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Occult Science in India
by Louis Jacolliot
This book was written in the 1860s, when reliable information about
Hinduism was just starting to filter back to the west.
Jacolliot was searching for the roots of western esoteric traditions
in the far East.
The high point of this book is the travelogue of his
encounters in India with a fakir, who demonstrates
his siddis (yogic powers) exuberantly.
There is also an extensive discourse on Kabbalah, and its relationship
to Eastern mystical beliefs.
Jacolliot was a diffusionist, and he believed that
many western esoteric traditions, specifically Egyptian, Jewish and Christian,
had their origin in India.
Jacolliot, the author (1837-1890) was a French lawyer who worked as a judge
in India and Tahiti.
He subsequently became a prolific author.
Although he apparently had enough familiarity with Sanskrit to do
some desultory translations of the Laws of Manu, Jacolliot was not an academic.
He quotes extensively here from a text called
which appears to be a pastiche of the Upanishads, Hindu law books,
and a bit of Freemasonry.
This text does not seem to exist except in Jacolliot's imagination.
Jacolliot also believed in a lost Pacific continent, and was quoted by
Helena Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled in support of Lemuria.
--J.B. Hare, June 21, 2008.
Part I. The Doctrine of the Pitris
Chapter I. The Initiated at the Ancient Temples
Chapter II. The Brahmins
Chapter III. The BrahminFrom His Birth To His NovitiateThe Ceremony of the Djita Carma
Chapter IV. The BrahminFrom His Novitiate to His Reception Into the First Degree of His Initiation
Chapter V. The First Degree of Initiation
Chapter VI. The First Degree of Initiation.(Continued.)
Chapter VII. The Second Degree of Initiation
Chapter VIII. The Third Degree of Initiation
Chapter IX. The Grand Council
Chapter X. The Election of the Brahmatma
Chapter XI. The Yoguys
Part II. The Philosophical Tenets of the Indian Initiates
Chapter I. The Degree of Sanctity Which the Initiates Must Have Attained Before Receiving the Sacred Formula and the Fatal Secret
Chapter II. The Superior GuruThe Sacred Decade
Chapter III. The GuruEvocations
Chapter IV. The Frontal Sign of the Initiates According to the Agrouchada-Parikchai
Chapter V. The Interpretation of the Vedas and Other Works of Sacred Scriptures
Chapter VI. Psychology of the Book of the Pitris
Chapter VII. Reason
Chapter VIII. A Text From the Vedas
Chapter IX. A Few Slocas From Manu
Chapter X. Of the Supreme Being
Chapter XI. Words Spoken by the Priests at Memphis
Chapter XII. The Formulas of Evocation
Chapter XIII. Formulas of Magical IncantationVulgar Magic
Part III. Compared with the Jewish Cabala, etc
Chapter I. Origin of the Cabala
Chapter II. How the Sacred Books are to be Interpreted According to the Jewish Cabalists
Chapter III. Initiation Among the Cabalists
Chapter IV. The Divine Essence, According to the Cabalists
Chapter V. The Ten Zephiroth
Chapter VI. The Cabalistic Trinity
Chapter VII. The Belief in Mediating and Inspiring Spirits According to the Jewish Cabalists
Chapter VIII. Points of Resemblance Between the Doctrine of the Pitris and That of the Zend-Avesta of Persia, the Philosophy of Plato, the Alexandrian School, and of Christianity
Part IV. Exoteric Manifestations and Demonstrations as Shown by the Fakirs
To the Reader
Chapter I. As to Who Are Initiated Into the Different Classes of Occult Power
Chapter II. Agasa
Chapter III. The Performing Fakirs
Chapter IV. The Leaf Dance
Chapter V. The Bronze VaseMusical Accompaniments
Chapter VI. The Water-SpoutThe Magic Stick
Chapter VII. Phenomena of Elevation and Knocking.
Chapter VIII. The Bamboo StoolAërial FlowersThe Mysterious Punkah
Chapter IX. The Stationary TableA Shower Of KnocksThe Little MillFlying FeathersThe Harmoniflute
Chapter X. Sand Drawingthe Metor and the Bucket of WaterLoss of VoiceMind ReadingReading in a Closed BookAërial Melodythe Flying PalmLeafElevation of the Fakir
Chapter XI. Spontaneous Vegetation
Chapter I. Mysterious Handsthe Production of Flowers, Crowns, etc.Letters of FireThe Spectre of a Priest of Brahmathe Phantom Musician
Chapter II. The Phantom of Karli