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H.P. Blavatsky - Practical Occultism and Occultism Versus the Occult Arts, Blavatsky Pamphlet No. 4

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Blavatsky Pamphlets Practical Occultism and Occultism Versus the Occult ArtsNo. 4
Practical OccultismandOccultism Versus the Occult Arts
by H.P. Blavatsky
Published by The H.P.B. Library TorontoOn. !anadaOccultism is not ma"ic thou"h ma"ic is one o# its tools.Occultism is not the ac$uirement o# po%ers %hether psychicor intellectual thou"h both are its servants. Neither is occultism the pursuit o# happiness as men understand the %ord& #or the #irst step is sacri#ice the second renunciation.Occultism is the science o# li#e the art o# livin" '
Lucifer 
 Vol. ( p.)
PRACTICAL OCCULTI!
I!PORTA"T TO TU#$"T
 As some o# the letters in the !orrespondence o# this month sho% there are many people %ho are lookin" #or practical instruction in Occultism. *t becomes necessary there#ore to state once #or all&+a, The essential di##erence bet%een theoretical and practical Occultism& or %hat is "enerally kno%n as Theosophy on the one hand and Occult science on the other and-+b, The nature o# the di##iculties involved in the study o# the latter.*t is easy to become a Theosophist. Any person o# avera"e intellectual capacities and a leanin" to%ard the metaphysical& o# pure unsel#ish li#e %ho #inds more oy in helpin" his nei"hbour than in receivin" help himsel#& one %ho is every ready to sacri#ice his o%n pleasures #or the sake o# other people& and %ho loves Truth /oodness and 0isdom #or their o%n sake not #or the bene#it they may con#er 1 is a Theosophist.But it is $uite another matter to put onesel# upon the path %hich leads to the kno%led"e o# %hat is "ood to do as to the ri"ht discrimination o# "ood #rom evil& a path %hich also leads a man to that po%er throu"h %hich he can do the "ood he desires o#ten %ithout even apparently li#tin" a #in"er.Pa"e (
 
Blavatsky Pamphlets Practical Occultism and Occultism Versus the Occult ArtsNo. 4
2oreover there is one important #act %ith %hich the student should be made ac$uainted. Namely the enormous almost limitless responsibility assumed by the teacher #or the sake o# the pupil. 3rom the /urus o# the ast %ho teach openly or secretly do%n to the #e% 5abalists in 0estern lands %ho undertake to teach the rudiments o# the 6acred 6cience to their disciples 1 those 0estern Hierophants bein" o#ten themselves i"norant o# the dan"er they incur 1 one and all o# those 7Teachers8 are subect to the same inviolable la%. 3rom the moment they be"in
really 
 to teach #rom the instant they con#er
any
po%er 1 %hether psychic mental or physical 1 on their pupils they take upon themselves
all 
 the sins o# that pupil in connection %ith the Occult 6ciences %hether o# omission or commission until the moment %hen initiation makes the pupil a 2aster and responsible in his turn. There is a %eird and mystic reli"ious la% "reatly reverenced and acted upon in the /reek hal#'#or"otten in the 9oman !atholic and absolutely e:tinct in the Protestant !hurch. *t dates #rom the earliest days o# !hristianity and has its basis in the la% ust stated o# %hich it %as a symbol and an e:pression. This is the do"ma o# the absolute sacredness o# the relation bet%een the "od'parents %ho stand sponsors #or a child
%
 6o holy is the connection thus #ormed deemed in the /reek !hurch that a marria"e bet%een "od'parents o# the same child is re"arded as the %orst kind o# incest is considered ille"al and is dissolved by la%& and this absolute prohibition e:tends even to the children o# one o# the sponsors as re"ards those o# the other
&
These tacitly take upon themselves all the sins o# the ne%ly bapti;ed child 1 +anointed as at the initiation a mystery truly<, 1 until the day %hen the child becomes a responsible unit kno%in" "ood and evil. Thus it is clear %hy the 7Teachers8 are so reticent and %hy 7!helas8 are re$uired to serve a seven years= probation to prove their #itness and develop the $ualities necessary to the security o# both 2aster and pupil.Occultism is not ma"ic. *t is
comparatively 
 easy to learn the trick o# spells and the methods o# usin" the subtler but still material #orces o# physical nature& the po%ers o# the animal soul in man are soon a%akened& the #orces %hich his love his hate his passion can call into operation are readily developed. But this is Black 2a"ic 1
Sorcery 
. 3or it is the motive and
the motive alone
 %hich makes any e:ercise o# po%er become black mali"nant or %hite bene#icent 2a"ic. *t is impossible to employ
spiritual 
 #orces i# there is the sli"htest tin"e o# sel#ishness remainin" in the operator. 3or unless the intention is entirely unalloyed the spiritual %ill trans#orm itsel# into the psychic act on the astral plane and dire results may be produced by it. The po%ers and #orces o# animal nature can e$ually be used by the sel#ish and reven"e#ul as by the unsel#ish and the all'#or"ivin"& the po%ers and #orces o# spirit lend themselves only to the per#ectly pure in heart 1 and this is >*V*N 2A/*!.0hat are then the conditions re$uired to become a student o# the 7>ivina 6apientia8? 3or let it be kno% that no such instruction can possibly be "iven unless these certain conditions are complied %ith and ri"orously carried out durin" the years o# study. This is a
sine qua non
. No man can s%im unless he enters deep %ater. No bird can #ly unless its %in"s are "ro%n and it has space be#ore it and coura"e to trust itsel# to the air. A man %ho %ill %ield a t%o'ed"ed s%ord must be a thorou"h master o# the blunt %eapon i# he %ould not inure himsel# 1 or %hat is %orse 1 others at the #irst attempt.To "ive an appro:imate idea o# the conditions under %hich alone the study o# >ivine 0isdom can be pursued %ith sa#ety that is %ithout dan"er that >ivine %ill "ive place to Black 2a"ic a pa"e is "iven #rom the 7private rules8 %ith %hich every instructor in the ast is #urnished. The #e% passa"es %hich #ollo% are chosen #rom a "reat number and e:plained in brackets.Pa"e @
 
