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Swami Panchadasi

Author of "The Human Aura," "The Astral World," Etc.



The skeptical person who "believes only the evidence of his senses." The
man who has much to say about "horse sense." "Common Sense" versus
Uncommon Senses. The ordinary five senses are not the only senses. The
ordinary senses are not as infallible as many think them. Illusions of the
five physical senses. What is back of the organs of physical sense. All
senses an evolution of the sense of feeling. How the mind receives the
report of the senses. The Real Knower behind the senses. What the
unfolding of new senses means to man. The super-physical senses. The
Astral Senses. Man has seven physical senses, instead of merely five. Each
physical sense has its astral sense counterpart. What the astral senses
are. Sensing on the astral plane. How the mind functions on the astral
plane, by means of the astral senses. The unfolding of the Astral Senses
opens up a new world of experience to man.

The two extra physical senses of man. The extra sense of "the presence of
other living things." The "telepathic sense." How man may sense the
presence of other living things apart from the operation of his ordinary
five physical senses. This power is strongly developed in savages and
barbarians, but has become atrophied in most civilized men, by continued
disuse. It is now vestigal in civilized man, but may be developed by
practice. Animals have this extra sense highly developed, and it plays a
very important part in their protection from enemies; their capture of
prey, etc. The strange actions of dogs, horses, etc., explained. How the
geese saved Rome by reason of this sense. All hunters have experienced
evidences of the existence of this sense on the part of animals. The
physical telepathic sense. How it operates. Interesting instances of its
possession by animals, and savage tribes. Women possess it strongly. The
distinction between this form of thought-transference and clairvoyance.

What "telepathy" means. The mental process by which one "knows at a
distance." The sending and receiving of waves and currents of thought and
feeling. Thought vibrations, and how they are caused. The part played by
the cerebrum, cerebellum, and medulla oblongata - the three brains of man.
The part played by the solar plexus and other great nervous centres. How
thought messages are received. How states of emotional excitement are
transmitted to others. The Pineal Gland: what it is, and what it does. The
important part it plays in telepathy and thought-transference. Mental
atmospheres. Psychic atmospheres of audiences, towns, houses, stores, etc.
Why you are not affected by all thought vibrations in equal measure and
strength. How thought vibrations are neutralized. Affinities and
repulsions between different thought vibrations. Interesting facts
concerning telepathy. Scientific explanations of telepathy.

The important investigations of the Society for Psychical Research. True
telepathy and pseudo-telepathy; how they are distinguished by scientists.
Strict tests imposed in investigations. The celebrated "Creery
Experiments," and how they were conducted. The elaboration of the
"guessing" game. Seventeen cards chosen right, in straight succession.
Precautions against fraud or collusion. Two hundred and ten successes out
of a possible three hundred and eighty-two. Science pronounces the results
as entirely beyond the law of coincidences and mathematical probability;
and that the phenomena were genuine and real telepathy. Still more
wonderful tests. Telepathy an incontestable reality. "A psychic force
transmitting ideas and thoughts." Interesting cases of spontaneous
telepathy, scientifically proven. Extracts from the scientific records.
Cold scientific reports read like a romance, and prove beyond doubt the
reality of this great field of phenomena.

What "Mind-Reading" is. The two phases of Mind-Reading. Mind-Reading with
physical contact; and without physical contact. Why the scientific
investigators make the distinction. Why science has been over-cautious;
and how it falls short of the full understanding of contact Mind-Reading.
How the thought-waves flow along the nerves of the projector and
recipient. Like telegraphy over wires, as compared with the wireless
method. How to learn by actual experience, and not alone by reading books.
How to experiment for yourself; and how to obtain the best results in
Mind-Reading. The working principles of Mind-Reading stated. Full
directions and instruction given for the successful performance of the
interesting feats. This lesson is really a little manual of
practical instruction in Mind-Reading, and the higher phases of
Thought-Transference. The person carefully studying and applying the
principles taught therein should become very proficient in both private
and public manifestations.

