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The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky


The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely


Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe


Mortal Coils

Aldous Huxley


Hebrew tales

by Unknown

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" Worship the water, then," said Nimrod.

" Methinks," rejoined Abraham, " it would be more reasonable to worship the clouds, since they carry the waters, and throw them down upon the earth."

" Well, then," said the impatient king, " worship the clouds, which, by thine own confession, possess great power."

" Nay," continued Abraham, " if power is to be the object of adoration, the preference ought to be given to the wind, which by its greater force scatters the clouds, and drives them before it."

" I see," said Nimrod, " we shall never have done with this prattler. Worship the wind, then, and we will pardon thy former profanations."

" Be not angry, great king," said Abraham ; " I cannot worship the fire, nor the water, nor the clouds, nor the wind, nor any of the things thou callest Gods. The power they possess is derived from a Being, not only most powerful, but full of mercy and love. The Creator of heaven and earth, him alone will I worship."

" Well, then," said the tyrant, " since thou refusest to adore the fire, thou shall speedily be made sensible of its mighty force."

He ordered Abraham to be thrown into a fiery furnace. But God delivered him from the raging flames, and made him a source of blessing to many nations.

THE DOCTRINE OF RESURRECTION SUPPORTED BY THAT OF CREATION.

Theke were discovered on the fragments of an ancient tomb-stone Greek words to the following purpose : — "J was not, and I became : I am not,, but shall be." The same thought is expressed in the following reply of Rabbi Gabiha to a skeptic.

A freethinker said once to Rabbi Gabiha,— " Ye fools, who believe in % resurrection ! See ye not that the living die ? How, then, can ye believe that the dead shall live ? "

" Silly man! " replied Gabiha, " thou believest in a creation. Well, then, if what never before existed exists, why may not that which once existed exist again ?"

THE PARABLE OF THE GARMENTS.

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Eccles. xii. 7.

The words " who gave it" appear redundant. For know we not that it is God who gave us the soul ? But these words, say the wise men, teach us to remember that God gave us the soul in a state of innocence and purity; and that it is therefore our duty to return it unto him in the same state as he gave it unto us,— pure and undefined. And they illustrated this by the following parable.

A certain king distributed amongst his servants various costly garments. Now some of those servants were wise, and some were foolish. And those that were wise said to themselves, — " The king may call again for the garments; let us, therefore, take care they do not get soiled." But the foolish servants took no manner of care of theirs, and did all sorts of work in them, so that they became full of spots and grease.

Some time afterwards, the king called for the garments. The wise servants brought theirs clean and neat; but the foolish servants brought theirs in a sad state, ragged and unclean. The king was pleased with the first, but angry with the last. And he said, — " Let the clean garments be placed in the treasury, and let their keepers depart in peace. As for the unclean garments, they must be washed and purified, and their foolish keepers must be cast into prison."

THE PARABLE OF THE FEAST.

Let thy garments be always white, and let the oil of thy head never lack.

Eccles. ix. 8.

This verse Rabbi Jochonan explained in a similar manner to the foregoing: — Keep thy soul always in a state of purity, like a white, spotless garment, and anoint her with the oil of righteousness ; for thou knowest not the day when she may be called before her Heavenly Father. And he added the following parable by way of illustration.


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