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The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul The Findings of Natural Science Reduced to Practical Studies in Psychology   By: (1838-1916)

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THE NEW AVATAR and The Destiny of the Soul

THE FINDINGS OF NATURAL SCIENCE REDUCED TO PRACTICAL STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY

By JIRAH D. BUCK, M.D.

Author of "Mystic Masonry," "A Study of Man," "Christos," "The Genius of Freemasonry," "Constructive Psychology," "The Lost Word Found," "Browning's Paracelsus," and other MSS.

SECOND EDITION 1916

INDO AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY (Not Inc.)

5705 SOUTH BOULEVARD CHICAGO ILL.

COPYRIGHT STEWART & KIDD CO. 1911 Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England

All Rights Reserved

TO THE

GREAT FRIENDS

THE HELPERS VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WHOSE DEEPEST MOTIVE AND HIGHEST AIM ARE TO ENCOURAGE, UPLIFT, AND INSPIRE

THOSE WHO NEED;

THAT ALL, AT LAST, MAY STAND

TOGETHER

IN THE MIDST OF THE RADIANT SPLENDOR OF

ETERNAL TRUTH

CONTENTS

FOREWORD xi

INTRODUCTION xvii

SECTION ONE

STUDIES IN PSYCHOLOGY

I. CLASSIFICATION OF FACULTIES, CAPACITIES, AND POWERS 3

II. EMPIRICAL AND SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE 9

III. MEDIUMSHIP, SEERSHIP, AND HYPNOSIS 18

IV. THE MEASURE OF VALUES 29

V. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS 50

VI. THE CROSS IN RELIGION AND THE CRUX IN SCIENCE WITH THE GREAT WORK IN AMERICA 68

VII. THE MODULUS OF NATURE AND THE THEOREM OF PSYCHOLOGY 93

SECTION TWO

THE NEW AVATAR OF NATURAL SCIENCE

VIII. OUR INDEBTEDNESS TO ANCIENT INDIA 111

IX. HERO WORSHIP AND FOLKLORE 136

X. CORROBORATIVE EVIDENCE 146

XI. CONCEPTIONS AND PORTENTS OF AN AVATAR 151

XII. PORTENTS OF THE PRESENT TIME 164

XIII. THE SEPARABLE SOUL IN FOLKLORE 171

XIV. FROM CONFUSION TO CONSTRUCTION 191

XV. THE SCIENCE OF PSYCHOLOGY AS A KNOWLEDGE OF THE HUMAN SOUL 208

XVI. THE NEW AVATAR 218

NOTES 223

FOREWORD

The reader who is willing to give the following pages a careful reading, and a courteous hearing, is entitled to know the basis of study, observation or experience from which the suggestions, inferences and conclusions proceed, in order that he may fairly estimate their value.

At the age of seventy two, my egotism is at least softened by the discovery of the many things I do not know; and my dogmatism, so far as it ever existed, is equally relaxed by the realization that it is a bar to light and knowledge, which rest so largely on demonstration.

For more than forty five years I have been engaged in the active practice of medicine with consultations extending over three States.

For an equal length of time I have lectured in Medical Colleges, fifteen years on the subject of Physiology, an equal number on Therapeutics (including Pathology and Histology), and for the last fifteen years on Psychology, Mental and Nervous Diseases, and all this time with a large College Clinic from the poorer classes.

From first to last, my "Study of Medicine" has been generically and specifically a "Study of Man," physical, mental, ethical, and psychical.

Outside of Medicine as a "Calling" or a "Profession" my real interest has been to unravel the nature of man, grasp the problem of human life, and to apprehend the nature, laws, and destiny of the human soul. My library covers a rather continuous thread from 1543, and the time of Paracelsus, to Profs. James, Ladd, Lombroso, Sir Oliver Lodge, and M√ľnsterberg.

My reading dips into the Sacred Books of the East, the records of the Past, and particularly the psychic phenomena of different ages, finding at last the Constructive Theorem clearer than anywhere else in the "School of Natural Science," from the fact that it is demonstrably cognizant of all preceding work, and definitely conforms to the strict demands of Science Physical, Mental, Ethical, Psychical and Spiritual, and proves to be the very thing for which I have searched for nearly half a century... Continue reading book >>




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