What Clairvoyance really is; and what it is not. The faculty of acquiring
super-normal knowledge of facts and happening at a distance, or in past or
future time, independent of the ordinary senses, and independent of
telepathic reading of the minds of others. The different kinds of
Clairvoyance described. What is Psychometry? Clairvoyant en rapport
relations on the astral plane, with distant, past or future happenings and
events; by means of a connecting material link. How to obtain the psychic
affinity or astral relation to other things by means of a bit of stone,
lock of hair, article of wearing apparel, etc. Interesting instances of
clairvoyant psychometry. How to go about the work of psychometrizing. How
to develop the power. How to secure the best conditions; and what to do
when you have obtained them. Psychometry develops the occultist for still
higher clairvoyant powers.

The second great method of securing clairvoyant en rapport relations with
the astral plane. How the crystal, magic-mirror, etc., serves to focus the
psychic energy of the clairvoyant person. The crystal serves the purpose
of a psychic microscope or telescope. How crystals tend to become
polarized to the vibrations of their owner. Why crystals should be
preserved for the personal use of their owners. The use of crystals, or
other forms of shining objects, by different peoples in ancient and modern
times. How they are employed in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands,
South America, etc., by the primitive tribes. Various substitutes for the
crystal. Full directions for Crystal Gazing. Complete instructions and
warnings. All stages described, from the first "milky mist" to the clearly
defined "psychic photograph." The Astral Tube, and the part it plays in
Crystal Gazing. A complete little text-book of the subject.

The higher forms of Clairvoyance, and how they may be cultivated and
acquired. Trance conditions not essential to highest Clairvoyance,
although often connected therewith. In Clairvoyant Reverie, the
clairvoyant does not become unconscious; but merely "shuts out" the
outside world of sights and sounds. Shifting the consciousness from the
physical plane to the astral. Clairvoyant Reverie may be safely and
effectively induced by mental concentration alone. Artificial methods
dangerous, and not advised by best authorities. Abnormal conditions not
desirable. The "one pointed" mind. The Clairvoyant "day dream" or "brown
study." False "psychic development." Use of hypnotic drugs strongly
condemned. Scientific psychological methods stated and taught. The laws of
attention and concentration of the mind. How Clairvoyance develops by this
method. The true occult instruction given fully.

What the Clairvoyant senses in Simple Clairvoyance. Perception of the
Aura, and Auric Emanations of others; Psychic Vibrations; Astral Colors;
Thought Currents, Waves and Vibrations, etc., are features of Simple
Clairvoyance. The beautiful kaleidoscopic spectacle of the Auric changes.
The Prana Aura, and its appearances. The Mental and Emotional Aura, and
its many interesting phases. Perception of Astral Thought-Forms. Other
Astral Phenomena. The Astral World, and its Myriad Manifestations. Strange
aspects of Astral Visioning. "Seeing through a Brick-wall." The X-Ray
Vision. Reading from closed books, sealed envelopes, etc., and how it is
explainable. Seeing into the depths of the earth, and the occult
explanation thereof. The Laws and Principles of this Extraordinary Power.
Magnifying and Diminishing Clairvoyant Vision. A wonderful field for
experiment opened out for the student.

The characteristics of Space Clairvoyance. The Astral Seeing of Distant
Scenes; and through intervening objects. Remarkable instances of this
power, well authenticated and established. Interesting and instructive
historical cases recorded and explained. Testimony of the Society for
Psychical Research concerning this phase of Clairvoyance. The interesting
case of W.T. Stead, the celebrated English writer, who went down on the
"Titanic." The important testimony of Swedenborg, the eminent religious
teacher. Other well-authenticated cases happening to well-known persons.
The evidence collected by the Society for Psychical Research. Interesting
German case. Why so many cases of this kind happen when the person is on
his death-bed, or seriously ill. Why such experiences often occur in
dreams. Actual "appearance" of persons at a distance, and how explained.
Important and interesting facts recited in connection with this phase of

