Occult Mind

{A general, over-all methodological comment of ours :- Any sort of discussion or contemplation which may extend beyond sheerest of strict materialism -- that is to say, anything involving the nature of consciousness, of purposiveness, of ethics, etc. etc. -- is, by its very nature, involved with-and-in elements which can or could be described as "magic", "sorcery", "occultism", and that ilk. Materialism is (especially when carried to its extreme) a self-contradictory mass of incohaerent absurdities, which is not so much as capable of being sincerely believed by anyone, though extreme hypocrites may praetend to profess it. The author's failure ever to censure any aspect of materialism hath a tendency to cast a degree of taint of hypocrisy (or somewhat of cowardice) over this book, as likewise over any other such writing exhibiting such an egregious omission. [written 28 February 2019]}

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Cap. 1


PP. 1-18

p. 1 \Aiguptos\

"the place AEgypt. Not the Egypt of modern geography ... ." {The antient Hellenic form of this name is \Aiguptos\; \Egypt\ is a modernist (Romance-language-based) distortion. In either case, the name is of apparently Argive (GM @60.e) provenience, and hath never been used, nor acknowledged, by the denizens of the land whereto it is so inappropriately applied by haughty Europeans, whereof the author (Ch.I.L) is a particularly obnoxious instance.}

{The natives of that land antiently designate it \TL-MRJ\ ("the land MRJ" [\MRJ\ being the German transliteration, \MRI,\ in the customary English transliteration]) in their hieroglyphic inscriptions; the TNaK, it is called \Mis.rayim\, a grammatically dual form, repraesented by the singular form \Mis.r\ in standard <arabiy.}

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. Penguin Bks, 1955.

p. 2 Frances Yates (in Britain) & Mircea Eliade (in Romania and afterwards in the United States)

"In her numerous books and essays, Dame Frances Yates (1899-1981) revitalized ... the Renaissance by presenting in rousing prose its heyday. The heresiarch ... Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) and the angel-summoning John Dee (1527-1608) are the heroes of this narrative.

{She was endeavouring to help resuscitate the non-Christian occultism which had begun to be re-instated in Europe during the Renaissance, but which had faltered, somewhat more recently, with the ascendence of grossly materialist outlooks in doctrinaire Western European philosophies.}

Mircea Eliade (1907-86), Yates's almost exact contemporary, cast the nets of visionary analysis far wider ... ." {Subsequent researches have widened this inclusiveness yet further; for, Mircea Eliade was quite conservative in his aestimates of the geographic extent of shamanic-style mysticism and religions : nearly every traditional culture on this planet (especially almost the whole of Africa) ought to be included.}

{By describing them in terminology ("ecstasy" and of that ilk) familiar from experientially-oriented writings of European and of Levantine mystics, he was endeavouring to help Siberian and AmerIndian shamanic practices to become widely accepted as aequivalent to Asiatic occult practices of Taoist adepts and of Vaidik-and-Tantrik practitioners, and to European occult practices of Platonic mystics and of Hermetic adepts.}

p. 2 fanciful, almost entirely baseless conjectures extracted by author Ch.I.L. from several inaccurate and misleading "critics"

"Yates and Eliade analyzed the AEgyptian notalgias former ages" {wrong! : this is never so much as mentioned by Eliade, though it is closely dwelt-on by Carl Jung, especially in his Mysterium Coniunctionis in the context of alchemy (a discipline unaccountably unmentioned by Ch.I.L.); though Jung -- closely similar in interests and in outlooks to Yates -- is (oddly enough!) never mentioned author Ch.I.L..}

{Yates and Eliade were very different indeed in interests and in outlooks : Yates writing about Latin-language litterature in Renaissance Western Europe, Eliade partly on shamanry-description translated from Russian, and partly on Sahajiya cultic litterature; he paraphrasing much of the content of Dasgupta's Obscure Religious Cults with the intent of bringing it to a wider audience of European academia.}

"Eliade's vast oeuvre {none whereof author Ch.I.L. bothered to read, incidentally} often rests on tendentious misreadings of dubious secondary sources." {Misleading and inaccurate. It is author Ch.I.L. who is exceedingly tendentious and reliant on inaccurately-fabricated secondary sources consisting mainly of baseless slurs and slanders.}

{Mircea Eliade did indeed rely, in his magnum opus Yoga : Immortality and Freedom, largely on (because he did not read Samskr.ta) the secondary source (viz., in English instead of in Samskr.ta) Obscure Religious Cults; but neither is he misreading it, nor are his citations of it, and of similar Anglo-Bharatiya works, particularly tendentious.}

p. 2 is there a good reason for not criticizing a repressive and dangerous government?

