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29 - Andrew Jackson Davis - A Stellar Key to the Summer Land (en)

29 - Andrew Jackson Davis - A Stellar Key to the Summer Land (en)

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A Stellar Key to the Summer Land
by Andrew Jackson Davis
AUTHOR OF "NATURE'S DIVINE REVELATIONS," L" IIARMONIA," "ARABULA,"AND OTHER VOLUMES ON THE " BARMONIAL PHILOSOPHY." PART I.ILLUSTRATED WITH DIAGRAMS AND. ENGRAVINGS OF CELESTIALSCENERY. THIRD THO US._D. BOSTON: WILLIAM WVHITE & COMPANY, 158WASHINGTON STREET. NEW YORI: BANNER OF LIGHT BRANCH OFFICE, 544BROADWAY. 1868.Page IVEntered according to Act of Congress in the year 1867, by ANDREW JACKSONDAVIS In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the District of  New Jersey. M<cCREA & MILLER, STrEISOTYERS, 15 Vandewater Street.Page V||N SXPLANATORY 0ORD. THIS VOLUME IS DESIGNED TO FURNISHSCIENTIFIC AND )HILOSOPHICAL EVIDENCES OF THE JXISTENCE OF ANJNHABITABLE SPHERE OFP JZONE AMONG THE )SUNS AND LANETS OFSPACE. THESE EVIDENCES ARE INDISPENSABLE, BEING ADAPTED TO ALLWHO SEEK A SOLID, RATIONAL, PHILOSOPHICAL FOUNDATION ON WHICHTO REST THEIRF HOPES OF A SUBSTANTIAL EXISTENCE AFTERFk DEATH. New York, tecember l5th, i867,Page VIPage VIICONTENTS OF PART I. CHAPTER I. PAGE Or THE NATURAL ANDSPIRITUAL UNIVERSES 5 CHAPTER II. IMMORTAL MIND LOOKING INTO THEHEAVENS e 11 CHAPTER III. DEFINITION OF SUBJECTS UNDER CONSIDERATION O o 16 CHAPTER IV. THE POSSIBILITY OF THE SPIRITUALZONE. 18 CHAPTER V. THE ZONE IS POSSIBLE IN THE VERY NATURE OFTHINGS. 23 CHAPTER VI. THE SPIRITUAL ZONE VIEWED AS A PROBABILITY81 CHAPTER VIL EVIDENCES OF ZONE-FORMATIONS IN THE HEAVENS,, 37CHAPTER VIII. THE SCIENTIFIC CERTAINTY OF THE SPIRITUAL ZONE. 45CHAPTER IX. A VIEW OF THE WORKING FORCES OF THE UNIVERSE 60CHAPTER X. PRINCIPLES OF TEE FORMATION OF THE SUMMER LAND 64Page VIIIviii CONTENTS. CHAPTER XI. PAGB DEMONSTRATIONS OF THEHARMONIES OF THE UNIVERSE o 77 CHAPTER XII. THE CONSTITUTION OFTHE SUMMER LAND. 101 CHAPTER XIII. THE LOCATION OF THE SUMMER LAND.. 131 CHAPTER XIV. A PHILOSOPHICAL VIEW OF THE SUMMER LAND o148 CHAPTER XV. THE SPIRITUAL ZONE AMONG THE STARS. * 158 CHAPTER XVI. TRAVELINGt AND SOCIETY IN THE SUMMER LAND. 163 CHAPTER XVII.THE SUMMER LAND AS SEEN BY CLAIRVOYANCE 184 CHAPTER XVIII.SYNOPSIS OF THE IDEAS PRESENTED. o O 149Page 5A STELLAR KEY. CHAPTER I. OF THE NATURAL AND THE SPIRITUALUNIVERSES. THE discovery and announcement of that wonderful and interminablerelationship between the material universe and the spiritual universe-a relationship foundedin the immutable laws of existence, by which things visible are bound by the ties of fertilesympathy to realms of causation invisible-could not but astonish and delight the boldest poetic imagination, and excite the opposition and ridicule of those skeptics who rely for what they term "positive knowledge," upon the industry and testimony of their five bodily
 
