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Vor. I. NOVEMBER, 1902. No. 6.

tt Get leave to work In this world—'tis the best you get at all; For God in cursing gives us better gifts Than men in benediction, God says sweat For foreheads—men say crowns—and so we are Aye gashed by some tormenting circle of steel Which snaps with a secret spring—Get work ! Get work ! Be sure "tis better than what you work to get 1"




HAVE been asked Бу the Editor to contribute an article on the

teachings of the Great Saviour of India, whose followers to-day number about five hundred millions of people inhabiting the countries of Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, China, Siberia, Tibet, Cam- bodia, Siam, Cochin China, Burma, India, Arakan, and Ceylon.

Sir Edwin Arnold, in his admirable poem, the Light of Asia,” has, in a marvellous manner, depicted the life and teachings of the Great Teacher, who was born in India, in the city of Kapilavastu, in the kingdom of his father, near the present independent territory of Nepal, on the borders of the Himalayan slope. No better book can be recommended to the English people than the Light of Asia" to know the beautiful and self-sacriftcing life of Sákya Muni.

It is strange that the Religion that was founded Бу а Prince of the Aryan royal family for the welfare of the Aryan people of India should have been banished by the priests of Brahmanism from its birth-place, and that the complete eradication of it from its native soil should have been accomplished by the Arabian invaders of Islam, who conquered India about a thousand years ago. For nearly а. thousand years this purely Aryan Religion, founded by an Aryan Prince, after it had flourished in India for nearly 1,500 years, has been forgotten by the people of India. Attempts are being made by the Mahà Bodhi Society to revive the Religion, and there is every hope that the efforts of the Maha Bodhi Society will be realized, and that in this aoth century the civilized world will witness the resuscitation


of this venerable Religion, and bring happiness to Ше 300 millions of the ignorant, superstitious, caste-ridden people of India,

To correctly understand the doctrines taught by the BUDDHA, one has to study the language and the literature--known as Pali, It was the ancient language spoken by the people in the Gangetic Valley; and as BuppuA’s mission was to teach the people He adopted the language of the people. Sanskrit was the aristocratic language of the priestly Brahmans, who pretended to be the sons of the god Brahma, born out of his mouth. They were, according to their own estimation, pure in caste and white in colour, and all the rest of the Indian people were impure and black. The Sàkya Prince, the future Воррна, belonged to the royal house of the ancient Kshattraja clan of the Iksvakus. He, after his enlightenment, becoming the omniscient Teacher of Gods and men, exposed tbe fraud invented by the Brahmanical promulgators, and declared for the first time as à sociological and anthropological fact that between man and man there is no difference; but that differentiations exists between the different species of animals; and that from a sociological point of view the reigning family, or clan, of a kingdom or community was superior to the priest who presides at ritualistic celebrations ; and above kings and gods, the man of holiness, who has no sin, was supreme. Middle India, according to the Pali texts, is the land where all Buddhas are born. The Buddhas are called Tathagatas. А Tathagata is born at the proper time, before Righteousness begins to wane, so that he may set up the lamp of Law which will last for several hundreds or thousands of years as a beacon-light for erring Humanity.

The Earth's age is reckoned in Buddhism by geological forma- tions. Between each Buddha the period is called a Buddhantara,

and the time at the lowest possible calculation required to make up a Buddhàntara is 57,600,000 years ; and this is the time allowed for a human being, born in the Tusita heaven, to enjoy the celestial delights. In this Bhuddha Каїра there have been the Buddhas KAKUSANDA, KONAGAMANO, КАЅЅАРО, and our Buddha, Goramo, of the Sakya clan; and our holy Religion, therefore, had existed before, but had gone into obscuration, and each Buddha re-discovers truths promulgated by His predecessor; and the Buddha Kakusanda, the first of the series, appeared on this earth 230,520,000 years ago! Vou see, according to the principles of evolution, as taught in Buddha's Religion, before the Crea tor, Gods, and Lords came into existence, our earth had existed and had Religion as well.