The clairvoyant perception of the facts, events and happenings of past
time. There is no difference in the nature of this strange phenomenon,
whether the past time be but five minutes or else five thousand years. How
is it possible to "see" a thing that no longer exists? The "just how" of
this strange happening. Nothing could be perceived if it had actually
disappeared from existence. But nothing entirely disappears in fact. On
the astral plane are recorded all things, events and happenings since the
beginning of the present world-cycle. The "Akashic Records;" or the
"Astral Light;" constitute the great record books of the past. The
clairvoyant gaining access to these may read the past like a book.
Analogies in physical science. Interesting scientific facts. What
astronomy teaches on the subject. How the records of the past are stored.
How they are read by the clairvoyant. A fascinating subject clearly
presented and explained.

The clairvoyant power manifest in all forms of perception of facts,
happenings and events of future time. Explanation of Prophecy, Prevision,
Foretelling, Second-Sight, etc. These powers not supernatural; but are
merely the development of the clairvoyant faculties. How may a thing be
"seen" years before it really exists. Nothing could be seen, unless it
existed in some form, at least potential and latent. Keen perception of
the subconscious faculties. Subconscious reasoning from cause to effect.
Coming events cast their shadows before. Fate vs. Free-Will. "Time is but
a relative mode of regarding things." "Events may, in some sense, exist
always, both past and future." Time like a moving-picture reel, containing
the future scene at the present moment, though out of sight. Analogy of
dream-time. An Absolute Consciousness in which past, present and future
exist as a single perception. A glimpse of a transcendental truth. How to
acquire the faculty of Future-Clairvoyance.

Many persons, in all times, in all lands, have possessed the gift of
looking into the future. Not a superstition, but a scientific fact. The
Investigations of the scientific bodies. The Society for Psychical
Research, and its reports on this phase of Clairvoyance. Interesting case
told by a leading Theosophist. Tragedy and Funeral foreseen by Clairvoyant
Prevision, or Second-Sight. Historical instances. George Fox, the Quaker,
and his Second-Sight. The prophecy of the Death of Caesar. Biblical
instances. The celebrated case of Cazotte, which has become a matter of
history. How Cazotte foretold the coming of the French Revolution,
including the fate of eminent personages present at the time of the
prophecy. A startling occurrence, well worthy of careful study. The
historical case of the assassination of Spencer Perceval, Chancellor of
the Exchequer. Other well-authenticated cases. Symbolic visions. Irish and
Scotch cases.

Astral visioning in Clairvoyance, and visioning by means of the Astral
Body. The difference between the two phases of clairvoyant phenomena. The
characteristics of Astral-Body traveling. How one traveling in the Astral
Body may "see all around him," instead of merely gazing at an astral
picture. Limitations of Astral-Body visioning. What the Astral-Body really
is; and what it is like. How it disengages itself from the physical body,
and travels in space. Many persons "travel in the astral" during ordinary
sleep. Occult teachings regarding Astral-Body traveling. How dying persons
often travel in the astral-body, before death. Many interesting cases
cited, all well-authenticated by scientific investigation. Society for
Psychical Research's records and reports on such cases. Dangers of
uninstructed persons going out on the astral, except in dream state.
"Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." A timely warning. A most
important and interesting subject.

Additional phases of Astral Phenomena. Projection of Thought-Forms.
Something between ordinary Clairvoyance and Astral-Body perception. What a
Thought-Form is. How it is created. What it does. Where it goes. How a
portion of one's consciousness is projected in a Thought-Form. Using a
Thought-Form as at cut-post, or observation point. How things appear when
viewed from a Thought-Form. A wonderful phase of occult phenomena.
Advantages and disadvantages of this form of clairvoyant visioning. Hindu
Psychic Magic, and how it is performed. Remarkable illusory effects
produced by Hindu Magicians. All is explained when the principle of the
creation and projection of Thought-Forms is understood. Why the Hindus
excel in this phase of occultism. An interesting description of Hindu
Magic feats. The power of concentrated "visualization." The phenomena of
Levitation, or the moving of articles at a distance. The occult
explanation of this phenomenon. Natural explanation for so-called
"super-natural" occurrence.

