This book makes no claim to literary merit. It is simply a work of research and documentation, giving evidence and facts which will help the reader in drawing his own conclusions. The book is not complete simply because it will never be complete. But for the present it is the best study of the root conditions which have led to present day subversive upheavals and the overthrow of the principles of Christian civilization. The book is a fascinating journey into the various occult traditions from the 16th century to the early 20th century and reveals secrets that have long been hidden. The author died under very mysterious circumstances and has taken much of the secrets with her into the grave. Did she find out too much? If you want to know everything about secret societies and conspiratory brotherhoods, this is yours. Be prepared for knowledge that reaches far beyond your current imagination.
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Chapter I - The Religion Of The Secret
Chapter Ii - The Meaning Of Occultism
Chapter Iii - Brahminism
Chapter Iv - Mazdeism (Zoroastrianism)
Chapter V - Confucianism And Taoism
Chapter Vi - Egyptian Esoterism
Chapter Vii - Judaism (The Pharisees)
Chapter Viii - Orpheism And The Pagan Mysteries
Chapter Ix - The Druids
Chapter X - Christianity
Chapter Xi - Manicheism
Chapter Xii - Witchcraft
Chapter Xiii - The Gnostics (The Heretics)
Chapter Xiv - Lamaism
Chapter Xv - The Yezidees (Devil Worshippers)
Chapter Xvi - Orthodox Islam
Chapter Xvii - Unorthodox Islam, The Ishmaelites. The Lodge Of Cairo
Chapter Xviii - The Druses
Chapter Xix - The Assassins
Chapter Xx - The Knights Templar
Chapter Xxi - Knights Of Malta
Chapter Xxii - The Rosicrucians
Chapter Xxiii - Cathares, Albigenses, Waldenses
Chapter Xxiv - The Moravians
Chapter Xxv - The Anabaptists
Chapter Xxvi - Grand Lodge Of England (Founded 1717)
Chapter Xxvii - The Gospel Of Revolution
Chapter Xxviii - The Preparation
Chapter Xxix - General Pepe And The " One Big Union "
Chapter Xxx - Albert Pike And Giuseppe Mazzini
Chapter Xxxi - Practical Politics
Chapter Xxxii - Adriano Lemmi
Chapter Xxxiii - The Interlocking Directorate
Associations Of The 16th Century
Chapter Xxxiv - The Illuminati Of Spain (Founded 1520)
Chapter Xxxv - The Order Of The Jesuits (Founded 1541)
Chapter Xxxvi - The Defenders (Roman Catholic) (Founded 1562)
Associations Of The 17th Century
Chapter Xxxvii - Ancient Order Of Hibernians (A. O. H.) (Roman Catholic) (Founded 1641)
Chapter Xxxviii - Jansenism (Founded 1638)
Chapter Xxxix - Camisards Of The Cevennes (Originating 1688)
Associations Of The 18th Century
Chapter Xl - The Rite Of Swedenborg Or Illuminati Of Stockholm (Founded 1721)
Chapter Xli - Supreme Conseil And Grand Orient De France (Founded 1725)
Chapter Xlii - The Convulsionaries Of St. Medard (Founded 1731)
Chapter Xliii - The Royal Order Of Scotland (Founded 1750)
Chapter Xliv - The Strict Observance (Founded 1751-52)
Chapter Xlv - The Martinist Order (Founded 1754)
Chapter Xlvi - The Illuminati Of Avignon (Founded 1760)
Chapter Xlvii - Antient And Accepted Scottish Rite (America). —
Chapter Xlviii - The Order Of The Mopse (Founded 1763)
Chapter Xlix - The Rite Of Zinnendorf (Founded 1766)
Chapter L - The Philaletes (Chercheurs De La Verite) (Founded 1773)
Chapter Li - The Illuminati Of Bavaria (Founded 1776)
Chapter Lii - The Tugendbund (Founded 1786)
Chapter Liii - The Jacobins (The Clubs Or Lodges Of The French Revolution) (Founded 1786)
Chapter Liv - The Knights Templar America (Founded Prior To 1790)
Chapter Lv - The United Irishmen (Founded 179))
Chapter Lvi - The Orange Society (Protestant And Masonic) (Founded 1795)
Chapter Lvii - The Philadelphians (The Olympians) (Founded 1798)
Chapter Lviii - The Scottish Philosophic Rite (Founded 1799)
Associations Of The 19th Century
Chapter Lix - Modern Knights Templar England (Founded 1804)
Chapter Lx - Modern Knights Templar France (Founded 1804)
Chapter Lxi - Modern Knights Templar Sweden
Chapter Lxii - Rite Of Mizraim (Founded 1805)
Chapter Lxiii - The Ribbon Society (Roman Catholic) (Founded 1805)
Chapter Lxiv - The Cerneau Rite (Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rite) (Founded 1808)
Chapter Lxv - Carbonarism (The Alta Vendita) (Haute Vente D'italie) (Alta Vendita [Lodge] Founded 1809)
Chapter Lxvi - The Manchester Unity Of Oddfellows England (Founded 1810)
Chapter Lxvii - The Hetairia Of Greece (Etherists) (Founded 1814)
Chapter Lxviii - The Hung Society Of China (Founded About 1815)
Chapter Lxix - Rite Of Memphis (Founded 1815)
Chapter Lxx - The Calderari (Founded 1816)
Chapter Lxxi - French Carbonarism (Founded 1820)
Chapter Lxxii - Modern Knights Templar Poland (Founded 1822)
Chapter Lxxiii - The St. Patrick Boys (Founded 1825)
Chapter Lxxiv - Brahmo Somaj (Founded 1830)
Chapter Lxxv The Mormons (Founded 1830)
Chapter Lxxvi - Independent Order Of B'nai B'rith I. O. B. B. (Jewish Masonry) (Founded 1843)
Chapter Lxxvii - Young Ireland (Founded 1843)
Chapter Lxxviii - The Bahai Movement (Founded 844)
Chapter Lxxix - The Independent Order Of Oddfellows I. O. O. F. (American) (Founded 1844)
Chapter Lxxx - Modern Spiritism (Founded 1848)
Chapter Lxxxi - The Eastern Star (Founded 1850)
Chapter Lxxxii - The Irish Republican Brotherhood (I. R. B.) The Fenians. (Founded 1857-1858)
Chapter Lxxxiii - Phoenix Society Of Skibbereen (Founded 1858)
Chapter Lxxxiv - L'alliance Israelite Universelle (A Branch Of Jewish Masonry) (Founded 1860)
Chapter Lxxxv - The International (First And Second) (Founded 1860)
Chapter Lxxxvi - The Ku-Klux Klan (Founded 1865)
Chapter Lxxxvii - Societas Rosicruciana In Anglia (Founded 1866)
Chapter Lxxxviii - The Clan-Na-Gael (V. C.) (Founded 1869)
Chapter Lxxxix - The Nihilists (Founded 1869)
Chapter Xc - The Cryptic Rite (Founded In England 1871)
Chapter Xci - The Sat Bhai Of Prague (Founded 1872)
Chapter Xcii - Ancient And Primitive Rite Rite Of Memphis England (Founded 1872)
Chapter Xciii - The Anarchists (Founded 1872)
Chapter Xciv - The Ancient And Archaeological Order Of Druids (Founded 1874)
Chapter Xcv - The Theosophical Society (Founded 1875)
