in the Congregation of Extraordinary Ecclesiastical Affairs, in the Department of the Secretary of State, and in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Pontifical Government was for years previous to Victor Emanuel's occupation of Rome entirely in their hands. The Society now numbers 8,584 members. But we must see what are their chief rules. By what is seen above, in becoming acquainted with their mode of action, we may...

Schools of Magic in Buddhist Lamaseries

Numerous are the Buddhist and Lamaic saints who have been renowned for the unsurpassed sanctity of their lives and their miracles. So Tissu, the Emperor's spiritual teacher, who consecrated Kublai'-Khan, the Nadir Shah, was known far and wide as much for the extreme holiness of his life as for the many wonders he wrought. But he did not stop at fruitless miracles, but did better than that. Tissu purified completely his religion and from one single province of Southern Mongolia is said to have...

Will Power of Fakirs and Yogis

A number of lamas in Sikkin produce meipo miracle by magical powers. The late Patriarch of Mongolia, Gegen Chutuktu, who resided at Urga, a veritable paradise, was the sixteenth incarnation of Gautama, therefore a Boddhisattva. He had the reputation of possessing powers that were phenomenal, even among the thaumaturgists of the land of miracles par excellence. Let no one suppose that these powers are developed without cost. The lives of most of these holy men, miscalled idle vagrants, cheating...

Comparative Theology a New Science

But if Science has unintentionally helped the progress of the occult phenomena, the latter have reciprocally aided science herself. Until the days when newly-reincarnated philosophy boldly claimed its place in the world, there had been but few scholars who had undertaken the difficult task of studying comparative theology. This science occupies a domain heretofore penetrated by few explorers. The necessity which it involved of being well acquainted with the dead languages, necessarily limited...

Brahminic Spirit Communion

In ancient India, the mystery of the triad, known but to the initiates, could not, under the penalty of death, be revealed to the vulgar, says Vrihaspati. Neither could it in the ancient Grecian and Samothracian Mysteries. Nor can it be now. It is in the hands of the adepts, and must remain a mystery to the world so long as the materialistic savant regards it as an undemonstrated fallacy, an insane hallucination, and the dogmatic theologian, a snare of the Evil One. * The body of man his coat...

Jacolliots Account of Hindu Fakirs

As a rule, the Brahmans, says Jacolliot, rarely go beyond the class of grihesta priests of the vulgar castes and purahita exorcisers, divines, prophets, and evocators of spirits . And yet, we shall see . . . once that we have touched upon the question and study of manifestations and phenomena, that these initiates of the first degree (the lowest) attribute to themselves, and in appearance possess faculties developed to a degree which has never been equalled in Europe. As to the initiates of the...

Peter not the Founder of Roman Church

As to Peter, biblical criticism has shown before now that he had probably no more to do with the foundation of the Latin Church at Rome, than to furnish the pretext so readily seized upon by the cunning Ireneus to benefit this Church with the new name of the apostle Petra or Kiffa, a name which allowed so readily, by an easy play upon words to connect it with Petroma, the double set of stone tablets used by the hierophant at the initiations, during the final Mystery. In this, perhaps, lies...

Jesus Considered an Adept by Some Pagan Philosophers and Early Christians

What would the pious Epiphanius say were he to resuscitate and step into St. Peter's Cathedral at Rome Ambrosius seems also very desperate at the idea that some persons fully credited the statement of Lampridius that Alexander Severus had in his private chapel an image of Christ among other great philosophers. That the Pagans should have preserved the likeness of Christ, he exclaims, but the disciples have neglected to do so, is a notion the mind shudders to entertain, much less to believe. All...

Samuel David and Solomon Mythical Personages

There is more than one important character in the Bible, whose biography proves him a mythical hero. Samuel is indicated as the personage of the Hebrew Commonwealth. He is the doppel of Samson, of the Book of Judges, as will be seen being the son of Anna and El-Kaina, as Samson was of Manua or Manoah. Both were fictitious characters, as now represented in the revealed book one was the Hebrew Hercules, and the other Ganesa. Samuel is credited with establishing the republic, as putting down the...