"it seems plausible that Eliade's scholarship, like that of Georges Dume'zil and Paul DeMan, was colored by fascist sympathies." {Disapproving of the policies of a government can lead to the disapprover being put to death by that government : witness the case of Giordano Bruno, which informed Mircea Eliade, and which ought to have been taken as a warning (ChM"25YLChPR") by Mircea Eliade's litterary executor and successor.}

{These three authors merely took care not to put themselves into harm's way by overtly criticizing a harsh and repressive government. Mircea Eliade's successor to his professorship at the University of Chicago, Ioan Culianu, did sharply criticize (both in print and in radio-broadcasts) the contemporary government of Romania; and, as a result, was (after several warnings) murdered by some covert agent of it (LF"KPC").} {Ch.I.L. is a reckless fool.}

ChM"25YLChPR" = CHICAGO MAROON May 13, 2016. "25 Years Later, Assassinated Professor Remembered". https://www.chicagomaroon.com/2016/05/13/25-years-later-assassinated-professor-remembered/

LF"KPC" = LINGUA FRANCA 2.6 (1992). "The Killing Of Professor Culianu". http://linguafranca.mirror.theinfo.org/9209/culianu.html

pp. 3 & 183-4 Eliphas Le'vi (in France)

p. 3

"Since the nineteenth-century occult revival inaugurated primarily by Eliphas Le'vi (1816-75), Western magical thought has rediscovered ... prisca magia ['old-fashioned magic']. Le'vi himself, by correlating

the twenty-two trumps of the supposedly Egyptian tarot deck

{The tarocchi (Italian), tarock (German), or tarot (French) is of Renaissance-WestEuropean origin, though its symbolism be founded in Hellenic mythology -- but having no connection with Mis.r (Aiguptos) at all.}

with the twenty-two letters {read "consonants"} of the Hebrew alphabet ... . {The <ibriy ("Hebraios\Hebrew" being a being an inaccurate misnomer, referent to \H.eber\ in the Towrah) script hath also the distinction (in the "Tiberian" vowel-pointing, called "jot-and-tittle" in the Authorized English version) of some ten vowels.}

{There are universally admitted to be 23 consonants in that alphabet : though Mitnagedim distinguish 2 of them (\s^iyn\ and \s`iyn\), mutually, only by placement of a diacritical mark in different places above, yet never-the-less true Qabbalists do make the difference more discernable : 4 prongs contrasting against 3.}

"Freemasonry, many of whose eighteen-century formulators linked Egypt with Jerusalem under the aegis of the builder of the pyramids and the Temple." {The pyramids had, however, ceased being built more that a millennium before S^lomoh had his temple built.}

{If there had been any relationship between pyramids and the heykal ('temple') in Yruw-s^alayim, that relationship would have been mentioned in TNaK ('scripture') or in Midras^ ('commentary') or in Haggadah ('narrative'); but it never was. Certain Freemasons are sheer speculators.}

p. 183, n. 3

"Born Alphonse Louis Constant, Le'vi was made abbe' and professor of Hebrew at the Petit Se'minaire St. Sulpice. ... Renaming himself Eliphas {Strong's 464 \>li-paz\ 'god of gold'} Le'vi Zaed {\za>id\ 'increasing, growing' (DMWA, p. 453a)} ..., he became active in ... occultism, ...

p. 184, n. 3

to publish numerous highly influential works on the subject. ...

The most important work is Christopher McIntosh's Eliphas Le'vi and the French Occult Revival (London : Rider, 1972)."

DMWA = Hans Wehr : Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. 4th edn.

pp. 3 & 184 three others -- Blavatsky (in the United States of America), Watkins (in Britain), and Murray (also in Britain) -- reviving non-Christian traditional occultism

p. 3

"Madame Blavatsky situated ancient knowledge in the lost continents of Atlantis, Lemuria, and Mu {Chinese king [the 5th in the Western Han dynasty] Mu supposedly visited goddess Hsi-Wang-Mu -- which might be related to the name as a letter of the Hellenic alphabet (for a "mum" silence)};

{This involved reconciling religious litteratures from Hellas (on Atlantis), Bharata (a homeland of lemur primates), and Burma (Mu river-valley located there -- though "Mu" is not specifically mentioned by her, being later developed by James Churchward, using Polynesian mythology).}

Alfred Watkins's theory of ley lines presumed geomantic knowledge among ancient Britons and Druids;

