Knowledge Versus Faith





As a matter of fact, as all the advanced students and teachers of the

occult doctrine know full well, we have no direct knowledge whatsoever

of anything that is "outside of the realm of nature, and of Nature's

laws." It is true that we may, by an act of faith, profess to believe in

powers and beings entirely apart from the great realm of Nature--in

fact, most persons do believe in such powers and beings in connection

with their formal religion--but their belief is entirely within the

category of Faith, and is not even pretended to be based upon actual

experience and phenomenal manifestation.



The moment that there appears any manifestation which is possible of

being known to, or experienced by, the human senses, ordinary or

extraordinary, that moment the phenomena and the immediate cause thereof

must be regarded as being properly classed in the category of "natural."

This is true not only of such phenomena as are perceived by means of our

ordinary five senses, but also of those which are perceptible only to

the highest powers of perception, or higher senses, which are latent in

all human beings but which are unfolded only in the case of a

comparatively few individuals of the race.



It should be clearly understood by all students of occultism or psychic

phenomena that man's knowledge and experience, normal or supernormal, is

confined to the realm of Nature. There is a "ring pass-not" around the

boundaries of the Kingdom of Nature which mortals cannot pass, no matter

how high may be their degree of development and advancement. Even those

great mystics whose writings are filled with the startling revelations

of "union with the Divine," and of "At-one-ment with Deity," are under

no illusion concerning this fact they know full well that only in so far

as Deity involves itself in Nature--wraps itself up in the garments of

Nature--can it be directly experienced by man, and thus actually known

by him.





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