THEOSOPHY, Vol. 12, No. 10, August, 1924
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Over the gateway of Century I of our era, the ominous words "the KARMA OF ISRAEL," fatally glowed. Over the portals of our own, the future seer may discern other words, that will point to the Karma for cunningly made-up HISTORY, for events purposely perverted, and for great characters slandered by posterity, mangled out of recognition, between the two cars of Jagannatha -- Bigotry and Materialism. (S.D., 1888.)

Science, dimly perceiving the truth, may find Bacteria and other infinitesimals in the human body, and see in them but occasional and abnormal visitors to which diseases are attributed. Occultism -- which discerns a life in every atom and molecule ... affirms that our whole body is built of such lives, the smallest bacteria under the microscope being to them in comparative size like an elephant to the smallest infusoria. (Ibid.)

The Archaeus is of a magnetic nature, and attracts or repels other sympathetic or antipathetic forces belonging to the same plane. The less power of resistance for astral influences a person possesses, the more will he be subject to such influences. The vital force is not enclosed in man, but radiates (within) and around him like a luminous sphere (aura) and it may be made to act at a distance. It may poison the essence of life (blood) and cause diseases, or it may purify it after it has been made impure, and restore the health. (Ibid., quoting from Paracelsus.)

THAT throughout the course of history there have been gigantic religious delusions, affecting thousands or millions of people for great lengths of time, will be denied by no one. That such delusions are extant today, will be denied by no one; on the contrary, every religionist can point to every conflicting belief in confirmation!

That equally monstrous, ridiculous, and disastrous delusions have existed in science, and especially in medicine, such as the bleeding craze which caused the death of George Washington and untold thousands of lesser persons, can be denied by no man of medicine, though discreetly passed over by him.

But it is always easy, in the cold light of unconcern for the "dead" past, to see and sneer at olden errors. On the other hand, if the suggestion is made that moderns are or may be under equally great and dangerous illusions, woe unto that bold heretic! For the rate of change of human nature, like its progress toward freedom from delusions, is scarcely measurable over a million years' span. And if a widespread delusion is propagated by doctrines inculcated in the young from generation to generation without reëxamination, without consideration of opposing facts or theories, bolstered by personal interest, by reluctance to admit disastrous error, and under pressure from great mundane interests, reënforced by a universal vanity of "scientific infallibility," the lover of truth can do nothing but state the truth for the benefit of minds disillusioned by personal experience or karmically clear of illusions, and patiently wait the working out of the truth with its accompanying miseries.

Delusions like this are legion; we deal with one which is of special interest to the Theosophist as an example of how an infinitesimal divergence from the truth, followed out in a straight line, ultimately becomes its antithesis; also of how a yielding to "authority," to bombast and brag, to the easy and simple belief unsubstantiated by fact, rather than to the difficult and complex which is so substantiated, bear their infallible fruits; and not least, of how that lack of moral basis which permits a belief that the end justifies the means, that the weak should suffer for the strong, leads from error to error until a morass of utter darkness is reached, while the farther the victim goes, the more is he convinced of the rightness of his course.

The medical world is deeply grateful to Louis Pasteur, and with reason; for it owes him a public prestige comparable only to that of the old-time priesthoods, great financial benefits, and a convenient and simple theory of disease which necessitates no toilsome research, and, more important, no admission of a "vital principle" -- that bugbear of orthodox science. The Theosophist, to whom so many of the methods of modern science originated or sponsored by Pasteur are fallacious, dangerous, or abhorrent, has, however, special reason to examine this god for clay feet. Whereupon, behind the flamboyant and pretentious figure of this modern idol, appears another linked thereto in a peculiar relationship; in some respects like pupil and master, but overwhelmingly like parasite and host -- Professor Antoine Bëchamp.(1)

Examination of the original documents and experiments proves absolutely that of the three discoveries upon which the fame of Pasteur was based -- the nature of fermentation, the cause of the grape blight of the times, and the cause and cure of the silk worm disease -- Bëchamp was the originator, and Pasteur the imitator and plagiarist, who never fully understood the theories for which he was famed, until his dying day, and who capped a long series of plagiarisms, corruptions, and false speculations by actual hatred and persecution of his benefactor.

Pasteur was a keen and clever man of affairs, endowed with diplomatic talent par excellence; and in modern days would have stood at the top of the advertising profession. Bëchamp was reticent and retiring; his sole interest discovery of the truth, and he never published a result or conclusion until rechecked and verified by all available means.