The European people, who are now considered very civilized, had not been so a thousand years ago, The Romans and Greeks had a civilization of the Aryan type, but it was destroyed after the conver- sion of Constantine, a ruler noted for his cruelty, who murdered his vifo and son, and whose excessive taxation contributed much to the



downfall of Ше Roman Empire. To quote an article in the Open Court, March, 1902: “Within sixty years of the advent of the Emperor Constantine, three hundred and thirty thousand acres of one of the fairest portions of Italy had been abandoned. Men produced only what would suffice for their immediate needs, for the Govern. ment lay in wait for all savings. Capital vanished, the souls of men were palsied, population fled from what was called civilization, men cried for social death, and invited the coming of barbarians.”

On the foundations of a rotten empire Roman Catholic Christianity grew, and it extended its influence up to the appearance of Luther. Roman Catholicism was introduced into Asia in the 16th century, and the results have been unhealthy so far as Ceylon is concerned, for a great many architectural structures of great antiquity were destroyed by the Portuguese, But Catholicism gained, inas- much as the Buddhistic symbols, such as the rosary, altars, candles, incense, and the architectural designs of churches were copied from Buddhism, The dome of St. Peter's at Rome is simply a duplicate of a Buddhist Dàgoba as is to-day found in the sacred and ancient city of Anuradhapura, in Ceylon.

The present progressive material advancement is due to the scientific investigations of men who, keeping aside theology, made researches in geology, astronomy, physics, chemistry, electricity, philosophy, philology, and psychology. Steam navigation has lessened the distance; and explorers have visited countries lying far away from Гигоре ; and scholars, by their studies in the domain of philology, have found the beauties of the ancient languages of Pali and Sanskrit, and have unearthed hidden gems which are now being appreciated by the University graduates in England, France, Russia, Germany, and America. Since the latter part of the rgth century Christians have begun to send missionaries to Ceylon, India, Burma, Japan, and China, to convert the Buddhists, who are named “heathens,” “pagans,” and ‘“idolators,” and Buddha’s religion is called an atheism and a soul-less religion. Buddhism had been a missionary religion for 2,480 years. Buddha was the first missionary in the world. After he had converted 60 young men of noble families to his new falth He sent them all over India to preach the * Doctrine of Immortality” to all beings. Kings, queens, princes and princesses, nobles and commons, peasants and farmers became His followers ; and for the first time in the history of the modern world a new religion was taught, enunciating the nobility of manhood based on purity and holiness. Dumb animals were saved from the butchers’ and priests’ knives, the uselessness of rituals proclaimed, mystic incantations and magical manifestations, which had occupied a high place, were brought down and classified as “animal sciences." Heaven, which was thought to be a post-mortem existence, was shown


to be a condition to be realized first here оп earth by a pure life, and a new system of ethics was promulgated on a psychological basis, the ego as an unchanging entity ; a spiritual substance was shown to be а phantom; mind, as the chief factor of human evolution and dissolution, was recognised, and the law of cause and effect was enunciated ; mythological religions, monotheistic, pantheistic, nihil- istic, spiritualistic, mystic, hedonistic systems were analysed and relegated to the domain of sensations. Ignorance and selfish desires, as the root cause of all suffering, were emphasised ; metaphysical speculations about the Whence and the Whither were ignored, and the noble eightfold Path proclaimed, viz.:—Sammaditthi, Right Analysis; Sammasamkappo, Right Aspirations of Love and Renuncia- tion ; Sammavácá, Righteous and gentle Speech ; Sammákammanto, Righteous Actions in abstaining from killing, stealing, and sensual in- dulgence; бапта Ajivo, Righteous Livelihood in abstaining from slavery, butchery, selling liquor, poisons, and murderous weapons; Sammávágamo, Right Exertion to increase good and decrease еуі; Sammasati, Right Reflections on the phenomenal nature of Body, of sense experiences, of thought processes ; Sammásamádhi, Right Con- centration of pure thoughts, ending in the realization of absolute enlightenment and happiness in this life and hereafter eternally. Happy is the being who makes an effort to understand the great Truth taught by the BrLEssED ONE, Anagarika H, DHARMAPALA.

