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H.P. BLAVATSKY - THE SECRET DOCTRIN III - 3

H.P. BLAVATSKY - THE SECRET DOCTRIN III - 3

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SECTION XXXIVThe Post-Christian Successors to the Mysteries
(Page 303)
THE Eleusinian Mysteries were no more. Yet it was these which gave their principle features to the Neo-platonic school of Ammonius Saccas, for the Eclectic Systemwas chiefly characterised by its Theurgy and ecstasis. It was Iamblichus who added to itthe Egyptian doctrine of Theurgy with its practices, and Porphyry, the Jew, who opposedthis new element. The school, however, with but few exceptions, practised asceticism andcontemplation, its mystics passing through a discipline as rigorous as that of the Hindudevotee. Their efforts never tended so much to develop the successful practice of thaumaturgy, necromancy or sorcery—such as they are now accused of—as to evolve thehigher faculties of the inner man, the Spiritual Ego. The school held that a number of spiritual beings, denizens of spheres quite independent of the earth and of the humancycle, were mediators between the “Gods” and men, and even between man and theSupreme Soul. To put it in plainer language, the soul of man became, owing to the help of the Planetary Spirits, “recipient of the soul of the world” as Emerson puts it. Apollonius of Tyana asserted his possession of such a power in these words (quoted by Professor Wilder in his
Neo-Platonism
):I can see the present and the future in a clear mirror. The sage
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need not wait for the vapours of the earth and the corruption of the air to foresee plagues and fevers; he

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