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

the solemn moment of their first and last initiation. it is in the presence of his instructor, the guru, and just before the vatou-fakir is dispatched into the world of the living, with his seven-knotted bamboo wand for all protection, that he is suddenly placed face to face with the unknown Presence. He sees it, and falls prostrate at the feet of the evanescent form, but is not entrusted with the great secret of its evocation; for it is the supreme mystery of the holy syllable. The AUM contains the evocation of the Vedic triad, the Trimurti Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, say the Orientalists; J it contains the evocation of something more real and objective than this triune abstraction — we say, respectfully contradicting the eminent scientists. It is the trinity of man himself, on his way to become immortal through the solemn union of his inner triune Self — the exterior, gross body, the husk not even

J The Supreme Buddha is invoked with two of his acolytes of the theistic triad, Dharma and Sanga. This triad is addressed in Sanscrit in the following terms: Namo Buddhaya, Namo Dharmaya, Namo Sangaya, Aum!

while the Thibetan Buddhists pronounce their invocations as follows:

Nan-won Fho-tho-ye, Nan-won Tha-ma-ye, Nan-won Seng-kia-ye, Aan!

See also "Journal Asiatique," tome vii., p. 286.

being taken in consideration in this human trinity.* It is, when this trinity, in anticipation of the final triumphant reunion beyond the gates of corporeal death became for a few seconds a Unity, that the candidate is allowed, at the moment of the initiation, to behold his future self. Thus we read in the Persian Desatir, of the "Resplendent one"; in the Greek philosopher-initiates, of the Augoeides — the self-shining "blessed vision resident in the pure light"; in Porphyry, that Plotinus was united to his "god" six times during his lifetime; and so on.

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