Blavatsky Pamphlets Practical Occultism and Occultism Versus the Occult ArtsNo. 4
(1 The place selected #or receivin" instruction must be a spot calculated not to distract the mind and #illed %ith 7in#luence'evolvin"8 +ma"netic, obects. The #ive sacred colours "athered in a circle must be there amon" other thin"s. The place must be #ree #rom any mali"nant in#luences han"in" about in the air.The place must be set apart and used #or no other purpose. The #ive 7sacred colours8 are the prismatic hues arran"ed in a certain %ay as these colours are very ma"netic. By 7mali"nant in#luences8 are meant any disturbances throu"h stri#es $uarrels bad #eelin"s
etc 
. as these are said to impress themselves immediately on the astral li"ht
i.e
. in the atmosphere o# the place and to han" 7about in the air8. This #irst condition seems easy enou"h to accomplish yet 1 on #urther consideration it is one o# the most di##icult ones to obtain. @1 Be#ore the disciple shall be permitted to study 7#ace to #ace8 he has to ac$uire preliminary understandin" in a select company o# other lay
upasaka
 +disciples, the number o# %hom must be odd.73ace to #ace8 means in this instance a study independent or apart #rom others %hen the disciple "ets his instruction
face to face
 either %ith himsel# +his hi"her >ivine 6el#, or 1 his "uru. *t is then only that each receives
his due
 o# in#ormation accordin" to the use he has made o# his kno%led"e. This can happen only to%ard the end o# the cycle o# instruction.C1 Be#ore thou +the teacher, shall impart to thy
Lanoo
 +disciple, the "ood +holy, %ords o# LA29*N or shall permit him 7to make ready8 #or
Dubjed 
 thou shalt take care that his mind is thorou"hly puri#ied and at peace %ith all especially %ith
his other Selves.
 Other%ise the %ords o# 0isdom and o# the "ood La% shall scatter and be picked up by the %inds.7Lamrin8 is a %ork o# practical instructions by Tson'kha'pa in t%o portions one #or ecclesiastical and e:oteric purposes the other #or esoteric use. 7To make ready8 #or
Dubjed 
 is to prepare the vessels used #or seership such as mirrors and crystals. The 7other selves8 re#ers to the #ello%'students. Dnless the "reatest harmony rei"ns amon" the learners
no
 success is possible. *t is the teacher %ho makes the selections accordin" to the ma"netic and electric natures o# the students brin"in" to"ether and adustin" most care#ully the positive and the ne"ative elements.41 The
upasaka
 %hile studyin" must take care to be united as the #in"ers on one hand. Thou shalt impress upon their minds that %hatever hurts one should hurt the others& and i# the reoicin" o# one #inds no echo in the breasts o# the others then the re$uired conditions are absent and it is useless to proceed.This can hardly happen i# the preliminary choice made %as consistent %ith the ma"netic re$uirements. *t is kno%n that chelas other%ise promisin" and #it #or the reception o# truth had to %ait #or years on account o# their temper and the impossibility they #elt to put themselves
in tune
 %ith their companions. 3or 1E1 The co'disciples must be tuned by the "uru as the strin"s o# a lute +vina, each di##erent #rom the others yet each emittin" sounds in harmony %ith all. !ollectively they must #orm a key'board ans%erin" Pa"e C

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