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By Gary Lachman

The occult used to be a vital effect at the Renaissance, and it obsessed the preferred thinkers of the day. yet with the Age of cause, occultism was once sidelined; simply charlatans stumbled on any use for it. Occult principles didn't disappear, besides the fact that, yet quite went underground. It constructed right into a fruitful resource of idea for plenty of very important artists. Works of brilliance, occasionally even of genius, have been produced less than its effect. In a depressing Muse, Lachman discusses the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, the Romantic explosion, the futuristic occultism of the fin de siècle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist stream. many of the writers and thinkers featured during this hidden historical past of western proposal and sensibility are Emanuel Swedenborg, Charles Baudelaire, J. okay. Huysmans, August Strindberg, William Blake, Goethe, Madame Blavatsky, H. G. Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, and Malcolm Lowry.

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We were taught to meditate on the Ajna Chakra or Third Eye and given a set of names to use as a mantra . According to the teaching, we were also spiritually wired to the guru. That was what would haunt me for some years to come, as discussed in greater detail throughout these pages. I am not sure what percentage of my decision to accept ini­ tiation was spiritual, how much of it was part of my attempt to preserve my marriage, and how much was due to the influence of the extensive literature on Indian mysticism I had been reading.

Charan Singh, the "Perfect Living Master " The Perfect Living Master concept is similar to the Christian notion of Christ. The idea is that an advanced being assumes incarna­ tion for the purpose of leading seekers to the Light. The Master is On the Road Again believed to be without flaws or karma, essentially an incarnation of the Light itself. It is very common in Indian mysticism and is a universal archetype. There are some obvious similarities to the Thelemic idea of the Holy Guardian Angel (HGA ) .

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