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    Pavel Axentiev

    I thought I would share the outline of the section that I have compiled. Numeration is by paragraph in the hopes that it will prevent confusion when using different editions (it is also my hope that such or similar numeration – used by the academicians for the study of ancient texts – will be more widely adopted):

    BEFORE THE VEIL
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    1 Historical & modern context / Ironical assessment of the modern view
    2-4 Critical context / “A death-grapple of Science with Theology for infallibility – ‘a conflict of ages.'” / The position of the public (“Such is the picture of the hour…!”)
    5 Renunciation of both scientific and religious authorities of the day by the author
    6 Introduction of Spiritualism
    7 Application to the wisdom of the ancients
    8 Sharpening the application to “Platonic philosophy, the most elaborate compend of the abstruse systems of old India”
    9 The transcendenal system of Plato, misunderstood
    10 Platonic definition of the Supreme (INTELLIGENCE or MIND)
    11 Platonic philosophy contained in the ancient Greek mysteries
    12 Plato’s doctrine and its relationship to myths
    13 Platonic view of the nous, spirit, sharing in its nature with the Divine
    14 !- The two-fold nature of nous; the allegories of sleep and of the cave; the soul being capable of remembering the life of the spirit; the goal of philosophy
    15 !- The correspondence of spirit with night and death; the purpose of the Mysteries; initiatic nature of philosophy
    16 Plato and the history of Western thought
    17 Plato’s disciples: Xenocrates, Speusippus (“the author of Numerical Analysis… listener to the unwritten lectures of Plato”); Aristotle’s criticisms of the Platonic doctrine
    18 Aristotle “no trustworthy witness”; “canon of interpretation” (!); Pythagorean influences on Plato and Aristotle’s misinterpretation of them
    19 Modern science concurs with Pythagoras
    20 Unity in multiplicity = the key to Pythagorean “dogmas”
    21 Hindu/Vedic parallels
    22 The Pythagorean Decade
    23-27 Hindu origins of the numerical philosophy (based on the Book of Manu)
    28 More on the views of Platonic philosophers: the Deity vs. the (World)-Soul
    29 !- Man’s idea of God as a “blinding light” is only his own Spirit, and but a reflection of the Deity
    30 “No God, No Soul?” Atheism vs. the Buddhistic Nirvana
    31 Speusippus
    32 Xenocrates: three degrees of knowledge (Thought, Perception, and Intuition)
    33 Cf. from the Book of Manu (Manas vs. Ahamkara)
    34 Views of Neoplatonists on the relations between the soul, the Ideas (=Indivisible Magnitudes?), and the primary elements
    35 Daemons vs. the soul according to the Neoplatonists and Hermetists
    36 Morals of the Neoplatonists
    37 Soul according to Crantor (an early Platonic philosopher)
    38 Views of Herakleides as to the soul and the world
    39 On the Epinomis (and Iamblichus)
    40 Parallels with the Hindu tradition; the souls of stars
    41 !- Three classes of daemons according to the Epinomis
    42 Summing it up: the attitude of contemporary science
    43 Tyndall’s contradictions
    44 Preamble to the Glossary
    45-52 AETHROBACY
    – 46-47 The story of Simon Magus
    – 48-49 “Electromagnetic” explanation
    – 50 Four cases of somnambulists and ecstatics
    – 51 Spanish girl story
    53 ALCHEMISTS
    54-57 ASTRAL LIGHT
    58-59 AKASA
    60-62 ANTHROPOLOGY
    63 CHALDEANS
    64 DACTYLS
    65 DAEMONS
    66 DEMIURGOS
    67 DERVISHES
    68 DRUIDS
    69-71 ELEMENTAL SPIRITS
    72 ELEMENTARY SPIRITS
    73 ESSENES
    74-83 EVOLUTION
    84 FAKIRS
    85 HERMETIST
    86-87 HIEROPHANT
    88 INITIATES
    89 KABALIST
    90 LAMAS
    91 MAGE
    92-93 MAGICIAN
    94-96 MANTICISM
    97 MANTRA
    98 MARABUT
    99 MATERIALIZATION
    100 MAZDEANS
    101 METEMPSYCHOSIS
    102 MYSTERIES
    104 MYSTICS
    105 NABIA
    106 OCCULTIST
    107 PAGAN GODS
    108 PITRIS
    109-111 PYTHIA
    112 SAMOTHRACES
    113 SHAMANS
    114-115 SOMA
    116 SPIRIT
    117 SOUL
    118-119 THEOSOPHISTS
    120-127 THEURGIST
    128-129 YAJNA
    130 Note on the Archaic vs. Ancient and Medieval
    131 Explanatory note as to the sources of information presented in the book
    132 On the structure of the work as to the comparing of modern and ancient knowledge
    133 Declaration of the work’s purpose: against materialism and spiritual dogmas, and for spiritual freedom

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