Satan the Mainstay of Sacerdotalism

Mahomet and his disciples, who held Jesus in great respect as a prophet, remarks Eliphas Levi, used to utter, when speaking of Christians, the following remarkable words Jesus of Nazareth was verily a true prophet of Allah and a grand man but lo his disciples all went insane one day, and made a god of him. Max M ller kindly adds It was a mistake of the early Fathers to treat the heathen gods as demons or evil spirits, and we must take care not to commit the same error with regard to the Hindu...

His Relation to Serpent Worship

The Two Brothers, the Good and Evil Principles, appear in the Myths of the Bible as well as those of the Gentiles, and Cain and Abel, Typhon and Osiris, Esau and Jacob, Apollo and Python, etc., Esau or Osu, is represented, when born, as red all over like an hairy garment. He is the Typhon or Satan, opposing his brother. From the remotest antiquity the serpent was held by every people in the greatest veneration, as the embodiment of Divine wisdom and the symbol of spirit, and we know from...

The Hindu Devil a Metaphysical Abstraction

The Protestant is a reaction from the Roman Catholic Church. It is necessarily not coherent in its parts, but a prodigious host of fragments beating their way round a common centre, attracting and repelling each other. Parts are centripetally impelled towards old Rome, or the system which enabled old Rome to exist parts still recoil under the centrifugal impulse, and seek to rush into the broad ethereal region beyond Roman, or even Christian influence. The modern Devil is their principal...

Symbolism of Noahs

The flood, then, is the Old Serpent or the great deep of matter, Isaiah's dragon in the sea (xxvii. 1), over which the ark safely crosses on its way to the mount of Salvation. But, if we have heard of the ark and Noah, and the Bible at all, it is because the mythology of the Egyptians was ready at hand for Moses (if Moses ever wrote any of the Bible), and that he was acquainted with the story of Horus, standing on his boat of a serpentine form, and killing the Serpent with his spear and with...

The Meaning of God Incarnate

That expression, Ye are gods, which, to our biblical students, is a mere abstraction, has for the kabalists a vital significance. Each immortal spirit that sheds its radiance upon a human being is a god the Microcosmos of the Macrocosmos, part and parcel of the Unknown God, the First Cause of which it is a direct emanation. It is possessed of all the attributes of its parent source. Among these attributes are omniscience and omnipotence. Endowed with these, but yet unable to fully manifest them...

The Age of Philosophy Produced No Atheists

How then if they must accept the Pythagoras painted by the satirical Timon a juggler of solemn speech engaged in fishing for men, can they avoid judging of Jesus from the sketch that Celsus has embalmed in his satire Historical impartiality has nought to do with creeds and personal beliefs, and exacts as much of posterity for one as for the other. The life and doings of Jesus are far less attested than those of Pythagoras, if, indeed, we can say that they are attested at all by any historical...

Lying Catholic Saints

Before leaving the subject, let us give one or two more instances from the Chronicles of the Lives of the Saints, selected from such narratives as are fully accepted by the Church. We might fill volumes with proofs of undeniable confederacy between the exorcisers and the demons. Their very nature betrays them. instead of being independent, crafty entities bent on the destruction of men's souls and spirits, the majority of them are simply the elementals of the kabalists creatures with no...

Dangers of Untrained Mediumship

This word, absorbed, when it is proved that the Hindus and Buddhists believe in the immortality of the spirit, must necessarily mean intimate union, not annihilation. Let Christians call them idolaters, if they still dare do so, in the face of science and the latest translations of the sacred Sanscrit books they have no right to present the speculative philosophy of ancient sages as an inconsistency and the philosophers themselves as illogical fools. With far better reason we can accuse the...

Christian and Pagan Beliefs Compared

The Egyptian Isis was also represented as a Virgin Mother by her devotees, and as holding her infant son, Horus, in her arms. In some statues and basso-relievos, when she appears alone she is either completely nude or veiled from head to foot. But in the Mysteries, in common with nearly every other goddess, she is entirely veiled from head to foot, as a symbol of a mother's chastity. It would not do us any harm were we to borrow from the ancients some of the poetic sentiment in their religions,...

Church Statistics

In the United States of America, sixty thousand (60,428) men are paid salaries to teach the Science of God and His relations to His creatures. These men contract to impart to us the knowledge which treats of the existence, character, and attributes of our Creator His laws and government the doctrines we are to believe and the duties we are to practice. Five thousand (5,141) of them,* with the prospect of 1273 theological students to help them in time, teach this science according to a formula...