senses. The discovery of the law of Gravitation, notwithstanding its far-stretching penetrations into the profoundest secrets and fixed operations of the great Positive Mind,was not a thousandth part as important and world-lifting as was the disclosure of aninhabitable and a really inhabited belt of solid spiritualized matter in the heavens, adaptedto the new bodies, and new senses, and new necessities, of men, and women, and children,who are born on this planet, and who unfairlPage 66 A STELLA KEY. ingly withdraw from it through the process called " Death."Like thankful children, bending in reverential gratitude beneath the unutterable glory of theCentral Sun -the throne, so to speak, of the all-loving Mother and omniscient Father of All-we approach the repositories of ideas and essences, and ask for such facts and suchillustrations as can be seen and admitted by philosophers and skeptics of the mostmaterialistic habits of thought. We seek for data in the recognized fields of positiveknowledge, for scientific facts and recent discoveries in matter, which shall serve asstepping-stones for the millions, whereby they can, intellectually and rationally, gain aclear vision of spheres celestial and heavenly. The world-cheering discovery of the shining belt, to.which I have alluded, has arrived by degrees; coming through the hazyglimmerings of man's intuitions from remotest ages; stealing with beneficentmysteriousness through the hopes of mankind; seen like the light of a distant taper shiningthrough openings in thinnest clouds; felt in the reasonings and wonderful generalizations'of astronomers; beheld by the entranced poet and by the inspired artist as a permanent reality beyond the starry confines; contemplated by analogical reasoners as a capacious Existence-adapted to, and yearned for by the immortal mnind-a world swimming somewhere inspace, where star or planet never rolled; demonstrated to the senses of spiritualists by "sounds," not uncertain, like e voices of distant waters heard through a landscape unrknown, but cistinc and positive, telling of a home for you and for me in the solemn abysses of Page 7THE SPIRITUAL UNIVERSE. 7 qp)ace; and, lastly, looked upon by tile brighteyes of independent clairvoyants, who liave discerned its constitution, read its sublimemysteries, disclosed the grandeur of the planetary Inechanism, described the illustrious beings who repose there in contemplation, and the thronging hosts, also, who, with humanaffections and infinitely diversified attractions, people that substantial and eternal sphere,not built with hands, in the bosom of the heavens. The relationship and sympatny betweentile orbs and spheres of immensity —between this world of humanity and that better worldof humanity arisen-are recognized naturally and inevitably by man's intuitions and reason.It comes like a gleam of glory sent into finite minds from the Central Sun; and he isunreverential to truth, not to say wicked and dogmatic, who turns away from it withcontempt. 4'" Man is immortal, " is the world's affirmation. "'Is it otherwise possible in thegovernment of the Universe?" asks a writer. "Shall the material thing, inorganic, inert,impercipient, move on in this wondrous perpetuity; and shall the soul which discerns itsorder and tracks its career, and detects its laws and speculates on its c6nstitution, be sweptaway as nothing before it? Shall unconscious matter last, while the mind, to which alone itsfunctions are subservient, which interprets its mysteries and reads them in the signature of God, vanish like the passing wind? Shall the knowledge and the thoughts of men behanded down in endless genealogy, teaching and inspiring the soul of other times; andshall the conscious creature which called them into being be blotted ignominiously fromcreation 2 ImposPage 88 A STELLAER EYo sible! It cannot be but that they, through the medium of whose thought we now gaze at the skies, witness elsewhere the excellence of their pasttoils, the triumphs of their studious meditations. Surely the Heavens which theydeciphered, they behold with eyes undimmed by age, and minds yet yearning, but in a
 
spirit of profounder adoration, to press forward toward vaster disclosures of the infinitudeof God!" Looking far into the ages past, and making the laborious march of man's historywith regard to his acquisition of positive knowledge, I find accurate conceptions, more or less mixed with the reflections of superstition and the colorings of fancy, of the realities pertaining to a higher sphere of human existence. At first it was natural for the individualmind to be narrow in its conceptions, because its views were mainly derived from outwardobservations of the skies. But now, at an era when the human race is no longer in itsinfancy, the individual's reason can take in purer sentiments and larger conceptions,derived from discoveries of those unchangeable laws and principles which sustain andregulate the stupendous combinations of infinite harmonies. The Intuition of pastgenerations, like the totality of the Reason of those now living, gives out no conflictingtestimony on the physical possibility of an inhabitable sphere or zone of spiritualizedmatter in space, called recently the Summer Land. It is no dream, remember, but ademonstration consummated at the lower end of HIerschel's telescope, that scatteredthrough tihe measureless expanse of blue ether, but in the very perfection of order andharmony, are groups of stars and systems of suns, occupying ilPage 9THE SPIRITUAL UNIVERSE. 9 the heavens positions which are, to the unarmedeye, covered and filled with only boundless fields of nebule. Scientific astronomy, by itsmarvelous discoveries, has thus expanded men's minds with respect to the firmamentalmagnitudes and planetary splendors of the material universe. The cosmogonies of illimitable space are fast coming into popular education. It is now conceded, even byanthropomorphists and other unprogressive religionists, that instead of the earth being atthe centeir of God's universe, and instead of the doings and omissions of its denizens beingthe chief concern and perpetual misery of the entire Trinity, our sun and its planets belongto the Milky Way not only, but that the Milky Way itself is merely one community of sunsand planets of an infinitude of similar systems and communities that float and sing thesongs of h armony, in the celestial atmosphere of the univercoelum! "Where are we, after all," asks an astronomer,' but in the center of a sphere, whose circumference is 35,000times as far from us as Sirius, and beyond whose circuit boundless infinity stretchesunfathomed as ever. In our first conceptions, the distance of the earth from the sun is aquantity almost infinite. Compare it with the intervals between the fixed stars, and it becomes no quantity at all, but only an infinitesimal. Now, when the spaces between thestars are contrasted with the gulfs of dark space separating firmaments, they absolutelyvanish below us. Can the whole firmamental creation, in its turn, be only a corner of somemightier schemre-a mere nebula itsvlf? Probably Coleridge is not in error:-' It is notimpossible that to some infinitely superior Being the whole universe may be as one 1*Page 1010 A STELLAR KEY. plain-the distance between planet and planet being only asthe pores in a grain of sand, and the spaces between system and system no greater than theintervals between one grain and the grain adjacent!" The stupendous character of the truthsthus far unfolded by astronomy must act beneficially upon the human mind. But it is myimpression that the resolution of the nebula of immensity into millions of suns, with their attendant minor systems of inhabitable planets and uninhabitable satellites, asteroids, andcomets, is, notwithstanding its amazing, and engrossing, and overwhelming vastness andsublime beauty, nothing more than a look within the vestibule of the Eternal Temple! Themeasureless systems of stars and suns, which roll and swim and eddy and waltz about intheir harmonial circles, shine upon landscapes more beautiful, and into eyes more divinethan ours!Page 11LOOKING INTO THE HEAYENS. 11 CHAPTER II. IMMORTAL MINDLOOKING INTO THE HEAVENS. IN accordance with the imperious law of attractiona

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