Chapter Xcvi - Primitive And Original Phremasons (Swedenborgian Rite) (Founded 1876)
Chapter Xcvii - The National Land League (Founded 1879)
Chapter Xcviii - The Russellites Or The International Bible Students (Founded 1879)
Chapter Xcix - The Invincibles (Founded 1881)
Chapter C - Societe Theosophique D'orient Et D'occident (Founded 1882)
Chapter Ci - Grand Lamaistic Order Of Light (Fratres Lucis) (Founded 1882)
Chapter Cii - The Ahmadiyyah Sect (Founded 1882)
Chapter Ciii - Co-Masonry (Ancient And Accepted Scottish Rites)
Chapter Civ - Knights Of Columbus (Founded 1882)
Chapter Cv - Christian Science (Founded 1883)
Chapter Cvi - The Fabian Society (Founded 1883)
Chapter Cvii - Gaelic Athletic Association (Founded 1884)
Chapter Cviii - Hermetic Society (Founded 1884)
Chapter Cix - Order Of The Golden Dawn In The Outer (Founded 1888)
Chapter Cx - Modern Illuminism Ancient Order Of Oriental Templars (Ordo Templi Orientis)
Chapter Cxi - Theosophical Society Of America (Founded 1895)
Chapter Cxii - Irish Socialist Republican Party (Founded 1896)
Associations Of The 20th Century
Chapter Cxiii - The Young Turk Movement (Founded 1900)
Chapter Cxiv - The Amsterdam International (Founded 1901)
Chapter Cxv - Stella Matutina (Founded 1903)
Chapter Cxvi - Sinn Fein (Founded 1905)
Chapter Cxvii - The Honourable Fraternity Of Antient Masonry (Female Lodges) (Founded 1908)
Chapter Cxviii - Federal Council Of The Churches Of Christ In America (Founded 1908)
Chapter Cxix - Sufism (Occidental) (Founded 1910)
Chapter Cxx - Narodna Odbrana (Founded 1911)
Chapter Cxxi - The Anthroposophical Society (Founded 1913)
Chapter Cxxii - Friends Of Irish Freedom (Founded 1915)
Chapter Cxxiii - The Knights Of The Ku-Klux Klan (Founded 1915)
Chapter Cxxiv - Sinn Fein In America (Founded 19)7)
Chapter Cxxv - The Third International (Communist International) (Founded 1919)
Chapter Cxxvi - The Fascisti (Founded 1919)
Chapter Cxxvii - American Prohibition - The Anti-Saloon League. (1920)
Chapter Cxxviii - The American Civil Liberties Union (Founded 1920)
Chapter Cxxix - The V. V. V. - Vereinigung Vergewaltigter Völker. (Founded 1920)
Chapter Cxxx - Juvenile Freemasonry (Founded 1920)
Chapter Cxxxi - The League Of Nations (Founded 1920)
Chapter Cxxxii - Tenri Kenjukai (Founded Around 1920)
Chapter Cxxxiii - Buchmanism (Founded In 1928)
Chapter Cxxxiv - The Rackets (Founded 1928)
Chapter Cxxxv - The New History Society (Founded 1930)
Chapter Cxxxvi - The Youth Peace Federation (Founded 1930)
Chapter Cxxxvii - The International Bank (Founded 1930)
Appendix I - To Modern Illuminism
Ordo Templi Orientis
Liber Cxciv In The Book Of Equinox
Occult Theocracy, E. Queenborough
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THIS BOOK makes no claim to literary merit. It is simply a work of research and documentation, giving evidence and facts which I trust will help the reader in drawing his own conclusions. In the course of my researches as an international political investigator into the causes of social unrest, I have probed the depths of infamy which now surrounds, not ours only, but also the next generation, whose right to lead a decent life should be as good as was ours. As a woman of the world I have witnessed things the existence of which I did not suspect and I have realised that, due to my " protected " position in life, they should never have been expected to have come to my knowledge. Let me tell every woman, however much " protected", whether Dairymaid or Duchess, that the safeguards which she imagines to be thrown around herself are but a mirage of the past. Her own and her children's future are at the mercy of those " forces " the activities of which it has been my business, for the last ten years, to follow as one of a group of investigators.
Today, most of the good people are afraid to be good. They strive to be broadminded and tolerant! It is fashionable to be tolerant — but mostly tolerant of evil — and this new code has reached the proportions of demanding intolerance of good. The wall of resistance to evil has thus been broken down and no longer affords protection to those who, persecuted by evil doers, stand in need of it.
Worse still, there are cases wherein virtuous people's good name is relentlessly " filched from them ", but no effort will be made by the presumed good people to rally to their defence. Happy are they if they themselves can discover the cause of their ruin, materiel or moral, either partial or total.
In offering this book to the public, I have endeavoured to expose some of the means and methods used by a secret world, one might almost say an underworld, to penetrate, dominate and destroy not only the so-called upper classes, but also the better portion of all classes. There are those who feel confident that if they refrain from joining any society or group and avoid entanglements, no harm can befall them. To such, let me say that situations can be, and are, created for innocent dupes every day and wrecked homes are the direct result. Neither fortune nor a blameless life led, as it were, in an island of strict virtue in the midst of a tumultuous sea of evil, spells security.
Irrefutable evidence of a particular example of underworld tyranny has come into my possession. The victim's guilt was her reluctance to step from virtue into the mire of evil which surrounded her. Moreover she was intolerant of evil and sought to oppose and destroy it. The case of her persecution at the hands of her foes is complete. She belonged to what is termed Society as did also some of the other actors in this bewildering drama. The world, social, financial, legal and, shall we say also, the underworld, leaving to this word its generally accepted literal meaning, knows them. So many Jekylls and Hydes stalk about unsuspectingly in our midst!
From such an example I have been led to the conclusion that, among others, three factors can help one from being completely destroyed by the combined forces of that " underworld ": a flawless life, independent means and real friends, all three of which must be backed by a fearless determination to fight evil on all points of the Masonic compass.
