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Magic, White & Black: The Science of Finite and Infinite Life
by Franz Hartmann
Binding: Paperback
Publisher: Tat Foundation
Weight: 0.9 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 8.3 x W: 0.46 inches
ISBN 10: 1878683098
ISBN 13: 9781878683090
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PREFACE TO THE SIXTH EDITION. It is the usual fate of books that are written to suit the spirit of the times, that even if they create a sensation at their first appearance, the interest for them soon dies out ; either because they are superseded by others, giving expression to more advanced thought, or because their contents were suited only to a limited circle of readers. This has not been the case with '' Magic, White and Black,' which was born in India in the year 1884, and the number of whose readers has increased year by year, so that now after sixteen years a new edition is again called for. Moreover, the book has been translated into different European languages, all of which goes to show that it is considered by many as a standard work on theosophy, metaphysics and occult science, and there is no doubt that it will hold its position as such ; because the truths which it contains are eternal and will never grow old, and the form in which they are represented is generally regarded to be comprehensible and clear. Magic is that knowledge of the spiritual powers hidden within the constitution of man, which enables him to employ them consciously and intelligently. If he employs them for the purpose of attaining perfection through the realization within himself of the highest ideal, common to all mankind, it is called 'white magic'; and he may use these powers for beneficent purposes and in harmony with the universal law of love and justice ; if he employs them for low or selfish purposes, or in opposition to divine law, he makes the high subservient to the low, he degrades the spirit, and with it himself. This misuse of divine powers is called 'black magic,' and it was not my object to teach this art, but to warn the readers against it. Within the last twenty years the...


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