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Raja-Yoga, or OCCULTISM

For all students who little know or realize the depths of “human nature,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote the article with which this volume opens “Chelas and Lay Chelas.” It is a warning to the heedless and the selfish, but a benediction, an affirmation, and a promise to all who would take the first step in fitting themselves for the noblest of all pursuits, the study of the Science of Life and the Art of Living.

Similarly every article in this volume contains priceless instruction — hints to be worked out, warnings to be heeded, seed-ideas to be meditated upon, information to be used and instruction to be absorbed.

The articles published in this volume will bring that knowledge which alone fortifies a student against wrong or fanciful Occultism, as against the perils of occult arts and psychic practices. Under the name of Yoga dangerous exercises are taught all over the world, and in the West well-intentioned but credulous people are being exploited, and even when not exploited are being instructed in practices ruinous to body and mind alike, in the name of India and Indian philosophy.

A sound study in the theory will prepare the earnest devotee to practise the life of Occultism which is not psychic clairvoyance, not going into the silence, not becoming invisible helpers by night; it is knowing the Self within, recognizing Its Light as a ray from the Universal Light.         (from the Preface)

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CONTENTS
Chelas and Lay Chelas ……………………………………………………………….. 1
“The Theosophical Mahatmas” ………………………………………………… 10
Practical Occultism …………………………………………………………………… 19
Occultism versus the Occult Arts ……………………………………………… 30
Lodges of Magic ………………………………………………………………………. 43
What of Phenomena? ………………………………………………………………. 51
Psychic and Noëtic Action ……………………………………………………….. 56
Thoughts on the Elementals …………………………………………………….. 83
Elementals ………………………………………………………………………………. 101
Chinese Spirits ………………………………………………………………………… 148
Ancient Magic in Modern Science ………………………………………….. 157
Animated Statues ……………………………………………………………………. 169
The Science of Magic ……………………………………………………………… 182
The Search After Occultism …………………………………………………….. 192
Dialogues Between the Two Editors: I.
On Astral Bodies, or Doppelgangers……………………………………….. 200
Dialogue on the Mysteries of the After-Life: II.
On the Constitution of the Inner Man and Its Division …………… 210
Hypnotism, and Its Relation to Other Modes of Fascination …… 226
Indian Days: A Dialogue of Life and Death (Reprinted) …………… 237

 

Raja-Yoga, or OCCULTISM by H.P.Blavatsky

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