In these days when apparently vice triumphs and virtue must be penalized, it may be well for all of us to fight the undertow by which our children may be dragged under and must of necessity perish. Vice rings and secret societies form but one vortex into which youth is drawn and destroyed whilst the " good people ", because of their ignorance, look on helplessly in despair.
It is for their instruction that this book has been written. Its compilation has taken several years and, had it not been for the generous efforts of one of my friends, Mme de Shishmareff, and of several other persons, I would never have been able to complete the task which I set out to accomplish.
What must concern us all now is the protection of decency or, in other words — Equal rights — for such as are not vice adepts.
This book is not complete. It will never be complete, but for the present it must remain as a study of the root conditions which have led to present day subversive upheavals and the overthrow of the principles of Christian civilization.
" My final work is a word of warning to American women: Keep away from the Swamis, the Yogis, the traveling teaching men. You would need no such bidding if, for an instant, you guessed the truth. In your good faith, in your eager minded receptivity of high-sounding doctrine, in your hunger for colour, romance, glamour, and dreams come true, you expose yourself, all unsuspecting, to things that, if you knew them, would kill you dead with unmerited shame. "
Katherine Mayo in Why I wrote Mother India.
Man is a creature of mind and matter. To the realm of mind belongs metaphysical thought which, whether trained or untrained, is peculiar to each individual and is subject for its development or restraint to his will. It is the basis of religion in the generally accepted sense of this word; it is purely spiritual and can reach the height of mysticism. From it issue creeds or doctrines and the erection of a theological system of beliefs.
Imparted to other individuals and accepted by them, the metaphysical thought of a few great minds has become the basis of religious systems. Upon its teaching was grafted a Ritual or Law, disciplining the life, mystic, moral, social and even physical, of its adherents or believers. From the exercise of such laws, theocracy or the rule of priesthood was evolved. It is to be found in every religion regardless of the fact that in some instances like in the Buddhist doctrine of Gautama and in the teaching of Jesus Christ, nothing is further removed than ritualism from the metaphysical thought or religious conception of the founders.
The power of theocracy or exercise of government rule over the masses by a hierarchy of priests or adepts rested on its dual system of teaching, namely; Exoterism and Esoterism, the former a code of discipline of the thought and mode of life of the masses, the latter the hierarchic school wherein were trained the chosen adepts destined to safeguard the rules imposed upon the people by the high priests.
Upon a close study of the manifold religious systems, the corruption of which led to theocratic rule, namely, Brahminism, the Ancient Egyptian Cult, Mosaism or Judaism, Christianism and Mahometanism, one finds the accepted belief of Monotheism as the basis of esoteric or secret belief or doctrine. Monotheism is here taken in the sense of First Principle.
Whereas the Egyptian high priesthood of Memphis kept this theory as the esoteric teaching of the high adepts, Moses, brought up as one of them, gave it as exoteric or popular belief to the Israelitic sect to which he belonged, embodying it in a deity, the terrible Jehovah of the Jews.
Another side of the esoteric teaching was that of occultism, the development of all human psychic forces which, when misused, lead to the practice of magic. The esoteric part of all religions or hermeticism, the teaching and practice of occultism, led to the development of what might be termed the religion of the secret, which eventually overshadowed and helped to dissimulate subversive activities.
It is with this that we are chiefly concerned and will endeavour, to some degree, to show its baneful influence on society of all creeds and nations. Let the reader bear in mind that it is not the object of this work to discuss the place occupied and the part played by either Metaphysics and Philosophy on the one hand, and Science and Ritualism on the other. The limitations of each and its encroachment upon the territory of the others, the ensuing conflicts, are matter for the history of fanaticism throughout the ages. Our aim is to follow the outgrowth of Esoterism and a few of its multiple ramifications in the realm of perversion and subversion.
A summary and some explanation of the principal forms of occultism must precede the chapters which deal with the historical side of this subject, and the objections, those of the credulous as well as those of the sceptics, must be foreseen and forestalled. Many persons are tempted to deny, arbitrarily and without examination, statements on matters of which they have no previous knowledge, but even the possible criticism of such as these must have received due consideration.
In this age of wireless and aeroplanes, one of the fads of the modern highbrow is to scoff at such things as sorcerers, magic and evocations as old wives' tales. Tales of ancient history! There are people who refuse to believe in the existence of the supernatural, perhaps we should say supernormal, even when confronted with the evidence. Such are the sceptics who deny everything. Hidebound in their prejudice, they ignore the fact that magic, White or Black, has now as many adepts as ever, nor can they distinguish between the different schools of spiritism.
First, there are the charlatans whose tricks in the line of Spiritism are generally sooner or later unmasked.
Second, there are the Occultists who operate in secrecy and hide their meetings from all but initiates with the greatest care.
Many persons are duped by charlatans, so the sceptics persuade themselves of the absolute non-existence of all diabolical practices in modern times. They are wrong. For Occultism flourishes now in Europe, Asia, and America. The Black Mass is said today in Paris and London, and Satanism has its faithful followers. On this subject one of the most eminent writers was Carl Hackse, who, under the pseudonym of Dr. Bataille, made an extensive study of Occultism and gave his extremely exaggerated views of it in the book Le Diable au XIX' Siècle.
The following pages of this chapter are mostly either quotations or abridgements from that work:
" According to the teaching of the Christian churches, God allows demons certain limited powers, but they are not permitted to open the gates of hell and release a spirit at the request of one who evokes the dead. The dead, even damned, will not show themselves if evoked, nor would evocations be answered by those who had succeeded in attaining the kingdom of heaven, but devils can and do, says the Church, substitute themselves for the deceased. They will impersonate a dead person whose appearance is demanded by invocations.
" It is also admitted that the fallen angels or spirits will often manifest to people without being called. The theological hagiographa cite many cases of diabolical apparitions to saints, apparitions which these saints have been able to repel and conquer... but what sceptics and agnostic Christians alike ignore is that besides the drawing room mediums, mediums for diversion, there are occultists whose vile practices are veiled in the profoundest mystery. These men, whose moral sense is absolutely perverted, believe in Lucifer, but they believe him to be the equal of God and worship him secretly. "
Modern Occultism is on the one hand practical Cabala and on the other, Indian Yogism, both of which have always had their adepts more or less openly.
The Cabala is Occult Science itself. It is the secret theology of the initiates, theology essentially Satanic. In a word the counter-theology. Our God, the God of the Christians, is the power of evil in the eyes of the Cabalists; and for them the power of good, the real God, is Lucifer.
" The Cabala teaches magic or the art of intercourse with spirits and supernatural beings.
" One cannot be a convinced Cabalist without soon becoming a magician and devoting oneself to the practices of occultism.
