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struggle. His final illumination. The unutterable bliss pictured in his own words. What the Persian mystics 

allusion to "union with the Beloved" signifies; its exoteric and its esoteric meaning. The "Way of the Gods." 

The chief difference between the message of Jesus and that of other holy men. The famous "Song of 
Solomon" and the different interpretations; a new version. A French writer's evident glimpses of the new 

birth. Man's relation to the universe.




CHAPTER II.



MAN'S RELATION TO GOD AND TO HIS FELLOW-MEN


The great riddle and a new solution. The persistence of the ideal of Perfected Man; Has it any basis in history? 

The superlative faculty of spiritual sight as depicted by artists, painters and sculptors. Symbols of 

consciousness. The way in which the higher consciousness expresses itself. Certain peculiar traits which 
distinguish those destined to the influx. The abode of the gods; The conditioned promise of godhood in Man. 

What is Nirvana? The Vedantan idea. The Christian idea. Did Jesus teach the kingdom of God on earth? Is 

there a basis for belief in physical immortality? A new explanation. The perilous paths. Those who "will see 
God." Evolution of consciousness from prehistoric man to the highest developed beings.





CHAPTER III


AREAS OF CONSCIOUSNESS



The Divine spark. Consciousness the essence of everything. Axioms of universal Occultism. The great central 
light. The teachings of Oriental seers regarding the ultimate goal. Different stages of mankind. Births in 

consciousness. Physical consciousness: its limitations. Mental consciousness: the jungles of the mind. Soul 

consciousness; whither it leads. The irresistible urge. Why we obey it. Sayings of ancient manuscripts. 
Perfecting Light. The disciple's test. Awakening of the divine man. Is he now on earth? What is meant by the 

awakening of the inner Self. Is the atman asleep? The doctrine of illusion; its relation to Cosmic 

Consciousness.




CHAPTER IV



SELF-NESS AND SELFLESSNESS


The Dark Ages. The esoteric meaning of religious practices. The penetrating power of spiritual insight. The 

mystery of conversion. The paradox of Self-attainment and the necessity for selflessness. The Oriental 
teachings regarding the Self. The wisdom of the Illumined Master. The test of fitness for Nirvana. What 

caused Buddha the greatest anxiety? Experiences of Oriental sages and their testimony. What correlation 

exists between Buddha's desire and the attainment of Cosmic Consciousness among Occidental disciples.




CHAPTER V



INSTANCES OF ILLUMINATION AND ITS AFTER EFFECTS


The wonderful brilliancy of Illumination. Dr. Bucke's description of the Cosmic Light; his opinion regarding 

the possibility of becoming more general. Peculiar methods of producing spiritual ecstacy, as described by 
Lord Tennyson and others. The Power and Presence of God, as a reality. The dissolution of race barriers. The





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