Witch Burnings and AutoDaFe of Little Children

The wife of Liebler. The wife of Gutbrodt. The wife of Hocker. IN THE SECOND BURNING, FOUR PERSONS. Two strange women (names unknown). The old wife of Beutler. Tungersleber, a minstrel. Four wives of citizens. IN THE FOURTH BURNING, FIVE PERSONS. Lutz, an eminent shop-keeper. The wife of Baunach, a senator. collaborators, in the course of eighteen years, burned at the stake 10,220 persons, 6,860 in effigy, and otherwise punished 97,321 . . . With unutterable disgust and...

Trinity of Man in Egyptian Book of the Dead

In the Egyptian Funeral Ritual found among the hymns of the Book of the Dead, and which is termed by Bunsen that precious and mysterious book, we read an address of the deceased, in the character of Horus, detailing all that he has done for his father Osiris. Among other things the deity says 30. I have given thee thy Spirit. 31. I have given thee thy Soul. 32. I have given thee thy force (body), etc. In another place the entity, addressed as Father by the disembodied soul, is shown to mean the...

Strict Lives of Pagan Hierophants

But the modern heirs of these ecclesiastical falsifiers, who charge magic, spiritualism, and even magnetism with being produced by a demon, forget or perhaps never read the classics. None of our bigots has ever looked with more scorn on the abuses of magic than did the true initiate of old. No modern or even medieval law could be more severe than that of the hierophant. True, he had more discrimination, charity, and justice, than the Christian clergy for while banishing the unconscious...

Resemblance between Early Christianity and Buddhism

Clement describes Basilides, the Gnostic, as a philosopher devoted to the contemplation of divine things. This very appropriate expression may be applied to many of the founders of the more important sects which later were all engulfed in one that stupendous compound of unintelligible dogmas enforced by Iren us, Tertullian, and others, which is now termed Christianity. If these must be called heresies, then early Christianity itself must be included in the number. Basilides and Valentinus...

The Order of Jesuits and Its Relation to Some of the Masonic Orders

The origin of the Roman Catholic amulets and relics blessed by the Pope, is the same as that of the Ephesian Spell, or magical characters engraved either on a stone or drawn on a piece of parchment the Jewish amulets with verses out of the Law, and called phylacteria, Fulakthria , and the Mahometan charms with verses of the Koran. All these were used as protective magic spells and worn by the believers on their persons. Epiphanius, the worthy ex-Marcosian, who speaks of these charms when used...

Christian Doctrine of the Atonement Illogical

We have often wondered at the extraordinary ideas of God and His justice that seem to be honestly held by those Christians who blindly rely upon the clergy for their religion, and never upon their own reason. How strangely illogical is this doctrine of the Atonement. We propose to discuss it with the Christians from the Buddhistic stand-point, and show at once by what a series of sophistries, directed toward the one object of tightening the ecclesiastical yoke upon the popular neck, its...

Knowledge of Chemistry and Physics Displayed by Indian Jugglers

We may ridicule the Khan's prudence we cannot blame him for trustingly leaving the decision of the puzzling dilemma to Providence itself. One of his most unsurmountable objections to embrace Christianity he thus specifies to Marco You see that the Christians of these parts are so ignorant that they achieve nothing and can achieve nothing, whilst you see the idolaters can do anything they please, insomuch that when I sit at table, the cups from the middle of the hall come to me full of wine or...

Freemasonry No longer Esoteric

But now that so many of the most important secrets of Masonry have been divulged by friend and foe, may we not say, without suspicion of malice or ill-feeling, that since the sad catastrophe of the Templars, no Lodge in Europe, still less in America, has ever known anything worth concealing. Reluctant to be misunderstood, we say no Lodge, leaving a few chosen brethren entirely out of question. The frantic denunciations of the Craft by Catholic and Protestant writers appear simply ridiculous, as...

Sorceries of Catherine of Medicis

Catherine, the pious Christian who has so well deserved in the eyes of the Church of Christ for the atrocious and never-to-be-forgotten massacre of St. Bartholomew the Queen Catherine, kept in her service an apostate Jacobin priest. Well versed in the black art, so fully patronized by the Medici family, he had won the gratitude and protection of his pious mistress, by his unparalleled skill in killing people at a distance, by torturing with various incantations their wax simulacra. The process...

