The History of Spiritualism, Vol. I

Share Latin ad-venio , to come to. According to present [ ] usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle 30 November and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days. With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love, thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and thereby to make themselves ready for His final coming as judge, at death and at the end of the world. In the official prayer, the Breviary, she calls upon her ministers, in the Invitatory for Matins, to adore “the Lord the King that is to come”, “the Lord already near”, “Him Whose glory will be seen on the morrow”. As Lessons for the first Nocturn she prescribes chapters from the prophet Isaias, who speaks in scathing terms of the ingratitude of the house of Israel, the chosen children who had forsaken and forgotten their Father; who tells of the Man of Sorrows stricken for the sins of His people; who describes accurately the passion and death of the coming Saviour and His final glory ; who announces the gathering of the Gentiles to the Holy Hill.

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We might, with Scholastics, explain this is malum poenae , which is actually caused by God owing to man’s fault.

Share Latin angelus ; Greek aggelos ; from the Hebrew for “one going” or “one sent”; messenger. The word is used in Hebrew to denote indifferently either a divine or human messenger. The Septuagint renders it by aggelos which also has both significations. The Latin version, however, distinguishes the divine or spirit-messenger from the human, rendering the original in the one case by angelus and in the other by legatus or more generally by nuntius.

In a few passages the Latin version is misleading, the word angelus being used where nuntius would have better expressed the meaning, e. It is with the spirit-messenger alone that we are here concerned. We have to discuss the meaning of the term in the Bible, the offices of the angels, the names assigned to the angels, the distinction between good and evil spirits, the divisions of the angelic choirs, the question of angelic appearances, and the development of the scriptural idea of angels.

The angels are represented throughout the Bible as a body of spiritual beings intermediate between God and men: They, equally with man, are created beings; “praise ye Him, all His angels: He commanded and they were created” Psalm That the angels were created was laid down in the Fourth Lateran Council The decree “Firmiter” against the Albigenses declared both the fact that they were created and that men were created after them.

This decree was repeated by the Vatican Council, “Dei Filius”.

This genesis needs some little explanation. I had written certain studies with no particular ulterior object save to gain myself, and to pass on to others, a clear view of what seemed to me to be important episodes in the modern spiritual development of the human race. These included the chapters on Swedenborg, on Irving, on A.

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The Secret Doctrine by H. An island, which for its unparalleled beauty had no rival in the world, was inhabited by the last remnant of the race which preceded ours. For it is the Third Race which inhabited the great Lemurian continent, that preceded the veritable and complete human races — the fourth and the fifth. There were many such colleges, and the old classic authors speak of them. James Fergusson, deny the great antiquity of even one single monument in India. We believe such a claim perfectly arbitrary.

Further discoveries will show that it is erroneous and unwarranted. Delhi is one of them; Allahabad another — examples of this being found even in Europe; e. Why, then, could not Ellora, Elephanta, Karli, and Ajunta have been built on subterranean labyrinths and passages, as claimed? Of course we do not allude to the caves which are known to every European, whether de visu or through hearsay, notwithstanding their enormous antiquity, though that is so disputed by modern archaeology.

But it is a fact, known to the Initiated Brahmins of India and especially to Yogis, that there is not a cave-temple in the country but has its subterranean passages running in every direction, and that those underground caves and endless corridors have in their turn their caves and corridors. It did exist most assuredly, as it was fast approaching its greatest days of glory and civilization when the last of the Lemurian continents went down.

In short, they were the Fourth Race of men mentioned in the Popol-Vuh, whose sight was unlimited, and who knew all things at once.

Why does a bee only visit one type of flower at a time? It seems such a waste of energy. I read that a supermarket won an award for its two-year-matured puddings. So, what happens over two years to bring out the flavour? Where I live, I use five different bins and the collections are fortnightly.

It is interesting to note that he considered his powers to be intimately connected with a system of respiration.

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They have their individuality and their limitations, even as we have, and these limitations become the more marked when they have to manifest themselves through so foreign a substance as matter.

It was inhabited by a decent farmer family of the name of Fox—a name which, by a curious coincidence, has already been registered in religious history as that of the apostle of the Quakers.

Philo, in commenting on the passage in his treatise “Quod Deus sit immutabilis”, i, follows the Septuagint.

According to the Brahmans, this country had attained a high civilization, and the peninsula of Hindustan, enlarged by the displacement of the waters, at the time of the grand cataclysm, has but continued the chain of the primitive traditions born in this place.

He found in these spheres that the scenery and conditions of this world were closely reproduced, and so also was the general framework of society.

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