" Not that our Cabalists or contemporary magicians practise all the different branches of occultism. Some of these have been abandoned and others are only used by charlatans for the exploitation of superstitious persons, but a great many, precisely the most criminal and perverse, are observed in the hidden dens of our modern Luciferians. "
Magic has two divisions:
The first is divining magic, subdivided into several branches of which the principal are:
The second is operative magic, also subdivided into several branches of which the principal are:
Various miraculous feats
There are moreover some superstitious practices not specially classed.
Bataille thus defines some of the foregoing:
Astrology. — Divining the future by the stars. The casting of horoscopes is its most prevalent practice.
Palmistry. — Divining the future by the hand.
Anthropomancy. — This is one of the practices supposed at present to have fallen into disuse. It is a horrible, savage abomination and consists in disembowelling a human being for the purpose of divining the future by inspection of the entrails.
Mediaeval history accuses Gilles de Retz of perpetrating this crime on children, whom he lured to his castle for the purpose. Tacitus says that the Druids, in ancient Britain, used to consult their Gods by looking into the entrails of their captives.
Oneirocritics. — Divining the future through interpretation of dreams.
Aeromancy. — Divination by the study of aerial phenomena.
Hydromancy. — Divination by the study of liquids or aquatic phenomena.
Pyromancy. — Divination by fire.
Cartomancy. — Divination by cards.
There is no need to expatiate further on the more or less grotesque means employed by those who follow these false sciences. One must be somewhat erratic to imagine that the future can be foretold by coffee grounds, by the antics of flames in a grate, by the order in which shuffled cards will be drawn, or by the odd shapes assumed by wind-driven clouds! When events corroborate predictions made under these conditions, it can be attributed to the use of the power of clairvoyance, but these fortune tellers, some of whom have a thorough knowledge of the rules governing the practices of these absurdities, are the first to distrust their art.
Such expedients, disdained by the real occultists, are too unimportant to be worthy of note. It is quite another matter to expose the Satanists, ignored by the public, whose sects, bearing different names in different countries, constitute, in reality, only one, single, secret religion whose fanatics, imbued with the spirit of evil, will sacrifice themselves blindly to their cause.
Throughout the universe, all Luciferian and Satanic rites bear a basic similarity.
Dealing principally with the practices of contemporary operative magic, it is Bataille's opinion that as regards the mysterious art of Alchemy, its theory is called Hermetic Science and has a double objective, namely, the discovery of the philosopher's stone, a substance capable of transmuting base metals into gold and drinkable gold, or the Elixir of long life which is a magic potion endowed with the properties necessary to prolong human life indefinitely or, at least, to maintain in old age the faculties of youth. Alchemy as a science seems now obsolete.
The Alchemists knew the existence of microbes and toxins long before the medical discoveries of the present age. The laboratories of Satanic bacteriology have been working, for a long time, on cultures of bacilli or solutions of their toxic properties which, even when administered in infinitesimal doses, mixed with food or drink, disseminate disease and death where it is judged necessary by the " Masters " that life is to be destroyed. In these cases deaths occur from apparently natural causes!
He further says that Magnetic Mesmerism is the occult medicine of the Cabalists. One must naturally not confuse the scientists who are at present making researches in hypnotism and suggestion, in the interest of science, with the emulators of Cagliostro whose aim is to procure diversions, often wicked and immoral. Scientific magnetism is still an obscure question being studied by theologians, physiologists and criminologists, whereas that of the adepts of magic has nothing to do with this; it is a branch of the subterranean work that is nearing its goal today.
Necromancy is partly divining magic and partly operative magic. This practice consists in the evocation of the spirits of the dead. Spiritism and rapping of tables are necromancy, but if all spiritists are not necessarily Cabalists, all Cabalists are practicing necromancy. People are far from suspecting the progress made by necromancy along these lines. Freemasonry is yearly more and more invaded by the spiritist element to the extent that, in 1889, an international convention of spiritist Freemasons attended by about 500 delegates was held at the Hotel of the Grand Orient of France, rue Cadet, Paris.
This was only a beginning!
Eliphas Levi, a renowned occultist of the 19th century, writing in Histoire de la Magie, in the following words, sounds a warning to those who, recklessly, would venture into the domain of the occult.
" The experiences of theurgy and necromancy are always disastrous to those who indulge in them. When one has once stood on the threshold of the other world one must die and almost invariably under terrible conditions. First giddiness, then catalepsy followed by madness. It is true that the atmosphere is disturbed, the woodwork cracks and doors tremble and groan in the presence of certain persons, after a series of intoxicating acts. Weird sounds, sometimes bloody signs, will appear spontaneously on paper or linen. They are always the same and are classed by magicians as Diabolical writings. The very sight of them induces a state of convulsion or ecstasy in the mediums who believe themselves to be seeing spirits. Thus Satan, the Spirit of Evil, is transfigured for them into an angel of light but, before they will manifest, these so-called spirits require sympathetic excitement produced by sexual intercourse on the part of their devotees. Hands must be placed in hands, feet on feet, they must breathe in each other's faces, these acts often being followed by others of an obscene character. The initiates, revelling in these forms of excesses believe themselves to be the elect of God and the arbiters of destiny. They are the successors of the fakirs of India. No warning will save them.
" To cure such illnesses, the priests of Greece used to terrify their patients by concentration and exaggeration of the evil in one great paroxysm. They made the adept sleep in the cave of Trophonius. After some preliminary preparations, he descended to a subterranean cavern in which he was left without light soon to be prostrated by intoxicating gases. Then the visionary, still in the throes of ghastly dreams caused by incipient asphyxia, was rescued, being carried off prophesying on his tripod. These tests gave their nervous systems such a shock that the patients never dared mention evocations of phantoms again.
" Theurgy is the highest degree of occultism. Necromancy is limited to the summoning of dead souls, but the Theurgists of the nineteenth century evoke entities qualified by them as genii, angels of light, exalted spirits, spirits of fire etc. In their meetings, scattered throughout the world, they worship Lucifer. The three mysterious letters J... B... M..., that the common initiates see in the Masonic Temples, are reproduced in the meeting rooms of the Luciferians, but they no longer mean Jakin, Bohaz, Mahabone, as in the Lodges, nor Jacques Bourguignon Molay, as with the Knights Kadosch; in Theurgy these three letters mean; Jesus Bethlemitus Maledictus. Theurgy is therefore pure Satanism. "
" Moreover it is important to note that the Cabalists, admitted to the mysteries of Theurgy, never mention the word Satan. They look upon certain dissident adepts who invoke the devil under the name of Satan as heretics, whose system they call Goety or Black Magic. They call their own practices Theurgy or White Magic. " '
Between these two types of Devil worshippers, the Luciferian occultists and the Satanists, there is a difference which must not be overlooked.