From the Rev. H. Dharmapala, World’s Buddhist Missionary,

special Buddhist Representative, World's Parl. of Rel., Chicago, Genl. Secy. Maha Bodhi Society,

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Antique Spoons.


N these days of research, when, on account of the quantity of machinery used, the art of making anything with our hands

is almost lost, we naturally hunt in out-of-the-way corners to find people or tribes who still use their talents in the old way. By means of machinery we are. enabled to travel about the world and hunt out these old corners. There are still some left! In the heart of the Rockies, in China, Australia, India, and Africa; but like the wild animals, these tribes or people are sent further back, the more we with our civilisation advance, and so they become more and more difficult to find. The drawing shows two curious old spoons, and as these children of nature make their pots, jars and spoons, etc., from the patterns given them by their forefathers, and all these patterns are based on the religious belief of their own particular tribe or people, we are enabled by means of these signs to trace back and find what their old belief was, and why all their things are marked іп this way. All tribes, indeed, every nation or community, can be traced back to two great divisions; those who originally worshipped the Moon, and those who originally worshipped the Sun. These are the large divisions; there are of course many sub-divisions which have arisen out of these two. It is also remarkable that those who have worshipped under the Moon “Luna” are the cannibals and those who commit horrible crimes, such as some of the Chinese, the Druids of our own country and others, who hold their religious festivals at night. The Sun worshippers, or those who hold their religious festivals by day, do not commit such atrocities. The two spoons here represented both come from the same great race, those who worship the Moon; but the lesser of the two belongs to one of the races who broke off from the original and took up a line of its own, I now propose that we look at the signs of the lesser spoon, and the interpretation thereof. Beginning at the base or handle, we see the beak and eye of a bird. This indicates that its owners travelled, or migrated, generally across a desert or sandy place. In this case, however, it was not over sand, but by water, that they went. The sign next the bird's head, shown on the drawings marked front of spoon,” is the round mark of the full moon, which always indicates he Moon worshippers. But it is enclosed in a scroll, with rivers marked narrow, rushes tall, and trees overhanging the water; the latter are shown by the light strokes obliquely drawn between the half circles of the Moon, Further up the handle of the spoon we find a


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canoe, with the full Moon shining on it and water surrounding it, but the two points touching half circles or islands: this indicates that the people were traders between these islands We know these to be islands, since they also are surrounded by water ; the reeds, or rushes, are marked higher up on the spoon, nearly touching the bowl Just above the full Moon in the scroll we see a rather curious mark, it looks something like а very small harp, and indicates that the people of this tribe were beautiful singers, and this is the instrument to which they played and sang. How exquisite their voices must have sounded on the rivers, as they glided among the rushes, or under the large overhanging trees. This sign is found on the old relics possessed by the people in the Hartz Mountains, who train canaries to sing through reeds placed under water, whereby they lose the shrill notes which are so objectionable in most canary birds. Our bargees are also descendants of these races, though there are few now who have marvellous voices, but the shape of the head is similar. Also they have an intense love of the water, they are the most difficult race to get at and almost impossible to educate, being always on the move, and no persuasion will induce them to leave the water, Even if you persuade a mother to leave her child to be educated, you will find that sooner or later it goes back to its old life, in spite of the hardness and exposure, so innate is the love of the water. But to return to the spoon, the back shows, as you will see. the same signs as the front, with one addition, a pair of great white wings. In their tradings somewhere among the islands on the large rivers, these people must have come across large sailing vessels. "These always went by the name of the “Great white birds," This sign appearing only on the back of the spoon seems to indicate its addition at a later date. The spoon itself is made of a rough kind of silver, almost looking like refuse silver, and was scratched when soft by some sharp instrument, probably a very sharp thorn. Let us now turn to the other spoon, and by the signs thereon read its history also. "There is no doubt that this, too, belongs to the Moon worshippers, the large round, full moon, clearly marked in the inside and Ше outside of the bowl tells its own tale. From the handle of the spoon, we see that their religious festivities must have been the chief occurrences of their lives, for there are various portions of the body scattered about on the handle of the spoon, the eye, the hand, and a portion of the arm being clearly marked. These also have the beak of the bird, showing them to be wanderers over the desert, they have little islands clearly marked, but there is no water surrounding them, only bare spaces, shewing that these islands were coasts. At the base of the handle of the spoon will be seen a small V, higher up again on the bowl of the spoon a large H, then higher up again a large B—none but the priests have these signs, each of these letters is a number and shows