The Grandest Mysteries of Religion in the Bhagavad Gita

Neither Renan nor Strauss, nor the more modern Viscount Amberley seem to have had the remotest suspicion of the real meaning of many of the parables of Jesus, or even of the character of the great Galilean philosopher. Renan, as we have seen, presented him to us as a Gallicized Rabbi, le plus charmant de tous, still but a Rabbi and one, moreover, who does not even come out of the school of Hillel, or any school either, albeit he terms him repeatedly the charming doctor.* He shows him as a...

Kabalism in the Book of Ezekiel

Already, we find Ezekiel addressed by the likeness of the glory of the Lord, as Son of man. This peculiar title is used repeatedly throughout the whole book of this prophet, which is as kabalistic as the roll of a book which the Glory causes him to eat. It is written within and without and its real meaning is identical with that of the Apocalypse. It appears strange that so much stress should be laid on this peculiar appellation, said to have been applied by Jesus to himself, when, in the...

The Sacrifice of Blood Interpreted

Buddha teaches the doctrine of a new birth as plainly as Jesus does. Desiring to break with the ancient Mysteries, to which it was impossible to admit the ignorant masses, the Hindu reformer, though generally silent upon more than one secret dogma, clearly states his thought in several passages. Thus, he says Some people are born again evil-doers go to Hell righteous people go to Heaven those who are free from all worldly desires enter Nirvana (Precepts of the Dhammapada, v., 126). Elsewhere...

Antiquity of the Mahabharata

Orientalists accord the Mahabharata an antiquity of * Against the latter assumption derived solely from the accounts of the Bible we have every historical fact. 1st. There are no proofs of these twelve tribes having ever existed that of Levi was a priestly caste and all the others imaginary. 2d. Herodotus, the most accurate of historians, who was in Assyria when Ezra flourished, never mentions the Israelites at all Herodotus was born in 484 B. C. between twelve and fifteen hundred years B.C. as...

Their Persecuting Spirit

If this zealous Christian can boast so unblushingly of having caused by his information seventy women, even of rank, to be sent into exile, through the seductions of some in whose number he had himself been drawn into joining their sect, he has left us a fair standard by which to judge him. C. W. King remarks, very aptly, on this point, that it may reasonably be suspected that this worthy renegade had in this case saved himself from the fate of his fellow-religionists by turning evidence...

Days of Genesis and Days of Brahma

The cosmogonical speculations of the first six chapters of Genesis are shown in the races of sons of God, giants, etc., of chapter vi. Properly speaking, the story of the formation of our earth, or creation, as it is very improperly called, begins with the rescue of Noah from the deluge. The Chaldeo-Babylonian tablets recently translated by George Smith leave no doubt of that in the minds of those who read the inscriptions esoterically. Ishtar, the great goddess, speaks in column iii. of the...

The Patriarchs Identical with Zodiacal Signs

The above are the ten biblical patriarchs, identical with Hindu Pragapatis (Pradjapatis), and the Sephiroth of the Kabala. We say ten patriarchs, not twenty, for the Kenite line was devised for no other purpose than, 1, to carry out the idea of dualism, on which is founded the philosophy of every religion for these two genealogical tables represent simply the opposing powers or principles of good and evil and 2, as a blind for the uninitiated masses. Suppose we restore them to their primitive...

Catholic Miracles and Spiritualistic Phenomena

Among Christians there is nothing but dissension. Their various churches represent every degree of religious belief, from the omnivorous credulity of blind faith to a condescending and high-toned deference to the Deity which thinly masks an evident conviction of their own deific wisdom. All these sects believe more or less in the immortality of the soul. Some admit the intercourse between * H. Maudsley, Body and Mind. the two worlds as a fact some entertain the opinion as a sentiment some...

Origin of the Fish Symbol of Vishnu

It is well known, that the earliest Christian emblems before it was ever attempted to represent the bodily appearance of Jesus were the Lamb, the Good Shepherd, and the Fish. The origin of the latter emblem, which has so puzzled the arch ologists, thus becomes comprehensible. The whole secret lies in the easily-ascertained fact that, while in the Kabala, the King Messiah is called Interpreter, or Revealer of the mystery, and shown to be the fifth emanation, in the Talmud for reasons we will now...