Luciferians never call their infernal master " Spirit of Evil" or " Father and Creator of Crime ". Albert Pike even forbade the use of the word Satan under any circumstances.
There is indeed a distinction between the Satanists and Luciferians. The Satanists, described by Mr. Huysmans in his book. La Bas, are chiefly persons mentally deranged by the use and abuse of drugs who, while suffering from a peculiar form of hysteria, accuse the God of the Christians of having betrayed the cause of humanity. They are persons who recognize that their God Satan occupies a position in the supernatural sphere, inferior to that of the Christian deity. On the other hand the Luciferians or the initiates of kindred rites, while still labouring under a strange delusion, act deliberately and glorify Lucifer as the principle of good. To them he is the equal of the God of the Christians whom they describe as the principle of evil.
It is necessary to recognize the distinction which exists between Luciferians and Satanists, for their two cults bear each other no resemblance, although Lucifer-Satan manifests indiscriminately to his faithful followers of both denominations. One must not, however, imagine that the pride and satisfaction he derives from this adulation acts as an inducement to making him appear whenever he is called! Occultists of all schools agree that nothing is more capricious than the conduct of spirits when evoked!
It is well moreover to remember that Luciferian occultism is no novelty, nor must one make the mistake of confusing it with ordinary Freemasonry, the Lodges of which are only private clubs.
Many authors have published books on Freemasonry, some printing the rituals, some their personal observations on certain facts, but few of these authors, having themselves passed into occult masonry, the real masonry of the Cabalistic degrees which is in touch with all secret societies. Masonic as well as non-Masonic, have been able to state that Luciferian Occultism controls Freemasonry.
Though this is indeed the case, neither the President of the Council of the Order of the Grand Orient of France, the supreme chief of French Freemasonry, nor the president of the Supreme Council of Scottish Rites will be received at the meeting of a simple Luciferian ceremony just on account of his title and dignity unless, at the same time, he possesses a diploma of Cabalistic grade which requires another initiation. On the other hand, the first Oddfellow from Canada, a member of the Chinese San-ho-hui of China, a Luciferian Fakir from India, all these can visit at their pleasure all lodges and inner shrines of ordinary Freemasonry in all countries because, in each one of the Satanic sects, the directing authority is exercised by heads who belong to the most exalted masonic degrees of the different rites, degrees which are for them of secondary importance. These chiefs, at the request of their subordinates of the Luciferian societies, deliver to them freely the diplomas necessary to obtain admittance everywhere, as well as the sacred words and yearly and half yearly pass-words of all the masonic rites of the globe.
Luciferian Occultism, as has been said before, is therefore not a novelty, but it bore a different name in the early days of Christianity. It was called Gnosticism and its founder was Simon the Magician.
The Gnostics were not ordinary heretics but constituted an anti-christian sect. To deceive the multitude, they affected disagreement with certain doctrines of the Apostles, and the chiefs selected from among the initiates those destined to receive, in secret council, the Satanic revelation. Gnosticism is marked with the seal of Lucifer. It is contemporary with the Apostle Peter and has continued, without interruption, down to the present day, periodically changing its mask.
The seven founders of Freemasonry were all Gnostics, Magi of the English Rose Croix, whose names were: Theophile Desaguliers, named Chaplain of the Prince of Wales by George II, Anderson, the clergyman, an Oxford graduate and preacher to the King of England, George Payne, James King, Calvert, Lumden-Madden, and Elliott.
Gnosticism, as the Mother of Freemasonry, has imposed its mark in the very centre of the chief symbol of this association. The most conspicuous emblem which one notices on entering a masonic temple, the one which figures on the seals, on the rituals, everywhere in fact, appears in the middle of the interlaced square and compass, it is the five pointed star framing the letter G. Different explanations of this letter G are given to the initiates. In the lower grades, one is taught that it signifies Geometry. To the brothers frequenting the lodges admitting women as members, it is revealed that the mystic letter means Generation, but the revelation is attended with great secrecy. Finally, to those found worthy to penetrate into the sanctuary of Knights Kadosch, the enigmatic letter becomes the initial of the doctrine of the perfect initiates which is Gnosticism. This explanation is no longer an imaginary fabrication. It is Gnosticism which is the real meaning of the G in the flamboyant star, for, after the grade of Kadosch (a Hebrew word meaning consecrated) the Freemasons dedicate themselves to the glorification of Gnosticism (or anti-christianity) which is defined by Albert Pike as " the soul and marrow of Freemasonry. "
Let us add that the ancient mysteries of Gnosticism have been known and published in the past. There is no difference between the Gnosticism of the early ages of Christianity and modern occultism.
The fundamental principle of Gnosticism was the double divinity (dual principle) and this is exactly the theological theory of modern occultism. The Gnostics claimed that the good God was Lucifer and that Christ was the devil, that what the Christians call vice was for them virtue, and to the Christian dogma they opposed Gnosticism, a word meaning human knowledge.
Early Gnosticism had its doctors; the Basilideans, Ophites and Valentinians. Basilide of Alexandria, one of them, lived at the end of the first century. He taught metempsychosis and the principles underlying present-day Theosophy. His system resembles that of the spiritists of the nineteenth century who have invented nothing, for they copy Gnosticism even in its theory of the transmigration of souls. Basilide affirmed that he was the reincarnation of Plato. Whoever has penetrated into assemblies of modern theurgists can attest that one of its current theories is that of reincarnation.
After Basilide came Montanus who died in 212. Montanus was a grand master of the art of divination. The Bite of Mizraim (a Freemasonry said to be Egyptian) copies slavishly, in its Cabalistic grades, all the phantasmagoria of Montanus. This Gnostic doctor plunged himself into ecstasies and, according to history, he had two women, Maximilla and Priscilla, trained to act as his accomplices. The Gnostics came in crowds to admire their contortions worthy of epileptics. They had the sacred illness, and were considered two saints of Satan. In the assemblies of the sect, when they went into frenzies and prophesied, their oracular sayings were listened to with veneration by the adepts.
Were they acting a part, were they just mediums or somnambulists, or were they what the Roman Catholics call " possessed "?
This is a hard question to answer.
A modern example of the influence exercised by occult organizations on the destinies of mankind is to be found in the history of The Holy Alliance, founded in 1815 by Alexander 1, Emperor of Russia. This was originally a union of monarchs pledged to support the Christian Church and to stem the rising tide of radicalism, revolution and subversion.
