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DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

The Place of Occultism in Spiritual Life

Part III
OCCULTISM AND SPIRITUALITY

OCCULTISM is a branch of knowledge concerned with the study of the universe and human personality. Occultism as a science In this respect there is no difference of principle between occultism and other sciences concerned with the study of these subjects. The difference between occultism and other sciences arises because other sciences are concerned with aspects and forces directly or indirectly accessible to ordinary observation and manipulation, whereas occultism is concerned with those hidden aspects and forces which are essentially inaccessible to ordinary observation and manipulation. The development of occult knowledge is conditioned by the unfoldment of the latent powers of the human spirit.
        Limitations on spread of occultism as a science Many of the psychical research societies of modern times approach occult knowledge with the same attitude which characterises other forms of knowledge, because in principle there seems to be no reason why it should be regarded as either less valuable or more valuable than other forms of theoretical knowledge. We find