The Formulas Of Evocation

After an examination of the part performed by the human soul, and the superior and inferior spirits, as well as by the universe, in the Great All which we call God, and, having established the ties of relationship existing between all souls, in consequence of which, those belonging to the superior groups are always ready to aid souls belonging to an inferior group with their counsel and communications, the Book of the Pitris goes on to discuss the mysterious subject of evocations. Evocations...

The Grand Council

In the present chapter we will merely give a few verses from the Agrouchada-Parikchai treating of the Supreme Council. 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. None should be chosen unless they have always practised the ten virtues, in which,...

The Degree Of Sanctity Which The Initiates Must Have Attained Before Receiving The Sacred Formula And The Fatal Secret

In order that there may be no misunderstanding as to our meaning, we will now define the different attributes of those who had been admitted to the various degrees of initiation. It appears from what we have already ascertained First, that those who had been admitted into the first degree of initiation were subjected to a course of treatment, which was designed to subdue their will and enslave their intellect, and by fasting, mortifications, privations of every kind, and violent exercises in...

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...