In L'Histoire de la Magie (p. 467), Eliphas Levi states that the spiritist sect of " The Rescuers of Louis XVI ", wishing to penetrate this organization to use it for their own purposes, succeeded in insinuating one of their illumines into the good graces of the Czar. This was Madame Bouche, known to the adepts as Sister Salome. After eighteen months spent at the Russian Court, during which she had many secret interviews with the Emperor, she was supplanted by another medium-somnambulist of the sect, the famous Madame de Krudner who acquired so great an influence over the Czar that his ministers became alarmed at the situation thus created.
Levi thus describes the fall of the favorite;
" One day, as the emperor was leaving her, she barred his passage crying ' God reveals to me that your life is in great danger. An assassin is in the palace. ' The Emperor, alarmed, caused the palace to be searched and a man, armed with a dagger, was found. He confessed, when questioned, that he had been introduced into the palace by Madame de Krudner herself. '
One wonders if the whole affair was not simply the result of a clever intrigue calculated to get rid of the prophetess. As such it was singularly successful for Madame de Krudner was summarily banished from the Russian Court.
In De la Maçonnerie Occulte (pp. 87-88), J. M. Ragon tells us that " science counts four kinds of Somnambulism: The natural, the symptomatic, the magnetic and the ecstatic.
" Natural and symptomatic somnambulism are two essentially different states, one occurring only at night, the other by day as well as by night. The conduct of the subject is different under the two conditions.
" Magnetic and ecstatic somnambulism differ from one another insomuch as the one is commanded (willed) and the other is not. The first is artificial, the other natural. In the first, the subject is dependent; in the second, he acts independently. That is why induced somnambulism cures the natural when substituted for it.
" A lucid somnambulist bears no more resemblance to a man asleep than he does to an active man awake ".
When the Gnostics practised magic, they evoked the spirits of the dead exactly as do the occultists of today. Dawning Christianity was prolific in miracles so, in order to fight it, the disciples of Gnosticism had recourse to diabolical marvels. In this respect, are not contemporaneous spiritists, with their rapping tables and apparitions. Gnostics under another name?
Secret Gnostic meetings lead to depravity, as the adepts indulge in every kind of turpitude and obscenity, often under the influence of drugs such as Indian Hemp (Cannabis indica) or Opium, the medicinal properties of which, when administered under certain conditions, are provocative of mediumistic phenomena.
Thus debauched, their moral sense weakened, initiates are ready to work. They work, they fall, and, as they fall the Occult power grasps its prey. Their life, henceforth, is subject to the will of the Hidden Masters who, according to their secret designs, will lead their slaves to power, or a semblance of power, or else to their downfall. To use the words of " Inquire Within " in Light-bearers of Darkness (p. 118) ... " These masters
— doubtless identical with the terrible power behind the horrors of Russia's sufferings and World Revolution
— have in reality no interest in soul or astral development, except as a means of forming passive illuminised tools, completely controlled in mind and actions. " '
" Inquire Within " further suggests that there is " a group of flesh-and-blood men, who can form etheric links, from any distance, with the leaders of these societies and who secretly work by means of that light which can ' slay or make alive ', intoxicating, blinding, and, if need be, destroying unwary men and women, using them as instruments or ' Light-bearers ' to bring to pass this mad and evil scheme of World Dominion by the God-People — the Cabalistic Jew. "
A further explanation of the phenomenon of induced mediumship is given us by the same author who quotes the following lines from Eliphas Levi's History of Magic:
" This may take place when, through a series of almost impossible exercises... our nervous system, having been habituated to all tensions and fatigues, has become a kind of living galvanic pile, capable of condensing and projecting powerfully that Light (astral) which intoxicates and destroys.
" Inquire Within " comments further:
" It attempts to show that it leads to mastership and self control, but on careful consideration it proves to be merely conscious mediumship inspired by crafty and wilful deception, giving the adept a false confidence, inducing him to let go his physical senses and work upon the astral, where, enclosed by formulae given by these masters themselves, he is completely at their mercy. "
A recent practical illustration of these methods is the teaching contained in a book Asia Mysteriosa by Zam Bhotiva, (published by Dorbon Aine) which suggests ways and means of communication with the " Hidden Masters ".
It will be recognised by anyone having taken an interest in the progress of science along certain lines that there is nothing impossible or even improbable in the suggestion that telepathy may be exploited by organisations for their own particular ends.
Forty years ago William Gay Hudson wrote on telepathy as follows:
If the power exists in man to convey a telepathic message to his fellow-man, it presupposes the existence of the power in the percipient to repeat the message to a third person, and so on indefinitely, until some one receives it who has the power to elevate the information above the threshold of his consciousness, and thus convey it to the objective intelligence of the world. Nor is the element of time necessarily an adverse factor in the case; for there is no reason to suppose that such messages may not be transmitted from one to another for generations. Thus, the particulars of a tragedy might be revealed many years after the event, and in such a way as to render it difficult, if not impossible, to trace the line through which the intelligence was transmitted. For the spiritist the easy and ever-ready explanation of such a phenomenon is to ascribe it to the intervention of spirits of the dead. But to those who have kept pace with the developments of modem scientific investigation, and who are able to draw the legitimate and necessary conclusions from the facts discovered, the explanation is obvious, without the necessity of entering the domain of the supernatural. "
On the subject of Hypnotism and Crime, Hudson, writing further, reaches however a fatally false conclusion which for many years remained unchallenged. He states (p. 140) " It is true that, on ordinary questions, the truth is always uppermost in the subjective mind. A hypnotic subject will often say, during the hypnotic sleep, that which he would not say in his waking moments. Nevertheless, he never betrays a vital secret... That this is true is presumptively proved by the fact that in all the years during which the science of hypnotism has been practised, no one has ever been known to betray the secrets of any society or order. The attempt has often been made, but it has never succeeded. "
Hudson attributes this reticence to auto-suggestion opposing the suggestion of another. This however is not the case, for, where a member of a secret society or order is concerned, that member was already hypnotized during initiation and it is not his will that guards the secret," it is the will of another, the will of the Lodge.
How many people know that hypnotism is about all there is to initiation? Hypnotism and fear. The rest is camouflage.
In the event of this statement being doubted, we quote herewith from Freemasonry Universal an article which needs no further comment: ''
" The Stewards prepare the candidate; the Tyler first, and afterwards in turn the I. G., Deacons and Junior Wardens should inspect the candidate to see that everything is strictly correct.
" The preparation symbolises poverty, blindness (or ignorance) and poverty of spirit, — but it may also signify a purification, i.e., that the riches and pleasures which bind one to the material side of life are discarded and the spirit blinded to their attractions. The baring of the right arm, left breast, left knee and right heel being slipshod, are apparently a reference to the awakening of occult centres in one's being which may only become active when purification of the whole nature has begun.
