Ancient Philosphy and the First to the Thirteenth Centuries

Ancient Philosphy and the First to the Thirteenth Centuries

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...or the whole body. Some are agi tated; some are preternaturally quiet. The whole process of the divine enthusiasm is then described. It must not be called ecstasy, for it translates the mind to something higher, --not merely carries it away, it might be into a lower or more animal state. The true enthusiasm does not come from soul or bod: it is wholly divine. The man who has it is simply possessed hy the gods. Porphyry had enquired into the etfect of music in producing this enthusiasm. He is answered that sounds as such can have no influence in bringing about a state which is so entirely divine; that the sounds indicate that inner harmony Which there is between the soul and the gods. In them it recognises this harmony, through them may ascend towards it, and so may be ready to receive the full inspiration. All the different agencies which have been connected with divination are to be accounted for upon this same principle. The vapour which the Delphic priestess inhales is not the inspiration of the god; but it is a symbol or instrument which the god may use for the purification of the man, and for fitting him to receive his divine gifts. 51. We need not enumerate the number of inferences and applications of this doctrine into which Abammon enters: the one law being that all divination is directly and purely from the gods, the intermediate agencies are treated as entirely ministerial. Neither the birds, nor the entrails, nor the air, nor the prophet, nor the human soul itself, nor the soul considered as mixed of the human and the divine, nor any passion or a_i'l'ection of it, nor any disease or madness, can be its origin. The power of foretelling is not a natural instinct, such as belongs to animals; it has nothing in common with the...show more

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  • Paperback | 330 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 18mm | 590g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236773500
  • 9781236773500