Margaret Murray (herself an Egyptologist) saw in witchcraft a pre-Christian ... religion {\Wicca\, the Old English term for 'Witchcraft'} surviving underground ... . {In some European countries such a system is as-yet quite current, especially in the countryside. The form \wicca\ would, etymologically, trace from a proto-Indo-Germanic *\wiwya\, which can be witnessed in the name \Wayawiya\ ('Windy', often an epithet of the 'wild onion-patch' City of Chicago) applied to a section of the S`iva Upa-puran.a, and available as a characterization of the Vayu Puran.a.}

{under various names, such as \strigilia\ in Latin, with a Book of Aradia, the name whereof which might relate -- instead of to Herodias' (Strong's 2733 \H.rod\ 'afraid; the name of a town') daughter (though she could be connected via the Dance Of The 7 Veils : Strong's 7289 \radiyd\ 'veil') -- to Strong's >iradah\ 'decree' : DMWA, p. 425b); the name of a town' instead of to Strong's 720 \>arowd\, an orthographic variant of 719 \>arwad\ 'the name of a town in Kna<an of Phoinikia') : \mirwad\ 'pencil for applying kohl to the eyelids' : DMWA, p. 425b. This kohl (applied to the eyelid) may be analogous the "lid" (LI, s.v. "Balar", p. 29b) covering the "single eye" of Balar, which lid may consist of (LI, s.v. "Balar", p. 30a) "seven coverings over this eye." When uncovered, there was (LI, s.v. "Balar", p. 29a) "the flashing effect ... emanating from his eye", as if a ray-beam flashing forth from a laser, which is in the form of pencil.}

p. 184, n. 4

"On occult Freemasonry, see Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon (... Oxford University Press, 1999), 52-65. On ... Mu, ... see James Churchward, The Lost Continent of Mu : The Motherland of Man (New York : William Edwin Rudge, 1926),

which invented the Mu myth ... .

{UNTRUE! The extinct Mu folk had long been known in traditional tribal lore, "a Mu race living on bananas in the forest" : "the Mu (silent {i.e., mute/mum}) ... people" (B:HM, p. 322; citing Fornander 1916-1919, 6:271, 6:54).}

On Murray's theory of witchcraft, see Margaret A. Murray, The Witch-Cult in in Western Europe (... Oxford University Press, 1921), The God of the Witches (London : Faber, 1934) ...; ... for an idiosyncratic appraisal, see Mircea Eliade, "Some Observations on European Withcraft," Occultism, Witchcraft, and Cultural Fashions : Essays in Comparative Religions (... University of Chicago Press, 1986), 62-92 ... ."

Strong = James Strong : Hebrew and Aramaic Dictionary of Bible Words.

DMWA = Hans Wehr (ed. by J. M. Cowan) : Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic. 4th edn. Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 1979.

LI = Da`ithi` O` hO`ga`in : The Lore of Ireland. Boydell Pr, Woodbridge (Suff); Collins Pr, Wilton (Cork), 2006.

B:HM = Martha Beckwith : Hawaiian Mythology. Yale Univ Pr, New Haven (CT), 1940.

Fornander 1916-1919 = Abraham Fornander (ed. by Thomas G. Thrum) : Collection of Hawaiian Antiquities and Folklore. MEMOIRS OF THE BERNICE PAUAHI BISHOP MUSEUM, Voll.4-6.

{In the realm of Hsi-Wang-Mu ('West Queen Mother'), “A thousand years are just a small crack, like a cricket’s chirp.” ("XWShGGCh") 'Cricket' is (MEHD, p. 70a) \s.ras.ar\, the geminated form of \s.or\ 'flint'. Hsi-Wang-Mu should be aequivalent to Revati, the goddess for whom (according to several maha-puran.a-s) millions of years passed swiftly while she was harkening to a symphony of instrumental music being played by Caran.a gods in the heavenly court of Brahma.}

"XWShGGCh" = "Xi Wangmu, The Shamanic Great Goddess Of China". http://www.suppressedhistories.net/goddess/xiwangmu.html

MEHD = Dob ben-Abba : The Meridian English/Hebrew Dictionary. Massada Pr, 1977. (reprint 1994)

{The Mu "are dwarf people" who now reside on a "floating land" (B:HM, p. 326, citing HAA 1916, pp. 144-7); while formerly residing in Kahiki (Tahiti), they were governed by 3 chiefs, each named (B:HM, p. 325, citing Green 1928, p. 34) Kualu ("cords used to decorate a chief's canoe" : H-ED, p. 157).}


Green 1928 = Laura Green : Folktales from Hawaii. Honolulu.