that Ше priest held a high office and was learned in all great learning; we find the same letters оп Ше ancient religious manuscrlpts of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, Assyrians and Cretans. Тһе inside of the spoon is shaped like a skull, and now we come to what perhaps is the strangest sign of all, that of the diamond with the long drawn out point at the base, this is the nearest sign of the Cross at which these races or tribes arrive, and any tribe having the token on their pots, spoons or garments, will be the easiest to convert to Christianity. MaGDALEN Forges WILLIAMS.

Christian Science: Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting.


OR many years, I have at times been brought into touch with Christian Science " and its allied schools. I have read their books, attended their lectures, conversed with their exponents, and—seen their failures, sometimes subsequently treated жив success by rational medicines, Му investigations were not conducive to a further prosecution of the study. I have met a high priestess of the cult who utterly failed to cure herself, and at length abandoned it in disgust ; becoming, moreover, during her priestesshood, bigoted and intolerant of the opinions of others. I have met another who claimed that through metaphysical healing she would never die, but who looked at least ten years older than when I saw her ten years before, and, in addition, was not nearly so amusing as formerly. I have read, from the pen of another, а series of malicious slanders concerning a well-known occultist, which were absurdly false, and about the truth of which she had evidently never taken the trouble to inquire, a proceeding which was neither Christian " nor scientific." So I said to myself, By their fruits ye shall know them,”

The most astounding confession of failure was recorded in the Daily Май, sometime in 1899. Mrs. Baker С. Eddy, the founder of the Christian Scientists, is lying critically ill at her home at Concord, New Hampshire, Тһе leading Christian Scientists of the United States have been summoned to her bedside to make the supreme test of their faith in their endeavour to save her.” It seems,


therefore, that their vaunted method of healing from a distance was inoperative in the case of their leader, the * real presence" of the faithful being required. Again, how did Mrs. Eddy become ill at all? If disease is simply an illusion of ** mortal mind,” she was only under the illusion of being ill. Why, therefore, make this fuss about it ? There was nothing to be cured. It is like the question of the infallibility of the Pope. What need was there for а CEcumenical Council to decide the point? If the Pope were infallible, all he had to do was to say so, and the matter was ended.

I was told, however, by а recent convert, that I ought to read their inspired Bible, Mrs. Eddy's ** Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures.” This I have done, taking the edition of 1902. Тһе author asserts more than once, that the mere reading of her book has cured disease: if so, then Homceopathy receives an additional argument in its favour; for certainly I experienced more than one headache from wading through the deadly-dull pages of that dreary volume, full of egoistic assumptions, verbose and tautological to a degree,

‘The book recalled to mind the facetious definition of metaphysics : * When one man is trying to explain what he does not understand to another who has not the least idea what the former is talking about." Metaphysics are here everything ; if the facts established by our senses (including common sense ") are opposed to her hypotheses, so much the worse for the facts. But facts are stubborn things, as Goethe Shows, In the second part of Faust," the following colloquy occurs between Mephistopheles and a Baccalaureus :—

Meru.—The Devil, here, has nothing more to say.

Bacc. —Save through my will, no Devil can there be.

МЕРН (aside).—The Devil, though, will trip thee presently.

Bayard Taylor relates an amusing story ої Fichte, whom Goethe satirised as the Idealist, “It is generally admitted that this is Fichte, who, to borrow the words of a German commentator, ‘comprehended the Not-Me itself as a product of the self-determined Me, and not as something existing externally to the Ме” When Goethe heard that a company of riotous students had collected before Fichte's house, and smashed his windows, he remarked that Fichte might now con- vince himself in the most disagreeable way that it was possible Чога Not-Me to exist, externally to the Ме."

