[I had read something about India as a cradle of races
and religions, and something had been said about the subject at one of our
meetings. I inquired further.]
What was said is true. India is the source from which is derived much of the
religious idea which pervades your faith. From India the chain has been
perpetuated through many nations of antiquity. The myths which have centred
round the plain truths of revelation owe their origin to India. The Messianic
legends date from the earliest days. Men have always pictured to themselves a
Saviour of their race, and the best record of your gradual growth is to be found
in tracing the early religious history of India. As the study of Indian lore
bears much on the scientific aspect of language which you have studied and
taught to others, so is the study of the religious aspect of Indian history in
the far, dim past, essential for yourself now. Direct your mind to it. We have
those with us who can aid you.
India, Persia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Judea--of these and of God's dealings
with them in revealing the Divine Ideal as man has been able to grasp it, it
behoves you to know. You must learn how Djeminy and Veda Vyasa were the
predecessors of Socrates and Plato. You will be told of this by those who know,
and whose earth-life was spent at that epoch. But, first, you must labour to
gather up for yourself such knowledge as is stored up. That done, you will be
You must learn, too, from similar sources how that man in every age has felt
his need of a Saviour outside of himself, and how the legends that cluster round
these Messiahs repeat themselves from time to time. The mythic source from which
many a legend sprang you will find in the story of Chrishna, the miraculous son
of the pure virgin Devaki. Hence you will get light on subjects yet dark to you.
This is the special information of which we spoke long ago, but which the
peculiar attitude of your mind, combined with its blank ignorance on these
subjects, compelled us to withhold.
We have still much to clear away before we can build safely. There is much in
the mere outlines that will be strange to you, and you must be familiarised with
them before we can go into detail. You must know that Egypt, Persia, Greece,
Rome, the great kingdoms of the world, owed their philosophy and religion very
largely to India. Manou, the great Indian reformer and teacher, reappears as the
Manes of Egypt, the Minos of Greece, the Moses of Hebrew story. The name is
impersonal, and is the appellative "man" in its simplest form. The great
pioneers of truth to their respective peoples were called, by emphatic eminence,
"The Man." They were to their fellows the highest embodiment of human power,
dignity, and knowledge.
Manou of India was a learned and erudite scholar, a profound student of
philosophy, more than three thousand years before the Christ was born among you.
Nay, he in his turn was but a late reformer compared with those whose words are
written in the ancient commentaries which belong to venerable Brahminical lore
thousands of years before Manou expounded philosophically the mysteries of God,
of creation, and of man's destiny.
To him Zarathustra, or Zoroaster, owed whatever of truth he taught of old in
Persia. All the sublimest conceptions of God date from him. The influence of
India on all ancient races, in legislation, in theology, in philosophy, in
science, is as surely proven to you as the fact that the language which you use
is the same tongue as that spoken by Manou himself. The adulterations of modern
times have so changed it that you can hardly trace the resemblance, yet your
learned philologists will tell you that it is the same. The religions of the
world bear to a superficial eye no apparent identity with the ideas which are
enshrined in Brahminical lore, yet they are derived frequently from those
primitive teachings which Manou systemised, which Manes naturalised in Egypt,
and which Moses introduced among the Hebrews.
Hindu ideas permeate all systems of philosophy and theology. The Devadassi,
the holy virgins who in Hindu temples devoted themselves to the pure worship of
the Supreme, according to their idea of Him, have had their successors in the
consecrated virgins of the Egyptian temples of Osiris, in the inspired
pythonesses of Delphi, in the priestesses of Ceres, in the vestial virgins of
This is, indeed, but a solitary instance of what we wish to point out to you.
We do but direct your mind; and our bare sketch will be plentifully filled
hereafter. You are not yet able to comprehend more than the outline.
Certainly I am ignorant enough. You speak as if man
was a mere vehicle for spirit; more or less perfect, and so more or less
We have told you frequently that all knowledge is from us. With us is the
substance, with you the shadow only. Even as in your world they learn most who
are most teachable, so in intercourse with ours. We can teach, if you are
willing to learn.
Not much merit in man, then?
The merit of obedience and humility. So he best grows in knowledge.
And suppose his teachers teach him wrong?
All truth is mixed with error. The dross will be purged away.
All spirits teach differently. Who, then, is right?
What is truth?
It is not so. We teach independently, and so details vary while the broad
outline remains the same. You will know one day that evil, as you call it, is
but the reverse of good. You can have no unmixed good in your present state. It
is an idle dream. Truth to you is relative, and must long remain so. Be content
to crawl before you walk, to step before you run, to run before you soar.
[It was at this time that there occured that singular
instance of power of a spirit lately released from the body to communicate,
which I have recorded in SPIRIT- IDENTITY. A man had met an awful death by being
crushed beneath a steamroller used for making a road near Baker Street. I had
passed the spot during the day: without, however, being conscious of the event.
In the evening I met the Baron Dupotet at Mrs Mackdougall Gregory's, and the
spirit manifested its presence. On 23rd Feb., 1874, I inquired about the matter,
and the story told by the spirit was confirmed.]
It surprises us much that he should have been able to attach himself to you.
It was owing to his being near the place when he met his bodily death. Do not
direct your mind strongly to the subject, lest he vex you.
How comes it that he is awake at once, whereas our
friend [who passed away recently] is not?
He has not rested after the violent separation from the body. Well for him if
he does so. If not he will remain an earthbound spirit for long. Rest is a step
to progress in the case of such a spirit. It is to be desired that the poor soul
may rest and not haunt the sphere of vice in which his earth life was spent.
Is the spirit, then, unharmed by such a ghastly
The mutilation of the body does not harm the spirit, except by the rude
shock. And that would stir it into action rather than lull it into repose.
The spirit haunted the place of death? How did it
It is usual for a spirit so severed from the body to haunt the spot for long
after. You passed: and being in a highly sensitive condition attracted any
spiritual influences that came within your sphere, as the magnet attracts iron.
This power of sympathetic attraction is mysterious to you. Yet it should not be,
for you see it in action in a lower degree in your world. Attraction and
repulsion operate strongly in daily intercourse. Most are unconscious of the
fact, yet all, especially the sensitive, act upon it. This is intensified once
the body is done with. The wider methods which it supplies through the avenues
of the senses are replaced by this intuitive faculty of sympathy, and its
But do not fix your mind on the subject, or you will find that the law of
attraction is set to work again, and you will have drawn to yourself the plague
of an undeveloped spirit. There is no reason, seeing that you could not benefit
the poor soul.