The laws and principles underlying the power of one mind to influence and
affect another mind. More than ordinary telepathy. The inductive power of
mental vibrations. Everything is in vibration. Mental vibrations are much
higher in the scale than are physical vibrations. What "induction" is. How
a mental state, or an emotional feeling, tends to induce a similar state
in another mind. Many instances cited. The different degrees of vibratory
influence, and what causes the difference. The contagious effect of a
"strong feeling." Why a strong desire hag a dynamic effect in certain
cases. The power of visualization in Psychic Influence. The Attractive
Power of Thought. The effect of Mental Concentration. Focusing your
Forces. Holding the mind to a state of "one-pointedness." Why the
occultist controls his imagination. Suggestions as to practice, and rules
of development. A few easily-mastered principles which give you the key to
the whole of this wonderful subject.

Psychic Influence exerted over others, when in their presence. Different
degrees of the influence. Possession of this power by Alexander the Great,
Napoleon Bonaparte, Julius Caesar, and other great leaders of men. The
ability to influence others is a sure sign of the possession of this
psychic power. The Three Underlying Principles of Psychic Influence. The
importance of strong desire to influence and exert power. The importance
of clear, positive mental pictures of what effect you wish to produce. The
importance of the firm concentration of your mind on the subject. The
creation of a positive psychic atmosphere. The Positive Psychic Aura. How
to project your Psychic Power. The Psychic Struggle between two persons.
How to handle yourself in such conflicts of Psychic Power. How to
Neutralize the Psychic Power of others, and thus disarm them. The Occult
Shield of Defence. Valuable directions regarding practice and development
of Psychic Power. Scientific Exercises for Development. Important Rules of

Psychic Influence over others, manifested when they are distant from the
person exerting the influence. Distance no obstacle. Psychic Induction at
Long-Range. How to create the en rapport condition with the other person.
How to protect yourself against such influence at a distance. The Psychic
Armor. Psychometric Method of producing Distant En Rapport Condition. To
proceed when the en rapport condition is secured. The scientific
explanation of the old tales about sorcery, witchcraft, super-natural
influence, etc. The effect of fear, and belief, on the mind of the other
person. The effect of Denial. The secret of many strange cases made plain.
Some typical cases. The Master-Key which unlocks the doors of many
Mysteries. Low forms of Occultism, and how they may be defeated. Dangerous
Teachings in some quarters. Warnings against their use. The Astral Tube;
how it is erected, used and employed. A simple, plain explanation of a
puzzling occult manifestation. Self-Protection.

How psychic vibrations tend to attract to their creator other persons
vibrating along the same lines; and things having a relation to the things
thought of. Harmony and Inharmony in the Psychic World. The Law of Psychic
Attraction. The Law of Psychic Repulsion. An important phase of Astral
Phenomena. The Law works two ways. It draws other persons and things to
you; and you to other persons and things. How the men of "big business"
operate under this Law of Attraction. How scheming exploiters of the
public actually "treat the public" by psychic means. The various forms of
psychic influence employed by persons of this kind. The Law of Attraction,
and how it works out in Business Life. The scientific facts behind the
outward appearance of things. Instances and examples of the working out of
these laws and principles. The Law of Psychic Attraction is as constant
and invariable as the great Law of Gravitation, or Magnetic Attraction.
The Co-Relation of Thoughts and Things. How we may create our own
environment by Psychic Influence.

