Read online or download a free book: Occult Essays
Publisher: General Books LLC (7 Feb. 2012)
By: Alfred Percy Sinnett (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1905 Excerpt: ... THE DOCTRINE OF REINCARNATION The theory of evolution that seeks to account for the progress of the human soul by recognising each earth life as a link in a long chain of lives, instead of an isolated experience, has attracted a good deal of attention and not a little sympathy during the last twenty years. It has seemed to provide an answer to some riddles of the earth that were otherwise painfully bewildering. No one can turn the eye of imagination towards the seething masses of miserable, untaught, and criminal humanity without feeling that if each creature has but the one chance of securing salvation or ruining himself for ever, the inequalities of environment are deplorably unfair. We may take refuge in the thought that we did not make the world and are not responsible for its horrors. Or perhaps a good many of us, in spite of a faith formally professed, may feel imperfectly assured of a conscious existence on the other side of Woking, and so be of opinion that the one life resolves itself, at any rate, into all that is practically worth talking about. Meanwhile the variegated intellectual activity of our time affords scope for the development of new phases of religious thinking, coloured by the scientific method, and in this way the doctrine of reincarnation has found its way to favour, and has been fortified by collateral beliefs in regard to the unseen aspects of Nature around us, which must be taken into consideration by anyone who desires to understand the doctrine itself. In dealing with these, I must ask the reader to remember that I am not here attempting to set forth the whole argument in favour of reincarnation, on which, for those who adopt it, the theory rests. To do this would expand the present statement to an excessive length: but the doc...
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