how inevitable were their innumerable failures, and how they must continue until these pretended authorities go tothe Brahmins and Lamaists of the far Orient, and respectfully ask them to impart the alphabet of true science.
"Deeply sensible of the Titanic struggle that is now in progress between materialism and the spiritualaspirations of mankind, our constant endeavor has been to gather into our several chapters, like weapons intoarmories, every fact and argument that can be used to aid the latter in defeating the former. Sickly anddeformed child as it now is, the materialism of Today is born of the brutal Yesterday. Unless its growth isarrested it may become our master. To prevent the crushing of these spiritual aspirations, the blighting of these hopes, and the deadening of that intuition which teaches us of a God and a hereafter, we must show ourfalse theologies in their naked deformity, and distinguish between divine religion and human dogmas. Ourvoice is raised for spiritual freedom, and our plea made for enfranchisement from all tyranny, whether of SCIENCE or THEOLOGY."The work plunges forthwith into the comparison of the ancient Occult tenets both with modern theologicaldogmas and modern scientific theories. Some of the tenets laid down are as follows:1. The pre-existence of
man clothed in a body of ethereal matter, and with the ability to communefreely with the now unseen universes.2. An almost incredible antiquity is claimed for the human race in its various "coats of skin," and the greatdoctrine of Cycles of Destiny (Karma) is emphasized, as well as that these Cycles do not affect all mankind atone and the same time, thus explaining the rise and fall of civilizations and the existence at one and the sametime of the most highly developed races side by side with tribes sunk in savagery.3. A double evolution, spiritual and intellectual as well as physical, is postulated whose philosophy alone canreconcile spirit and matter and cause each to demonstrate the other mathematically.4. The doctrine of the
of the spiritual and mental Man is given as the key which will supply every missing link in the theories of the modern evolutionists, as well as the mysteries of the various religions.The lower orders of evolution are declared to have emanated from higher spiritual ones before they develop. Itis affirmed that if men of science and theologians had properly understood the doctrine of Metempsychosis inits application to the indestructibility of matter and the immortality of spirit it would have been perceivedthat this doctrine is a sublime conception. It is demonstrated that there has not been a philosopher of any note who did not hold to this doctrine of Metempsychosis as taught by the Brahmins, Buddhists, and later by the Pythagoreans and the Gnostics,
in its esoteric sense.
For lack of comprehension of this great philosophicalprinciple the methods of modern science, however exact,
must end in nullity.
5. The ancients knew far more concerning certain sciences than our modern savants have yet discovered.
is as old as man. The calculations of the ancients applied equally to the
progress of humanity as to the physical. Magic was considered a divine science which led to a participation in the attributes of Divinity itself. "As above, so it is below. That which has been will return again. As in heaven, so on earth."The revolution of the physical world is attended by a like revolution in the world of intellect -- the spiritualevolution proceeding in cycles, like the physical one. The great kingdoms and empires of the world, afterreaching the culmination of their greatness, descend again,
in accordance with the same law by which they ascended;
till, having reached the lowest point, humanity reasserts itself and mounts up once more, the height