Pasteur's absorbing interest as betrayed by his letters, conversations, and acts, was the name and fame of Pasteur; and he cannot be justly absolved of even more mundane motives. Bëchamp said nothing of any discovery until verified, never speculated or spoke of the future; Pasteur's correspondence was filled with what he had done, was doing, and was going to do; thus preparing the scientific world to expect great things of him, and forestalling in great measure any tendency toward critical examination of his work. Likewise, Pasteur at an early date cleverly captured the patronage of Napoleon III; an advantage which did more for him than was accomplished by all the great and solid learning of Bëchamp, insofar as personal advance was concerned. Likewise, Pasteur cleverly side-stepped the clerical persecution which hampered Bëchamp so much of his life.

We are dealing here chiefly with the theories originated by these two men; but to those who have leisure, a study of the history of this curious and complicated episode in science cannot fail to be profitable, both humanly and scientifically.

The basic theory of Bëchamp in regard to bacteria and disease held that while bacteria are often air-borne and communicable, the real and serious causes of disease are to be looked for in the upsetting of the functions of the infinitesimal lives of the body cells; lives, which when set on wrong courses, prey upon and disturb the functions of their brothers, in some cases evolving into bacteria as known to science. The origin of disease is thus due basically to wrong living of one kind or another, and not to infection from without; the presence of germs is accounted for by the evolution above mentioned, by diseased areas forming breeding grounds for germs casually, but heretofore harmlessly present in the body, and by germs crowding to favorable areas.

His theory of death is basically Theosophic; the disintegration of the body is merely the disaggregation of myriads of tiny lives seeking their own course; as he said: "Nothing is the prey of death; all is the prey of life!"

Another Theosophic doctrine promulgated by him stated that the "microzymes," the tiny living constituents of the cell, were of different classes according to the functions of the cell, and that displacement of such microzymes from their proper functions could result only in trouble. Obviously, therefore, vaccination and serumization are fallacious and disastrous, if Bëchamp is right, and as history has proven. It was a sorry day when medicine resorted to vivisection; for germs inserted by force in the body of an animal produced a form of disease more or less like that with which the germs were associated in the human. From this it was deduced that all diseases were caused by specific germs; and upon this fallacy the profitable vogue of vaccines and serums was built by Pasteur. His early disastrous experiments in Russia and Italy, and the adroitness with which he side-stepped and covered up the results, seem to have formed a keynote for the tactics of vivisectors and vaccinationists ever since; with the result that, except in some countries like England, which have at last learned by experience, the race has been in the course of having its blood slowly poisoned and its health destroyed -- the Karma of preying upon the helplessness of animals for the purpose of evading the consequences of personal misconduct, past or present.

The medical world of Pasteur's day had some excuse for falling victim to the germ theory as now held, even though it had none for ignoring Bëchamp; that of today has none, for it not only has before it the contradictions which have arisen therein, but also has scientific proof of the actual existence of the "aura," and its vital relationship to states of health.

As a matter of fact, it is doubtful whether any disease is ever communicated to a healthy person by germs; the real causes are auric infection as stated by Paracelsus, made possible by Karmic weaknesses of the aura and astral body of the victim -- weaknesses caused by past misdeeds; introduction into the system of putrid or morbid matter of various kinds, including vaccines and serums; self-indulgence, especially overeating and other bad habits; and to no slight degree mental suggestion in the form of dwelling on germ infection, fear of diseases inculcated in youth by the medical profession, etc.

Let surroundings be kept clean, self-control exercised, the blood kept pure, and above all the mind filled with the tranquillity obtainable only from selfless living and a refusal to dwell upon or worry about personal affairs, and there need be no fear of germs or diseases, after those due to old mental deposits have been precipitated and lived through.

An easy and lazy acceptance of bluster and pretension; a preference for the shallow and simple over the deep and difficult; desire for short-cuts to health necessitating no personal sacrifice; interests of finance and prestige; unhesitating willingness to torture the helpless for personal benefit: all these form links in the black Karmic chain which has led doctor and layman alike along an easy road to the present state of universally degenerating health and increasing physical and mental troubles.

Karma never fails: whatever be the conspiracies of silence, whatever the temporary illusions of success, whatever the apparent delays in the fall of the sword, every selfish and cruel act and thought, every vain overestimate of personal wisdom, every clinging to beloved but exploded beliefs, every indolence in seeking the truth, must and will dog its author through the years and ages until the time and place arrive to strike.

So it was in Atlantis and Lemuria; so it is at this hour.

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(1) "Bëchamp or Pasteur?" Covici-McGee, Chicago.
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