H-ED = Mary Kawena Pukui & Samuel H. Elbert : Hawaiian-English Dictionary. 3rd edn., 1965.

pp. 4 & 184 the series of Hellenistic texts collectively known as "Hermetika"

p. 4

"The Hermetica are a loose collection of Neoplatonic dialogues composed in Alexandria during the first few centuries of the Common Era.

They purport to be a series of conversations between Hermes Trismegistus (Thrice-Great{est} Hermes {viz., greatest prophet-priest-and-king, likely intended as the numinous Numitor})

and ... particularly Poimandres

{'Shepherd-of-Men', otherwise known as the "Good Shepherd", viz., Faustulus, the shepherd of king Amulius}

and Hermes' son Tat ... ."

{most likely intended as Numitor's son Aegestes, named for the son of Sikelian river-god Krimisos}

p. 184, n. 5

"See ... Garth Fowden, The Egyptian Hermes : A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind, new ed. (... Princeton University Press, 1993); Fowden's bibliography and notes provide ... apparatus for such study."

pp. 5-6 a prophecy uttered by Hermes Tris-megistos, in the Asklepios (@24, p. 81) {: much of this prophecy would seem to be plagiarized in the New Testament}

p. 5

"divinity will return from earth to heaven. ... For divinity goes back to heaven, and all the people will die ... .

I call to you, most holy river, and I tell your future : a torrent of blood will fill your banks ... . ...

{"And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers ...; and they became blood." (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 16:4)}

p. 6

The reverent will be thought mad, the irreverent wise ..., and the scoundrel be taken for a decent person. ... Nothing holy, nothing reverent nor worthy of heaven or heavenly beings will be heard of or believed in the mind. ...

{This is the current state-of-affairs in praesent-day United States and western Europe : blasphemous atheism is dominant; and anyone genuinely worshipping the antient Hellenic and Roman deities is deemed insane.}

Then neither will the earth stand firm

{"And the angel took ... fire of the altar [in Heaven], and cast it into the Earth;and there were ... an earthquake." (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 8:5)}

nor the sea be sailable;

{"And the second angel sounded ...; and the third part of the ships were destroyed." (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 8:8-9)}

... nor will the course of the stars stand firm in heaven.

{"And the fourth angel sounded, and ... was smitten ... the third part of the stars" (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 8:12).}

Every divine voice will grow mute in enforced silence."

{"And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half and hour." (Apokalupsis of Ioannes 8:1)}

pp. 10 & 186 more baseless conjectures by Ch.I.L. about the intents of Mircea Eliade (whose writings he apparently never actually perused, relying instead only on the fatuous notions of self-styled litterary"critics", who likewise neglected to read those writings before praetensefully "criticizing" them in utterly fanciful ways)

p. 10

"Eliade set out to reveal what he called the "morphology of the sacred." This phrase should be taken ... in ... Goethe's ... structural meaning."

{Mircea Eliade never related the structure of religions to the structure of plants as Goethe (an amateur botanist) did.}

"For Eliade, the sacred was strictly analogous to Goethe's "leaf," ... primarily archtypal ... religious objects of which history "shall be jealous."

{Eliade never wrote any such thing about any plant's leaf, nor about history's being "jealous"; these notions are purely Goethean, not Eliadean. Ch.I.L.'s remarks are so far-fetched (though taken from Jonathan Z. Smith, who is wildly fanciful a writer as can be imagined) as to be quite ludicrous.}

p. 185, n. 14

"The significance of Rudolph Steiner's work as a link between Eliade and Goethe has yet to be explored."

{Not only are Mircea Eliade's writings quite unrelated to those of Goethe; but there is even a fundamental opposition : Rudolph Steiner is infamous for his having deserted dharma of Bharata; whereas, while staying in Bharata, "Eliade studied yoga" ("GuMEP") avidly.}

p. 186,

n. 15

"Mircea Eliade, Shamanism : Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy, trans. Willard R. Trask (... Princeton University Press, Bollingen, 1964)". ... See also his Cosmos and History : The Myth of the Eternal Return, trans. Willard R. Trask (New York : Harper Torchbooks, 1959) ... ."

"GuMEP" = "Guide to the Mircea Eliade Papers 1926-1998". https://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/findingaids/view.php?eadid=ICU.SPCL.ELIADEM


Christopher I. Lehrich : The Occult Mind : Magic in Theory and Practice. Cornell Univ Pr, Ithaca (NY), 2007.