Nazareans Ophites and Modern Druzes

What the actual Baptists, el-Mogtasila, or Nazareans, do the two figures standing beside the cross as Buddha's virgin mother, and Kama his favorite disciple. The whole picture bears a close likeness to the Crucifixion, in the cemetery of Pope Julius, except the animals, which are conclusive proof that it cannot be Christian. It came ultimately from the far East to Ireland, with the Phrenician colonists, who erected the Round Towers as symbols of the life-giving and preserving power of man and...

Were the Ancient Egyptians of the Aryan Race

As it is a recognized fact that the Jews borrowed most of their laws from the Egyptians, let us examine who were the Egyptians. In our opinion which is but a poor authority, of course they were the ancient Indians, and in our first volume we have quoted passages from the historian Collouca-Batta that support such a theory. What we mean by ancient India is the following No region on the map except it be the ancient Scythia is more uncertainly defined than that which bore the designation of...

Occult Arts Practised by the Clergy

Ecclesia non novit Sanguinem meekly repeated the scarlet-robed cardinals. And to avoid the spilling of blood which horrified them, they instituted the Holy Inquisition. If, as the occultists maintain, and science half confirms, our most trifling acts and thoughts are indelibly impressed upon the eternal mirror of the astral ether, there must be somewhere, in the boundless realm of the unseen universe, the imprint of a curious picture. It is that of a gorgeous standard waving in the heavenly...

The Devil Officially Recognized by the Church

For our part, we would rather remember the wise words of J. C. Colquhoun,** who says that those persons who, in modern times, adopt the doctrine of the Devil in its strictly literal and personal application, do not appear to be aware that they are in reality polytheists, heathens, idolaters. Seeking supremacy in everything over the ancient creeds, the Christians claim the discovery of the Devil officially recognized by the Church. Jesus was the first to use the word Les Hauts Phenomenes de la...

The Unknown Race of Hindu Todas

It is surpassingly strange, that with the thousands of travellers and the millions of European residents who have been in India, and have traversed it in every direction, so little is yet known of that country and the lands which surround it. It may be that some readers will feel inclined not merely to doubt the correctness but even openly contradict our statement Doubtless, we will be answered that all that it is desirable to know about India is already known In fact this very reply was once...

True Meaning of Nirvana

Gautama, no less than all other great reformers, had a doctrine for his elect and another for the outside masses, though the main object of his reform consisted in initiating all, so far as it was permissible and prudent to do, without distinction of castes or wealth, to the great truths hitherto kept so secret by the selfish Brahmanical class. Gautama-Buddha it was whom we see the first in the world's history, moved by that generous feeling which locks the whole humanity within one embrace,...

Buddha Jesus and Apollonius of Tyana

Apollonius, a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, was, like him, an enthusiastic founder of a new spiritual school. Perhaps less metaphysical and more practical than Jesus, less tender and perfect in his nature, he nevertheless inculcated the same quintessence of spirituality, and the same high moral truths. His great mistake was to confine them too closely to the higher classes of society. While to the poor and the humble Jesus preached Peace on earth and good will to men, Apollonius was the...

Difference between Mediums and Adepts

Fairfield's deduction that the fluttering phantom-hand is an emanation from the medium is logical, and it is correct. The test of the horse-shoe magnet proves in a scientific way what every kabalist would affirm upon the authority of experience, no less than philosophy. The force concerned in the phenomenon is the will of the medium, exercised unconsciously to the outer man, which for the time is semi-paralyzed and cataleptic the phantom-hand an extrusion of the man's inner or astral...

Gnostic and Nazarene Systems Contrasted with Hindu Myths

When the woman separates herself from her androgyne, and becomes a distinct individuality, the first story is repeated over again. Both the Father and Son, the two Adams, love her beauty and then follows the allegory of the temptation and fall. It is in the Kabala, as in the Ophite system, in which both the Ophis and the Ophiomorphos are emanations emblematized as serpents, the former representing Eternity, Wisdom, and Spirit (as in the Chaldean Magism of Aspic-worship and Wisdom-Doctrine in...

Discrepancies in the Pentateuch

It is alleged that the Pentateuch was written by Moses, and yet it contains the account of his own death (Deuteronomy xxxiv. 6) and in Genesis (xiv. 14), the name Dan is given to a city, which Judges (xviii. 29), tells us was only called by that name at that late day, it having previously been known as Laish. Well might Josiah have rent his clothes when he had heard the words of the Book of the Law for there was no more of Moses in it than there is of Jesus in the Gospel According to John. We...