Christian Science has lately been defined as the deification of I-Myself.” One of the mottoes of this volume justifies this criticism :

“1, I, I, I itself, 1, The inside and the outside, the what and the why, The when and the where, the low and the high, All I, I, I, I itself, I."


This amazing piece of doggerel is labelled * Anonymous." I am not surprised that the author was ashamed of it.

Mrs. Eddy blows her own trumpet with no uncertain sound, She equally denounces Agnosticism, Pantheism, Spiritualism, Hypnotism, Mesmerism, Animal Magnetism, Will-Power, Theosophy, and Esoteric Magic. She, figuratively speaking, keeps savage dogs, and sets man- traps and spring-guns, to keep trespassers off her preserves. Various books on mental healing have since [1875] been issued, most of which are incorrect in theory, and filled with plagiarisms from ‘Science and Health. They regard the human mind as a healing agent, whereas this mind is not a factor in the Principle of Christian Science. . . . In following these leadings of scientific revelation, the Bible was my only text-book. . . . No human pen or tongue taught me the Science contained in this book, . . . andneither tongue nor pen can ever overthrow її . . . Christian Science is indivisible. There can therefore be but one method in its teaching. Those who depart from this method forfeit their claims to belong to its school; . . . by which is meant that they adopt and adhere to some particular system of human opinions. Although these opinions may have occasional gleams of divinity borrowed from that truly divine Science which eschews man-made systems, they neverthe- less remain intensely human in their origin and tendency, and are not scientifically Christian. . . . Апу theory of Christian Science which departs from what has already been stated and proved to be true, affords no foundation whereupon to establish a genuine school of this Science. . . . Our Master . . . taught the generalities of its divine Principle to his students; but he left no definite rule for demonstrating this Principle of healing and preventing disease. This remained to be discovered through Christian Science. . . . I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his Apostles, of the Prophets, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind. . . . Whosoever affirms that there is more than one Principle and method of teaching Christian Science greatly errs, ignorantly ог intentionally, and separates himself from the true con- ception of its healing, and hence from its possible demonstration " (х., 110, 112, 147, 269, 456).

There is no mistaking this teaching. No Revolt from Rome” is permitted ; whosoever does not believe the Christian Science faith, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly, and is already Anathema Maranatha! Mrs. Eddy is the опе and final inspired teacher—all others are counterfeits; she has even completed the imperfect teachings of Jesus! She certainly deserves credit for her self-restraint in not proclaiming herself a feminine incarnation of the Deity, How- ever, there are already in England two ladies who each make that astounding claim, one of whom had been a student of Christian


Science. Perchance, however, in some distant zon, а new Mariolatry will arise, and the Goddess Eddy be worshipped with due rites.

Mrs. Eddy writes :—" As adherents of Truth we take the inspired Word of the Bible for our guide to eternal life" (p. 497). But her teachings are not always in accordance with that venerable collection of records, She says: "Theology and physics teach that both Spirit and matter are real and good; whereas the fact is that one ts good and real, and the other is its opposite” (viii.). Іп my childhood I was taught from the Bible that God created this material world in six successive stages, and at each stage He pronounced it to be '* good." Mrs, Eddy should go to Sunday-school again.