" The very specific character of the preparation points to real knowledge of the occult physiology of the process of initiation on the part of those who originated the method which has been so faithfully preserved. Certain Forces are sent through the candidate's body during the ceremony, especially at the moment when he is created, received and constituted an Entered Apprentice Freemason. Certain parts of the Lodge have been very heavily charged with magnetic force especially in order that the Candidate may absorb as much as possible of this force. The first object of this curious method of preparation is to expose to this influence those various parts of the body which are especially used in the ceremony. In ancient Egypt, there was another reason for these preparations, for a weak current of physical electricity was sent through the candidate by means of a rod or sword with which he was touched at certain points. It is partly on this account that at this first initiation the candidate is deprived of all metals since they may very easily interfere with the flow of the currents. "
All kinds of nice inspiring symbolical interpretations of the ritual are generally given for the benefit of people who seem to want them, but it is here evident that the candidate, unknown to himself or herself, has acted throughout the ceremony of initiation under the stress of hypnotism. No longer a free agent, the initiate takes the oath under hypnotic force which, has also been used to instil into him the feeling of fear. Fear guards the secret of initiation, fear born under the power of hypnotism to serve henceforth as the controlling agent of the initiators over the initiated.
The Right Worshipful Master must be a genuine occultist, as it is up to him to charge (hypnotise) the candidate, for to give this in the words of Freemasonry Universal: " The R. W. M. gives the light, the pure white light of truth and illumination. "
Illumination, alias Kundalini, alias Serpent power, alias Electro-magnetic force, alias the Sex force, etc.!
Even in our western world any one wishing to study Hatha Yoga can learn to neutralize the action of gravity and go some yards up in the air. This stunt, and the assumption of any size at will, are tricks for which training is essential, and if one works at it hard enough, one will eventually be able to mesmerise people for one's own purposes, business, political or other, thus following the lure of the occult to a sinister end i.e. Black Magic.
We would here observe that the miracles performed by Jesus Christ bore a distinctive feature, often overlooked, namely, that in every case altruism was the source of their inspiration. Thus they were a symbol of charity.
This gives us the esoteric explanation of His silence when taunted on the cross. " He saved others, himself he cannot save. " Sooner than use this power for personal advantage He chose death!
Gnostic miracles, such as that of being buried alive for a period of time which constitutes the Hindu religious rites of Samadhi have no ulterior charitable purpose. They are chiefly performed for the object of creating wonderment, curiosity or faith in magic, and as such, failing the altruistic motive, are classifiable under the general term of Black Magic.
As a stimulus to popular faith, they are, however, sanctioned by most Pagan religions, though where such a custom prevails, the magical performers themselves are not privileged to withhold their gains for themselves, as these are claimed by the Temple.
Having dealt with the preliminaries of the subject, we will now proceed along the thorny paths of history — not the history of wars, battles, heroes, but that of the agents of their being!
For a brief study of Brahminism, the religion practised in India, we can hardly do better than quote from the work of such recognized authorities as Messrs. Stillson and Hughan. ' In attempting to trace the origin of Brahminism, they make the following observations;
" After being conquered by the Cuthites under Rama, the son of Cush, referred to in Genesis x, 2, 7, the Mysteries of the Deluge were introduced. The worship soon became divided into two sects. We are not fully apprised when was first introduced the Brahminic system, composed of Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, constituting the Trimurti... one branch of which was mild and benevolent, and addressed to Vishnu, the Preserver, while the other proclaimed the superiority of Siva, who was called the Destroyer and the representative of terror and penance, barbarity and blood; in Egypt, represented by Typhon.
" These Mysteries, whatever may have been their origin, or for what purposes they were then instituted, were certainly a corruption of the original worship of the one Deity. They bore a direct reference to the happiness of Man in Paradise, where he was first placed; his subsequent deviations and transgressions, and the destruction of the race by the general deluge... The great cavern of Elephanta, perhaps the most ancient temple in the world made by man, in which these rites were performed and remaining to the present day, is an evidence of the magnitude of that system...
" The caverns of Salsette, of which there are three hundred, all have within them carved and emblematic characters. The different ranges of apartments are connected by open galleries, and only by private entrances could the most secret caverns, which contained the ineffable symbols, be approached, and so curiously contrived as to give the highest effect upon the neophytes when in the ceremonial of initiation. A cubical cisia, used for the periodical sepulture of the aspirant, was located in the most secret recesses of the cavern. The consecrated water of absolution was held in a carved basin in every cavern, and on the surface floated the flowers of the lotus. The Linga or Phallus appeared everywhere most conspicuous, and oftentimes in situations too disgusting to be mentioned...
" Sacrifices to the sun, to the planets, and to household gods, were made accompanied with ablutions of water, purifications with dung and urine of the cow. This last was because the dung was the medium by which the soil was made fertile and reminded them of the doctrine of ' Corruption and reproduction ' taught in the worship of Siva. "
An initiation is thus described:
" Amidst all the confusion, a sudden explosion was heard, which was followed by a dead silence. Flashes of brilliant light were succeeded by darkness. Phantoms and shadows of various forms, surrounded by rays of light, flitted across the gloom. Some with many hands, arms, and legs; others without them; sometimes a shapeless trunk, then a human body with the head of a bird, or beast, or a fish; all manner of incongruous forms and bodies were seen, and all calculated to excite terror in the mind of the postulant.
" A gorgeous appearance, with unnumbered heads, each having a crown set with resplendent jewels, one of which excelled the others; his eyes gleamed like flaming torches, but his neck, his tongues and his body were black; the skirts of his garments were yellow, and sparkling jewels hung in all of his ears; his arms were extended, and adorned with bracelets, and his hands bore the holy shell; the radiated weapon, the war mace, and the sacred lotus. This image represented Mahadeva"" himself, in his character of the Destroyer. "
Among other learned authorities, writing on these subjects, is Jacolliot who gives the following description of perverted Brahminism:
" The study of philosophic truth does not relieve the Nirvanys and Yogys from the necessity of the tapassas, or bodily mortifications. On the contrary, it would seem that they carry them to the greatest extremes
Everything that affects or consumes the body, everything that tends to its annihilation, without actually destroying it, is thought to be meritorious.
" Several centuries previous to the present era, however, these bodily mortifications had assumed a character of unusual severity.
" To the contemplative dreamers of the earliest ages in India, who devoted the whole of their time to meditation, and never engaged in practices involving physical suffering oftener than once a week, had succeeded a class of bigoted fanatics, who placed no limit to their religious enthusiasm, and inflicted upon themselves the most terrible tortures.
