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Studies in Occultism
By H. P. Blavatsky
Occultism (from the Latin
occultus, meaning "hid") as presented here refers primarily to the esoteric theosophy concealed
in religion and nature. In this series of articles, Blavatsky clarifies the "essential difference between
theoretical and practical Occultism," and the gulf that separates harmful occult practices from the
occult path of altruism.
Also included is a timely three-part article on "The Esoteric Character of the Gospels" which casts
revealing light on the mystery of Jesus — as man and as Christ — and also upon the succession of messianic
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Definition of "occult" from Back Cover:
The term occult has noble, but largely forgotten origins. Derived
from the Latin occultus meaning "hidden," it properly defines anything which is undisclosed,
concealed, or not easily perceived. Early theologians, for example, spoke of "the occult
judgment of God," while "occult philosopher" was a designation for the pre-Renaissance
scientist who sought the unseen causes regulating nature's phenomena. In astronomy, the
term is still used when one stellar body "occults" another by passing in front of it,
temporarily hiding it from view.
Writing a century ago, when the word had not acquired today's mixed connotations, H.
P. Blavatsky defined occultism as "altruism" — the divine wisdom or
hidden theosophy within all religions. Occultism is founded on the principle that
Divinity is concealed — transcendent yet immanent — within every living being. As a
spiritual discipline occultism is the renunciation of selfishness; it is the "still, small
path" which leads to wisdom, to the right discrimination between good and evil, and the
practice of altruism.