Again we are taught: The supposition that corporeal beings are spirits, or that there are good and evil spirits is a mistake. . . . Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative, governing, infinite Principle, outside of finite form, which forms only reflect, . . . God

is the only Spirit. . . . Incorrect is the belief that spirit is confined here in a finite, material body, from which it is freed by death. . . . Matter seemeth to be, but is not. . . . Matter will finally be proven nothing more than a mortal belief. Matter is the falsity, not the fact of existence . . . nerves, brain, stomach, lungs, and so forth have, as matter, no intelligence, life, or sensation. . . . The term souls, or spirits, is as improper as the term gods. . . . There is no finite soul or spirit" (рр. 70, 71, 73, 123, 125, 127, 466). This is simply the ancient hypothesis that all, except the Absolute, is Afaya, illusion. The system, therefore, should be called Buddhist Science, if it is science at all—for Christ never taught it, If Mrs. Eddy denies the existence of finite spirits, she denies Jesus and the Bible; for is it not recorded that Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus at the Transfiguration ; and were they not finite spirits, once dwelling in finite material bodies? And did not the Apostle write, “There are gods many and lords many"? Mrs. Eddy is not so orthodox as she deems.

Mrs. Eddy further says: “The fifth erroneous postulate is that matter holds in itself the issues of life and death ; that it is not only capable of experiencing pleasure and pain, but also capable of im- parting those sensations. From the illusion implied in this last postulate arises the decomposition of mortal bodies in what is called death. . . . This so-called sense still . . . ordains certain sections of matter, such as brain and nerves, as the seats of pain and pleasure " (pp. 92, 122).

I think that if Mrs. Eddy's sciatic nerve were suddenly severed without previous anzesthetization, if she did not at once die—I mean fall into the illusion that she was dead—from the shock of the sacri- legious hand of a surgeon being laid upon her sacred person, she would utter a howl of agony that would notify to all Christian Scien-


tists in the neighbourhood that this nerve, at least, was the seat of sensation. Moreover, this argument is fraught with serious conse- quences to the rising generation: it is almost immoral, for it is subversive of all nursery discipline. Suppose a youthful Christian Scientist is naughty, and has to be spanked. No sooner is the little rascal placed in position across the parental knee, than he will “realise” that * there is no sensation in matter" ; and next day he will write to the Christian Science Juvenile Magazine, describing how the subsequent proceedings interested him no more."

Mrs, Eddy states: To material sense the severance of the jugular vein takes away life” (p. 122). Will she allow the experiment to be tried on herself? Volenti non fit injuria.

Again, According to human belief the lightning is fierce, and the electric current swift ; yet in Christian Science the flight of one and the blow of the other will become harmless" (p. 97). Telamonian Ajax defying the lightning was, under the circumstances, heroic ; but Mrs. Ajax Eddy, feebly imitating her prototype, is an anti-climax. A church was once struck by lightning, and an irreverent Yankee observed, Wal, the Almighty's good, but He's darned careless.” Had Mrs. Eddy been struck by the flash, it to be presumed that the remark would have been quite unnecessary. But will she put this matter to the practical test, and submit to electrocution? However, on second thoughts, it is to be hoped that the experiment will not be made; it might encourage Messieurs Jes assassins; and a murderer who had, by Christian Science, successfully defied the terrors of the electrocution chair would be deemed a hero, and possibly would run Гог the * Presidency.

Mrs, Eddy writes: '* Become conscious for a single moment that life and intelligence are purely spiritual, neither in nor of matter, then the body will utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well" (p. 14). Тһе only objection to this statement is that it proves fallacious when tested. What about Mrs. Eddy’s late illness, and her increasing feebleness from old age ?"

The author also tells us what God and His messengers did and did not do. ‘God does not employ drugs or hygiene, nor provide them Гог human use: else Jesus also would have recommended and

employed them in his healing. . . . Не prescribed no drugs, urged no obedience to material laws, but acted in direct disobedience thereto. . . . Drugs, cataplasms, and whiskey, are stupid substi-

tutes for the dignity and potency of divine Mind, and its efficacy to heal" (p. 143, 148, 158) Тһе celebrated Augustus Tomlinson, ex-highwayman and moral philosopher, in his Maxims on the Popu-

* With our apologies to the great American nation,


lar Art of Cheating" says: “Whenever you are about to utter some- thing astonishingly false, always begin with, ‘It is an acknowledged fact!" A reference to the Bible, Mrs. Eddy's professed text-book, shows that the writings attributed to Moses are full of hygiene ; that Isaiah prescribed a cataplasm of figs ; Paul prescribed a little wine to Timothy ; and Jesus placed clay, moistened in saliva, on the eyes of a blind man, and commanded him to wash in the pool of Siloam.

