Download the free pdf ebook Transcendental Magic Its Doctrine and By Eliphas Levi (Alphonse Louis Constant) Translated to English by. ELIPHAS LEVI ZAHED is a pseudony m which was adopted in his o ccult writings by Alphonse Louis Constant, and it is said to be the Hebrew equivalent of that. The History of Magic By Eliphas Levi. Format: Free Scanned PDF Pages (PDF): Publication Date: This translation by Arthur Edward Waite, Download .
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THIS volume represents the high-water mark of the thought of Eliphas Levi. subtle and delicate irony of which Eliphas Levi is one of the greatest masters that . by Eliphas Lévi. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Part One: The Idra Suta or The Great Synod — Commentary on the Siphra. Dzeniuta by Simeon Ben-Jochai. Part I . why Eliphas Levi, who consistently teaches in the " Doctrine and Ritual " that the dogmas of so-called revealed religion are nurse-tales for children, should.
Their nature has been disputed for many centuries yet they are still not understood. We would all like to be wiser, but what will wisdom bring us? So often it seems that lunatics are happier and more cheerful than we are.
It is necessary to have good morals, but sometimes we are all like children: then morality wearies us. How often they teach us silly moralities that do not suit our nature.
When speaking about matters that don't interest us our thoughts soon turn to other things. Virtue is such an excellent idea: the very word speaks of the ability to be strong. The world survives by the virtue of God.
But what constitutes virtue for us? Is it a virtue to have an empty mind and a gentle expression on the face? Shall we call a simple man virtuous even though he is a robber and a villain?
Is it virtue to abstain from excesses?
What are we to think of a man who abstains from walking for fear of breaking a leg? Virtue, in all things, is the opposite of a passive inactivity. Virtue supposes action; if we commonly act with virtue in opposing passions it is evident that virtue is never passive. Virtue is not force alone; it is also reason directed force. It is the power of balance in life.
The great secret of virtue, of virtuous living, whether transient or eternal can be summarized this way: It is the art of balancing forces to achieve a balanced outcome.
Balance does not produce immobility, but carries movement forward. Immobility is death and movement is life. This balanced motion is the driving force of nature. Nature, balancing the forces of fate, produces the detrimental health issues of the unbalanced man that appear to lead to his destruction. Man is liberated from the detriments of nature when he knows how to remove himself from the fatality of circumstances by intelligent employment of his free will.
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I use the word fatality here because the accidents and incomprehensible forces of nature seem fatal to man, yet we have no real indication that this is actually true. Nature has provided for the preservation of the animals by endowing them with instincts, but has also ordered things in such a way as to assure that an imprudent man will perish.
Animals live, so it is said, for the moment and without effort. Man should learn how to live this way as well. The science of living is the science of moral balance. To reconcile knowledge and religion, reason and feeling, energy and gentleness, these are the foundation of balance. Truly invincible power is power without violence.
Violent men are weak and imprudent men whose efforts turn and act against them. The violent affect is as offensive as that of hate and is well avoided. Anger surrenders a person up blindly to his enemies.
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When the heroes described by the Greek poet Homer fight, they guard against being too provoked by insults less, in reciprocating, they are lost to furry, the most furious on both sides will be the first to fall. The mettlesome Achilles was fated to perish in an unfortunate manner. It was the most cavalier and valiant of the Greeks who brought disaster upon their fellow citizens. It is the wise and patient Ulysses who takes Troy.
He knows how to keep himself in control and strike only when the blow is sure. Achilles represents passion and Ulysses, virtue. French occult author and ceremonial magician. Paris , First French Empire. Paris, Third French Republic.
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Bernhard Tauchnitz. Hence the author of Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, printed at Paris, — a book less remarkable for tis learning than for the earnest belief of a scholar of our own day in the reality of the art of which be records of history — insists much on the necessity of rigidly observing Le Ternaire, in the number of persons who assist in an enchanter's experiments. Paradoxes of the Highest Science.
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To reconcile knowledge and religion, reason and feeling, energy and gentleness, these are the foundation of balance.
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It is necessary to have good morals, but sometimes we are all like children: then morality wearies us. The debates in the Revue do not only show the tensions between the old "Romantic Socialism" of the Saint-Simonians and Fourierists, they also demonstrate how natural it was for a socialist writer to discuss topics like magic, the Kabbalah, or the occult sciences in a socialist journal.
Alphonse was the son of a shoemaker in Paris; he attended a seminary and began to study to enter the Roman Catholic priesthood. A corrupted heart poisons the whole nature. Nature has provided for the preservation of the animals by endowing them with instincts, but has also ordered things in such a way as to assure that an imprudent man will perish.