" A spiritual reaction, however, occurred, and those who had been initiated into the higher degrees took that opportunity to abandon the practice of the tapassas, or corporal mortification. They sought rather to impress the imagination of the people by excessive asceticism in opposition to the laws of nature. A profound humility, an ardent desire to live unknown by the world, and to have the divinity as the only witness to the purity of their morals, took possession of them, and though they continued the practice of excessive abstemiousness, they did so perhaps more that they might not seem to be in conflict with the formal teachings of the sacred scriptures.
" That kind of austerity is the only one now enjoined upon all classes of initiates.
" The Fakirs appear to have gradually monopolized all the old modes of inflicting pain, and have carried them to the greatest extremes. They display the most unbounded fanaticism in their self-inflicted tortures upon all great public festivals.
" The Nirvanys live in a constant state of ecstatic contemplation, depriving themselves of sleep as far as possible, and taking food only once a week, after sunset.
" They are never visible either in the grounds or inside the temples, except on the occasion of the grand festival of fire, which occurs every five years. On that day, they appear at midnight upon a stand erected in the centre of the sacred tank. They appear like spectres, and the surrounding atmosphere is illumined by them by means of their incantations. They seem to be in the midst of a column of light rising from earth to heaven.
" The seven degrees of initiation in the sacerdotal cast of the Brahmins are:
Grihasta — or House-Master.
Pourohita — or Priest of Popular Evocations.
Fakir — Performing.
Sanyassis — or Naked Cenobites, Superior Exorcists.
Nirvanys — Naked Evocators.
Yogys — Contemplative.
Brahmatma — Supreme Chief
" Upon reaching the third degree of initiation, the Brahmins were divided into tens, and a superior Guru, or professor of the occult sciences, was placed over each decade. He was revered by his disciples as a god.
" Seventy Brahmins more than seventy years old are chosen from among the Nirvanys to see that the law of the Lotus, or the occult science, is never revealed to the vulgar, and that those who have been initiated into the sacred order are not contaminated by the admission of any unworthy person. " (Quoted from the Agrouchada-Parikchai).
" In addition to its attributes as an initiatory tribunal, the council of the elders also had charge of administering the pagoda property, from which it made provision for the wants of its members (of the three classes) who shared everything in common. It also directed the wanderings of the Fakirs, whose duty it is to give manifestations of occult power outside.
It also elected the Brahmatma from its own members.
With regard to the rise to power of the Brahmin caste in India, Mr. Jacolliot writes in Les Fils de Dieu:
" Doubtless, in the midst of this new society discontent and discord were unavoidable. Happy in the power they had secured, the chiefs of the Brahmins, however, had to consider means for preserving and insuring it against a reversal of popular favour. At this distance, it is impossible for us to judge the mental influences at work during a period covering about two thousand years, that is to say, from the day when the priests united into a kind of corporation to the time when, enjoying unchallenged authority, they published the Vedhas. This was a collection of prayers and ancient ceremonies interspersed with the texts necessary to maintaining their supremacy under the name of Manou (Sanscrit meaning: wise law giver), a new code of law which, rejecting all the ancient customs of equality and dividing the people into castes, invested the Brahmins with world power and established the dogma of the Trimourti or Trinity of God, from which eventually was to spring polytheism and a host of the most monstrous superstitions.
" This religious revolution occurred about twelve thousand years before our era, under the Brahmatma Vasichta-Richi.
" The Vedhas and Manou, collected and codified by the Brahmins were given as coming from Brahma himself, and anyone doubting the truth of this origin was liable to the penalty of death. "
As among the Ancient Egyptians the teaching of monotheism was restricted to the highest initiates alone. Jacolliot emphasises this when he writes:
" The worship of the one God or Zeus unrevealed, reserved to the priests, was forbidden to the lower classes, but three temples dedicated to the three persons of the Trimourti, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, opened their doors to the adoration of the people, all of whom were allowed to select one of the three personages of the trinity they would prefer to worship. "
This division in religious worship which eventually led to the caste system shows the power of theocratic tyranny, the Brahmins, seeking to justify the method whereby the control of the masses is vested in the hands of a few, when preaching in the pagodas, even now say: " See how logical is this system of division of the people into castes. It was formed in the likeness of the divinity, Zeus, sovereign master of all things, but taking no action himself. This is the Brahmin priest Brahma, the God who creates, who acts, who directs, that is the aristocrat or the prince; Vishnu, the God who preserves, that is the artisan, the merchant, who produces taxes, preserving and assuring the prosperity of the State by his work and industry. As for Siva, the terrible God, he keeps the Soudra (peasant) in a state of humility and obedience appropriate to his station in life.
" Another very important function appears however to have been early assigned to him, on which much more stress is laid in his (Siva) modern worship — that of destroyer — viz., the character of a generative power, symbolized in the phallic emblem (Linga) and in the sacred bull (Nandi), the favourite attendant of the god. This feature being entirely alien from the nature of the Vedic god, it has been conjectured with some plausibility, that the Linga-worship was originally prevalent among the non-Aryan population, and was thence introduced into the worship of Siva.
One of the most curious facts in the Theocratic System ruling India is that the principle of equality is evidenced only in the teaching and practice of Occultism. Members of all castes are admitted on the same footing to learn magic or fakirism and compose the class known under the name of Fakirs. This system of equality is similar to the brotherhood principle and teaching of democracy advocated in Freemasonry which was so effectively exploited in all the lodges that fomented the French Revolution.
" As all castes are admitted to the congregation of the Fakirs, the lowest of the soudras on entering it becomes the equal of the Brahmins. In spreading the belief that whosoever consented to enrol among the high initiates of the pagoda, and to die for the faith, was transported to the abode of Brahma without accomplishing further migration on earth or having to pass through hell, the Brahmins provided for an inexhaustible supply of fakirs. "
" Before entering the category of fakir, those who are destined to illustrate the ceremonies of the cults by their tortures and death, the new recruits practise the occult sciences under the direction of initiated Brahmins in the innermost recesses of the pagodas. "
While " there are indeed extraordinary phenomena in what is termed by the Brahmins occult science, there are none which cannot be explained and which are not in accordance with the law of nature. "
" To become expert in magic, like the believers in the philosophic doctrine of the Pitris, the pupil must learn, from a magician whom the sorcerers call their Guru, the formulas of evocation, by means of which the malign spirits are brought into complete subjection.
" Some of these spirits the magician evokes in preference to others, probably on account of their willingness to do anything that may be required of them. "
" An intimate connection exists between the doctrine of the ancient Jewish Cabalists and those of the Hindu votaries of the Pitris — or spirits — whose scientific book is the Agrouchada-parikchai.
" It would be impossible to enumerate the different drugs, ingredients and implements that compose the stock-in-trade of a magician. "
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