Mrs. Eddy affirms that “Jesus . . . restored Lazarus by the understanding that he had never died, not by an admission that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had lived or died in his body, he would have stood on the same plane of belief with those who buried the body, and he could not therefore have resuscitated it. When you can waken yourself or others out of the belief that all must die, you can then exercise Jesus’ spiritual power to reproduce the presence of those who thought they had died, but not otherwise” (p. 75). Then why does not Mrs. Eddy pay a visit to the cemetery and raise the corpses who think they are dead"? But in John xi, 14, it is written: “Then Jesus therefore said unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." I fear Mrs. Eddy does not believe the words of her Master.

Again she shows her want of acquaintance with the Gospels. “If seed is necessary to produce wheat, and wheat to produce flour, or if one animal can originate another, how then can we account for their primal origin? How were the loaves and fishes multiplied on the shores of Galilee, and that too without meal or monad, from which loaf or fish could come"? (p.p. 89-90). I advise Mrs. Eddy to refer again to the sacred narrative, then she will find that there were loaves and fishes actually present, the material basis for the subsequent trans- mutation, Of course, Mrs. Eddy cannot be expected to understand thc modus operandi of the miracle."

Again,“ Will power is not Science. It belongs to the senses, and its use is to be condemned. Willing the sick to recover is not the metaphysical practice of Christian Science, but is sheer animal magnetism . . . Will power is capable of all evil, It can never heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous" (p.p. 144, 206). It is recorded that Jesus said to a leper, “1 will: be thou made clean." "Therefore, according to Mrs. Eddy, Jesus was a sorcerer, and unrighteous! Is Christian Science the predicted Antichrist ?

Again she says: The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the benefits of destroying that illusion, are illustrated in a sketch from the history of an English lady, published in the Zancet. . Men and women, of riper years and larger lessons, ought to grow in beauty and immortality, instead of lapsing into age and frailty” (p.p. 245, 248). Тһе case in question is that of a lady who had a love disappointment resulting in insanity; she always thought


she was living in the same hour that parted her from her lover, and is said to have looked youthful at 74. But such a case is unique ; lunatics are not usually remarkable for their good looks, but very often for the reverse : and, without Mrs. Eddy's authority, I should hardly have ventured to connect Christian Science with dementia: but perhaps she knows best. It is, however, recorded that the celebrated Ninon de I’ Enclos retained her youthful beauty to such an advanced age, that her own grandson fell in love with her, and committed suicide on being informed of the relationship. Hence Gladstone's proverbial “three courses" are open to those who desire to remain beautiful for ever," without having recourse to Madame Rachel: (1) Christian Science ; (2) Insanity from a love disappointment ; (3) the life of haute courtisane.

Mrs Eddy's views on marriage are unique: I hesitate to call them advanced,” as the term might be misconstrued ; but they are certainly sui generis. “Until it is learned that God is the father of all, let marriage continue (p. 64).

Mrs. Eddy says: Because the muscles of the blacksmith’s arm are strongly developed, it does not follow that exercise has produced this result, or that a less-used arm must be weak. . . . The trip- hammer is not increased in size by exercise. | Why not, since muscles are as material as wood and iron? Because nobody believes that mind is producing that result on the iron" (p.p. 198-9). Is Mrs. Eddy really ignorant of the difference between organic and inorganic matter? Ог is her ignorance merelv assumed ?