All Bible Legends Belong to Universal History

O, companions, companions, man as emanation was both man and woman as well on the side of the Father as on the side of the Mother. And this is the sense of the words, and Elohim spoke, Let there be Light and it was Light . . . And A spiritual woman was necessary as a contrast for the spiritual man. Harmony is the universal law. In Taylor's translation, Plato's discourse upon creation is rendered so as to make him say of this universe that He caused it to move with circular motion. . . . When,...

True Buddhism What It Is

Genuine Buddhism, overleaping the barrier between finite and infinite mind, urges its followers to aspire, by their own efforts, to that divine perfectibility of which it teaches that man is capable, and by attaining which man becomes a god, says Brian Houghton Hodgson. Dreary and sad were the ways, and blood-covered the tortuous paths by which the world of the Christians was driven to embrace the Irenean and Eusebian Christianity. And yet, unless we accept the views of the ancient Pagans, what...

The Trinity of the Kabala

The kabalistic trinity is one of the models of the Christian one. The Ancient whose name be sanctified, is with three heads, but which make only one.+ Tria capita exsculpa sunt, unum intra alterum, et alterum supra alterum. Three heads are inserted in one another, and one over the other. The first head is the Concealed Wisdom (Sapientia Abscondita). Under this head is the Ancient (Pythagorean Monad), the most hidden of mysteries a head which is no head (caput quod non est caput) no one can know...

Identity of Satan with the Egyptian Typhon

Samael is Satan but Bryan and a good many other authorities show it to be the name of the Simoun the wind of the desert,+ and the Simoun is called Atabul-os or Diabolos. Plutarch remarks that by Typhon was understood anything violent, unruly, and disorderly. The overflowing of the Nile was called by the Egyptians Typhon. Lower Egypt is very flat, and any mounds built along the river to prevent the * Vendidad, fargard x., 23 I combat the deva shma, the very evil. The Yacnas, x. 18, speaks...

Satan and the Prince of Hell in the Gospel of Nicodemus

This god was Herakles, the Only-Begotten One, and the Saviour. And it is he who was chosen as a model by the ingenious Fathers. Hercules called Alexicacos for he brought round the wicked and converted them to virtue Soter, or Saviour, also called Neulos Eumelos the Good On the Creed, fol. 1676, p. 225. ff Lib. 1, c. 2 Lib. de Princ, in Procoem. Advers. Praxeam, c. ii. JJ De Fide et Symbol. Shepherd Astrochiton, the star-clothed, and the Lord of Fire. He sought not to subject nations by force...

Magic and Sorcery Practised by Christian Clergy

Where, in the records of European Magic, can we find cleverer enchanters than in the mysterious solitudes of the cloister Albert Magnus, the famous Bishop and conjurer of Ratisbon, was never surpassed in his art. Roger Bacon was a monk, and Thomas Aquinas one of the most learned pupils of Albertus. Trithemius, Abbott of the Spanheim Benedictines, was the teacher, friend, and confidant of Cornelius Agrippa and while the confederations of the Theosophists were scattered broadcast about Germany,...

Sacrilegious Tricks of Catholic Clergy

The press of even Catholic France is fairly aroused at this indignity, and openly accuses the Ultramontane portion of the Catholic Church and the Vatican of siding, during the present Eastern struggle, with the Mahometan against the Christian. When the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the French Legislature spoke some mild words in favor of the Greek Christians, he was only applauded by the liberal Catholics, and received coldly by the Ultramontane party, says the French correspondent of a New...

The Apocalypse Kabalistic

It would be difficult to escape from the well-adduced proofs that the Apocalypse is the production of an initiated kabalist, when this Revelation presents whole passages taken from the Books of Enoch and Daniel, which latter is in itself an abridged imitation of the former and when, furthermore, we ascertain that the Ophite Gnostics who rejected the Old Testament entirely, as emanating from an inferior being Jehovah , accepted the most ancient prophets, such as Enoch, and deduced the strongest...

Diagrams of Hindu and Chaldeo Jewish Systems

Thus we are enabled to build our theories solely on the visible manifestations of the Deity, on its objective natural phenomena. To apply to these creative principles the term God is puerile and absurd. One might as well call by the name of Benvenuto Cellini the fire which fuses the metal, or the air that cools it when it is run in the mould. If the inner and ever-concealed spiritual, and to our minds abstract, Essence within these forces can ever be connected with the creation of the physical...

