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(1913) [MARC] Author: August Strindberg Translator: Claud Field
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anxiety that I should pronounce a favourable
verdict upon it, I also am embarrassed, for I
see that the continuance of our friendly relations
will depend upon my answer.

Madame Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine is
plagiarised from all the so-called occult theories; it
is a hash-up of all ancient and modern scientific
heresies. Her book is worthless as regards her
own presumptuous claims, interesting through
its quotations from little-known authors, repellent
through its conscious or unconscious fabrications
regarding the Mahatmas. It is the work
of a mannish woman, who, in order to put man
to shame, undertook to overthrow science,
religion, and philosophy, and to set a priestess of
Isis on the altar of the Crucified.

With all the reserve and moderation which is
due to a friend, I let my friend know that the
collective god, Karma, does not please me, and
that it is impossible for me to belong to a sect
which denies a personal God, Who alone can
satisfy my religious needs. It is a confession of
faith which is demanded from me, and although
I know that my answer entails a breach in our
friendship, and the cessation of my means of
support, I speak it out freely.

Then my faithful friend turns into a demon

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