The Psychic Principles underlying the many forms of psychic or mental
healing. Many theories - one set of principles. Psychic Healing as old as
the race. The Basic Principles of Psychic Healing. The Physiological
Principles involved. How the Astral Body is used in Psychic Healing. Human
Magnetism, and what it really is. All about Prana. The Laying-on of Hands
in Healing; and what is back of it. What happens in Magnetic Healing. The
Secret of Absent Healing. Space no barrier in Psychic Healing. The Human
Aura and Psychic Healing. The Secret of Suggestive Therapeutics. The
effect of the "affirmations" of the healers. How the Healing Cults obtain
good results. Self-Healing by Psychic Power. Absent Healing by Psychic
Power. How to "treat" others by Absent Treatment. Valuable Instructions
and Practical Methods of Psychic Healing. The whole subject condensed, and
made plain, so that it may be applied by any person of average
intelligence. No fanciful theories; only plain, practical facts for actual


In preparing this series of lessons for students of Western lands, I have
been compelled to proceed along lines exactly opposite to those which I
would have chosen had these lessons been for students in India. This
because of the diametrically opposite mental attitudes of the students of
these two several lands.

The student in India expects the teacher to state positively the
principles involved, and the methods whereby these principles may be
manifested, together with frequent illustrations (generally in the nature
of fables or parables), serving to link the new knowledge to some already
known thing. The Hindu student never expects or demands anything in the
nature of "proof" of the teachers statements of principle or method; in
fact, he would regard it as an insult to the teacher to ask for the same.
Consequently, he does not look for, or ask, specific instances or
illustrations in the nature of scientific evidence or proof of the
principles taught. He may ask for more information, but solely for the
purpose of bringing out some point which he has not grasped; but he avoids
as a pestilence any question seeming to indicate argument, doubt of what
is being taught him, or of the nature of a demand for proof or evidence.

The Western student, on the other hand, is accustomed to maintaining the
skeptical attitude of mind - the scientific attitude of doubt and demand
for proof - and the teacher so understands it. Both are accustomed to
illustrations bringing out the principles involved, but these
illustrations must not be fanciful or figurative - they must be actual
cases, well authenticated and vouched for as evidence. In short, the
Western teacher is expected to actually "prove" to his students his
principles and methods, before he may expect them to be accepted. This, of
course, not from any real doubt or suspicion of the veracity or ability of
the teacher, but merely because the Western mind expects to question, and
be questioned, in this way in the process of teaching and learning.

Consequently, in this series of lessons, I have sought to follow the
Western method rather than the Hindu. So far as is possible, I have
avoided the flat positive statement of principles and methods, and have
sought to prove each step of the teaching. Of course, I have been
compelled to assume the existence of certain fundamental principles, in
order to avoid long and technical metaphysical and philosophical
discussions. I have also had to content myself with the positive flat
assertion of the existence of the Astral Plane, Akashic Records, Prana,
etc., which are fundamental postulates of Hindu philosophy and occult
science - for these are established solely by the experience of those who
are able to function on the higher planes themselves. But, beyond this I
have sought to prove by direct and positive evidence (adapted to the
Western mind) every step of my teaching and methods.

In offering this scientific proof, I have purposely omitted (except in a
few instances) all mention of occult or psychic phenomena occurring in
India, and have confined myself to instances occurring in Western lands to
Western persons. Moreover, I have avoided quoting and citing Hindu
authorities, and have, instead, quoted and cited from authorities well
known and respected in Western lands, such as the Society for Psychical
Research, and the prominent scientists interested in the work of the said
society. In this way I have sought to furnish the Western student with
examples, cases, and illustrations familiar to him, and easily referred
to. Had I cited Indian cases, I might be accused of offering proof that
could not be easily verified; and quoting persons unknown to my readers.
There is a wealth of such cases and illustration in India, naturally, but
these as a rule are traditional and not available in printed form; and
these would not likely be very satisfactory to the Western student.

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