Christian Dogmas Derived from Heathen Philosophy

Who the enemies of the Lord were, according to the Christians, is not difficult to surmise the few inside the Augustinian fold were His new children and favorites, who had supplanted in His affections the sons of israel, His chosen people. The rest of mankind were His natural foes. The teeming multitudes of heathendom were proper food for the flames of hell the handful within the Church communion, heirs of salvation. But if such a proscriptive policy was just, and its enforcement was sweet...

The Sohar and Rabbi Simeon

The greatest of the kabalistic works of the Hebrews Sohar IHT was compiled by Rabbi Simeon Ben-Iochai'. According to some critics, this was done years before the Christian era according to others only after the destruction of the temple. However, it was completed only by the son of Simeon, Rabbi Eleazar, and his secretary, Rabbi Abba for the work is so immense and the subjects treated so abstruse that even the whole life of this Rabbi, called the Prince of kabalists, did not suffice for the...

Ten Mythical Avatars of Vishnu

And now again re-enter into the golden egg of His Thought, the germs of all that exist, as the divine Manu tells us. During His peaceful rest, the animated beings, endowed with the principles of action, cease their functions, and all feeling manas becomes dormant. When they are all absorbed in the Supreme Soul, this Soul of all the beings sleeps in complete repose, till the day when it resumes its form, and awakes again from its primitive darkness. If we now examine the ten mythical avatars of...

Ptr Rf Su

Baron Bunsen shows this sacred formulary mixed up with a whole series of glosses and various interpretations on a monument forty centuries old. This is identical with saying that the record the true interpretation was at that time no longer intelligible. . . . We beg our readers to understand, he adds, that a sacred text, a hymn, containing the words of a departed spirit, existed in such a state about 4,000 years ago . . as to be all but unintelligible to royal scribes. That it was...

EnSoph and the Sephiroth

In the oldest Oriental Kabala, the Deity is represented as three circles in one, shrouded in a certain smoke or chaotic exhalation. In the preface to the Sohar, which transforms the three primordial circles into Three Heads, over these is described an exhalation or smoke, neither black nor white, but colorless, and circumscribed within a circle. This is the unknown Essence. The origin of the Jewish image may, perhaps, be traced to Hermes' Pimander, the Egyptian Logos, who appears within a cloud...

Meanings of Nazar and Nazarene

There is another hypothesis possible, which is that Zero-Ishtar was the high priest of the Chaldean worship, or Magian hierophant. When the Aryans of Persia, under Darius Hystaspes, overthrew the Magian Gomates, and restored the Masdean worship, there ensued an amalgamation by which the Magian Zoro-astar became the Zara-tushra of the Vendidad. This was not acceptable to the other Aryans, who adopted the Vedic religion as distinguished from that of Avesta. But this is but an hypothesis. And...

Doctrine of Permutation

In the very first remark made by Jesus about John the Baptist, we find him stating that he is Elias, which was for to come. This assertion, if it is not a later interpolation for the sake of having a prophecy fulfilled, means again that Jesus was a kabalist unless indeed we have to adopt the doctrine of the French spiritists and suspect him of believing in reincarnation. Except the kabalistic sects of the Essenes, the Nazarenes, the disciples of Simeon Ben Iochai, and Hillel, neither the...

Is Zoroaster a Generic Name

Therefore, it is but natural that we should see in the appellation of Zoroaster not a name but a generic term, whose significance must be left to philologists to agree upon. Guru, in Sanscrit, is a spiritual teacher and as Zuruastara means in the same language he who worships the sun, why is it impossible, that by some natural change of language, due to the great number of different nations which were converted to the sun-worship, the word guru-astara, the spiritual teacher of sun-worship, so...

High Character of Ancient Mysteries

In these celebrated rites, although persons of both sexes and all classes were allowed to take a part, and a participation in them was even obligatory, very few indeed attained the higher and final initiation. The gradation of the Mysteries is given us by Proclus in the fourth book of his Theology of Plato. The perfective rite teleth , precedes in order the initiation Muesis and the initiation, Epopteia, or the final apocalypse revelation . Theon of Smyrna, in Mathematica, also divides the...