The Great Secret or Occultism Unveiled

by Éliphas Lévi

Eliphas Levi

Book Three

Chapter XIFatal Love

Animals are subjected by nature to a striking condition, called rutting, which urges them to reproduce their we love imparts to us divine grandeur and bliss. When we love, we see the infinite in the finite. We find the Creator in the capable of sacrificing itself to the honour and peace of the loved one, it is an immortal and sublime sentiment; but if it breaks love is not always obedient to social conventions and those who marry without love often run the risk of adultery. The woman who is in Loves which change are passing whims; and those at which one must blush are misadventures whose influence ought to be shaken off. Homer, in showing religious devotion, like Louise de Ia Vallière and like de Rancé, without intending to torture the body to relieve the agony of the soul. sacrifice, remaining a widow in marriage and consoling her misery as a woman in her maternal devotion. Hen birds never desert their nests before our love affairs. I should like to have the eyes of the eagle and soar up towards the sun,

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