Finally she denies the inherent power either of medicine or poison. ‘It is a mortal belief, not divine Principle or Love, which causes a drug to be apparently either poisonous or sanative When the sick recover by the use of drugs, it is the law of a general belief culminating in individual faith, which heals; and according to this faith will the effect be. Even when you take away the individual confidence in the drug, you have not yet divorced it from the general faith. The chemist, the botanist, the druggist, the doctor, and the nurse, equip the medicine with their faith, and the beliefs that are in majority rule . . . Unsupported by the faith reposed therein, the inanimate drug becomes powerless. . . . If a dose of poison is swallowed through mistake, and the patient dies, even though physician and patient are expecting favorable results, does human belief, you ask, cause this death? Even so; and as directly as if the poison had been intentionally taken. In such cases, a few persons believe the potion swallowed by the patient to be harmless; but the vast majority of mankind, though they know nothing of this particular case and this special person, believe the arsenic, the strychnine, or whatever the drug used, to be poisonous, for it has been set down as a poison by mortal mind. The consequence is that the result is


controlled by the majority of opinions outside, not by the infinitesimal minority of opinion in the sick chamber " (p.p. 12, 155, 160, 177-8). To this extraordinary argument, I simply reply by this question: How did the first fatal dose of arsenic become poisonous ; and how account for the action of a newly-discovered, or newly-manufactured poison ?

There is, however, one sentence in this pretentious book with which I absolutely agree : '* Communications gathered from ignorance are pernicious in tendency " (p. 78). Yea, verily!

[Weighed in the balance of Logic, Christian Science is indeed wanting, but So are most creeds to a greater or less extent. However, Logic does not save the world. ‘It is Faith that saves.” ** By their fruits ye shall know them." Christain Scientists have a long roll of trophies to show, and if, as their opponents claim, their cures are all cases of Nerves or IHypochondria, are these not worth curíng ? Drugs cando little, if anything, for these,

It is true that Mrs. Eddy is a sort of Pope, in her way, but why not as long as а section of humanity WILL have an Autocracy? They (and we) will grow wiser, In the meantime—

** A man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for ?”

Let us not criticise too harshly any who are doing a good work in a way which is not our way—''Judge not that ye be not judged, for with whatsoever measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

For a kindly unbiassed statement against Christian Science, see The Strength of the Bias,” by Margaret Messenger, in Eleanor Kirk’s Idea” for October. By the way, the Ipga is one of the really good New Thought Journals, and is full of Ideas—practical ones.—Ep.]

** And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet until his disease was exceedingly great: yet in his disease he sought not the Lord, but to the physicians, And Asa slept with his fathers, and died іп the one and fortieth year of his reign.” 2 Chronicles xvi, 12-13.

Always bear in mind that profound sentence of Leibnitz, that men’s intellectual errors consist chiefly in denying, | What they affirm with feeling is for the most part right if it be a real affirmation, and not affirmative in form, nega- tive in reality. Ав for instance, when a man praises the French stage meaning and implying his dislike for the Elizabethan dramatists. -CoLeRiver ANIMA Para.


Intuition and Reason. (Continued from p. 172)


While Reason works from the circumference, Intuition starts from the centre, going right to the heart of things, thereby enabling truth to flow downwards and outwards, and so displace error as it comes across it. To put it briefly; Intuition being insight, perceives ; Reason being only onsight, infers. Reason is self-confident, but Intuition is self-evident.

As an illustration of a perceived intuitive truth: we /ove. We not only love, but we know we love. We do not think, or infer, ог logically deduce, or argue the pros and cons, but we know, and no amount of intellectual reasoning can for one instant alter an imbedded fact of our consciousness like that.

I admit that some so-called intuitive perceptions are often a process—unconsciously no doubt—of such rapid reasoning as to be almost instantaneous, making them, for all practical purposes, intuit- ive perceptions; still that is a very different thing to Intuition itself, there being certain truths that can only be grasped by Intuition, lying, as they do, outside, or beyond the realm of Reason. Reason and ordinary perception belong to the mental plane; Intuition, in its true sense to the spiritual ; and I do not see how anyone can possess it, even in the slightest degree, unless, to that extent, he or she is in touch with the higher plane, although possibly unconscious of it. It may almost be termed spiritual perception, being in many ways synonymous with it, and is a faculty that only a few of our race possess consciously. By means of it we realize in our own experience, as an actuality, the oneness and unity of all things. This truth may be held as an intellectual concept,'but that is very different to knowing it has а fact of one's own consciousness.

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