This book is the third of a series; 1 The Secret World Of Witchcraft, 2
Religious Mysteries Of The Orient, and 3 The Mysticism And Magic Of
"East is east and west is west, and never the twain shill meet." This book breaks that classic, and brings to western people the secret knowledge of the East. Thus, while the main purpose is to teach you the performance of India's wonderful magic, it provides additional rewards in giving you instructions which will enrich your life in many ways.
India is popularly known as "The Land of Magic." Tourists who visit that fabled land are fascinated with the remarkable feats of magic they see the fakirs perform in the market places, and return with tales of wonders. Scholars who have probed into oriental lore have discovered far deeper knowledge which is the real magic of India.
There are in reality two Indias, one "the surface India," which is the India the tourist finds fascinating in discovering an exotic new world of glitter and enchantment with ways of life unique to the west; and then there is "the hidden India" which was born of long past yesteryears when she was the "mother country" of magical knowledge. This is the India which is the storehouse of the ancient wisdom; this is the India which the average tourist never sees.
The Orient has always been looked upon as the great fount of inner knowledge and as the original home of the mysteries. Orders of Antiquity make reference to this realization in their ceremonies, "Look to the East, for from the East cometh light." This speaks of that ancient wisdom, and, for the seeker, in India can still be found the secrets of the ages, for the ancient wisdom continues to be treasured and the secret doctrines are taught—but by the few and to the few. This book probes those secrets.
Here is what leading authorities have to say as to the importance of these teachings:
Victor Cousin, the celebrated French writer, says, "When we read the poetical and philosophical monuments of the East, above all those of India, which are beginning to spread to western countries, we discover there many a truth, and truths so profound, and which make such a contrast with the meanness of the results at which occidental genius has sometimes stopped, that we are constrained to bend the knee before the philosophy of the East, and to see in this cradle of the human race the native land of the highest knowledge. India contains the whole history of philosophy in a nutshell."
Sir Monier Williams, of scientific fame, says, "If I may be allowed the anachronism, the Hindus were Spinozites more than two thousand years before the existence of Spinoza; and Darwinians many centuries before Darwin; and evolutionists many centuries before the doctrines of evolution had been accepted by the scientists of our time; indeed, before the word 'evolution' existed in any language in the world."
Professor E. W. Hopkins, writes, "Plato was full of Sankhyan thought, worked out by him, but taken from Pythagoras. Before the sixth century B.C. all the religious-philosophical ideas of Pythagoras were current in India. If there were but one or two of these cases, they might be set aside as accidental coincidences, but such coincidences are too numerous to be the result of chance. Neo-Platonism and Christian Gnosticism owe much to India. The Gnostic ideas go back directly to Hindu sources. Soul and Light were one in the Sankyha system, before they became so in Greece; and when they appeared united in Greece, it was by means of the thought that was borrowed from India. The famous Three Gunas of the Sankyha reappeared as the Gnostic 'Three Classes.' "
Davies says, "Kapila's System is the first formulated system of philosophy of which the world has a record. It is the earliest attempt on record to give an answer, from reason alone, to the mysterious questions which arise in every thoughtful mind about the origin of the world, the nature and relations of man, and his future destiny. The philosophy of Schopenhauer and Hartmann is a reproduction of the philosophical system of Kapila in its materialistic part, presented in a more elaborate form, but on the same fundamental lines. In this respect, the human mind has gone over the same ground that it occupied more than two thousand years ago; but on a more important question it has taken a step in retreat. Kapila recognized fully the existence of a soul in man, forming, indeed, his proper nature—the absolute of Fischte—distinct from matter and immortal; but our latest philosophy, here and in Germany, can see in man only a highly developed organization."
Hopkins says, "Both Thales and Parmenides were indeed anticipated by the Hindu sages, and the Eleatic School seems but a reflection of the Upanishads. The doctrines of Anaxamander and Heraclitus were not known first in ancient Greece."
Schlegel says, "The divine origin of man, as taught in the Vedanta, is continually inculcated to stimulate his efforts to return, to animate him in the struggle, and to incite him to consider a reunion and reincorporation with his Source as the one primary object of every action and reaction. Even the loftiest philosophy of the Europeans, the idealism of reason as it is set forth by the Greek philosophers, appears in comparison with the abundant light and vigor of oriental idealism like a feeble Promethean spark in the full heavenly glory of the noonday sun, faltering and feeble and ever ready to be extinguished."
Max Muller, the great German teacher of Orientalism, said, "The Bedanta has a unique character; unique compared with every other philosophy of the world which has not been influenced by it, directly or indirectly. None of our
philosophers, not excepting even Heraclitus, Plato, Kant, or Hegel, has ventured to erect such a spire, never frightened by storms or lightning. Stone follows upon stone, in regular succession, after once the first step has been made, after once it has been clearly seen that in the beginning there can have been but One, as there will be but One in the end, whether we call it Atman or Brahman."
Sir William Jones said, "It is impossible to read the Vedanta, or the many fine compositions in illustration of it, without believing that Pythagoras and Plato derived their sublime theories from the same fountain with the Hindu sages."
Schopenhauer said, "There is no study more beneficial to mankind than the study of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life, and it will be the solace of my death."
Such is the respect given the ancient wisdom of India by some of the greatest minds of our times, esoteric teachings worthy of our complete admiration and most careful study.
The "Vedas" are the revered Hindu Sacred Books dating back thousands of years. Some of the Vedas such as the Rig-Veda, the Yajur-Veda, and the Sama-Veda are devoted to Hindu religion and philosophy. The Atharva-Veda deals with quite another and different line of teaching, and while emanating from the same general source, it has been styled "The Veda of Magic Powers," and is instructive in the development of supernormal mental faculties, senses, and powers. There is mention made of both the high and low use of these powers;
the teaching ranges from the highest form of psychic power to the lowest form of witchcraft, sorcery, and black magic. The books composing this Veda are some twenty in number and contain recipes, formulas, rites, ceremonies, and performances for the production of psychic phenomena, magical ceremonies, invocations, evocations, enchantments, etc.; they exceed in variety and detail the better known similar writings of the ancient Hebrews and Greeks, and show with remarkable clearness how far the human mind may proceed along these lines.
Much of the high magic teaching of India has never been committed to writings by the ancient teachers, and their instruction has been carefully transmitted from teacher to pupil along many generations, over thousands of years.
In this book, I shall not attempt to set forth the philosophical teachings of the Hindus, but will devote attention entirely to instruction in the real magic of India as it is taught by oriental masters.
I open this text with a presentation of the conjuring feats of the Hindu fakirs, which the tourists see, and teach you their modus operandi. This magic is interesting, mystifying, entertaining, and is little known as it is traditionally passed down from father to son; the secrets of Hindu legerdemain being preserved within certain families. The fakir magic is knowledge that you should have, as it will serve to introduce you gradually to the true magic of the Adepts; which you will explore in this book as you plunge into an in depth study of oriental wisdom and learn of the control of the laws of nature by the hidden powers of the human mind which is the real magic of India.
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