Hermetic Brothers of Egypt

But it must not be inferred, on that account, that such a mysterious brotherhood is but a fiction, not even a name, though it remains unknown to this day. Whether its affiliates are called by an Egyptian, Hindu, or Persian name, it matters not. Persons belonging to one of these sub-brotherhoods have been met by trustworthy, and not unknown persons, besides the present writer, who states a few facts concerning them, by the special permission of one who has a right to give it. In a recent and...

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...

Socrates and Plato on Soul and Spirit

Here Socrates took his clew and followed it, and Plato after him, with the whole world of interior knowledge. Where the old Ionico-Italian world culminated in Anaxagoras, the new world began with Socrates and Plato. Pythagoras made the Soul a self-moving unit, with three elements, the nous, the phren and the thumos the latter two, shared with the brutes the former only, being his essential self. So the charge that he taught transmigration is refuted he taught no more than Gautama-Buddha ever...

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...

Story of the Resurrection of Jairuss Daughter Found in the History of Christna

There was but one apostle of Jesus worthy of that name, and that was Paul. However disfigured were his Epistles by dogmatic hands before being admitted into the Canon, his conception of the great and divine figure of the philosopher who died for his idea can still be traced in his addresses to the various Gentile nations. Only, he who would understand him better yet must study the Philonean Logos reflecting now and then the Hindu Sabda (logos) of the Mimansa school. As to the other apostles,...

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...

Jehovah Identical with Bacchus

Would Christians still maintain the identity of the Father of Jesus and Jehovah, if evidence sufficiently clear could be adduced that the Lord God was no other than the Pagan Bacchus, Dionysos Well, this identity of the Jehovah at Mount Sinai with the god Bacchus is hardly disputable. The name mrp or Iao, according to Theodoret, which is the secret name of the Phrenician Mystery-god and it was actually adopted from the Chaldeans with whom it also was the secret name of the creator. Wherever...

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...