The Interpretation Of The Vedas And Other Works Of Sacred Scriptures

Before searching the Book of the Pitris in order to see what it teaches, it may not be amiss to say a few words regarding the question of how the sacred books are to be interpreted. We deem the matter of sufficient importance to make it the subject of a separate chapter. It stands at the very threshold of our subject like a sentinel on duty. On the first palm leaf composing the second part of the work in question we find the following words written, like an inscription, with a sharply pointed...

To The Reader

THE philosophical part of our work is now ended. In a subject so vast there are many points, no doubt, that might have been more fully developed, but our main purpose has been to give a comprehensive idea of the metaphysical speculations of the Hindu initiates, and to show that their belief in spirits was only a consequence of their system relating to God and his attributes, and to the existence of the universe. In the comparison of this doctrine, which is based upon the Vedas themselves, with...

The Cabalistic Trinity

Having divided his body into two parts, the sovereign ruler became half male and half female, and uniting with the female portion, begot Viradj the son. (Manu, sloca 34, book i.) I, Viradj, desiring to give birth to the human race, first produced the Ten Pradjapatis, who are the Lords of all created beings, after having practised the greatest austerities. (Manu, sloca 34, book i.) In such terms as these, the venerable legislator of the Hindus first spake of the primitive triad, from which...

The Brahminfrom His Novitiate To His Reception Into The First Degree Of His Initiation

Taken from the Nitia-Carma, the first part of the Agrouchada-Parikchai, or book of the occult sciences of the Brahmins. The word Oupanayana signifies introduction to the study of the sciences. We give this passage of the Agrouchada in the form of verses, as it was written It is now time for the virtuous father, who possesses a son over whose head has rolled three times three years, the figure of the tutelary spirits, to perform the ceremony of the Oupanayana. He should procure vessels of gold,...

Formulas Of Magical Incantationvulgar Magic

The formulas of magical incantation, addressed to evil spirits, are kept as secret as those used in the evocation of superior spirits. They even form a part of a special book of the Agrouchada called the Agrouchada-Parikchai, treating of magicians. They are also written, as well as read, in a manner similar to that we have just described, in order to hide from the profane their real meaning. We pass them over, however, and turn our attention to the external manifestations, exorcisms, and cases...

Of The Supreme Being

Twenty-fourth dialogue of the Book of the Pitris. After giving as a text the words of the Atharva-Veda, and a few verses from Manu, which we have just quoted, the Agrouchada-Parikchai devotes the twenty-fourth lesson of the Guru to the study of the Supreme Being. The principles of cause and harmony lead human reason to the absolute notion of a superior and universal cause. He who denies this cause for the whole, says the Book of the Pitris, has no right to assign any cause to any particular...