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...

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...

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...

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...

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...