They are therefore living souls, working through personalities,
and not personalities actuated by occasional soul impulses. The members of the many groups were all somewhat one-sided, and
their talents ran along some specific line. Or to bring about world changes like Napoleon. ENA 416.
Thus, all those great characters who tower like giants
in the history of mankind, like Buddha-Siddartha, and Jesus, in the realm of spiritual, and Alexander the Macedonian and Napoleon
the Great, in the realm of physical conquests, were but reflexed images of human types which had existed ten thousand years
before, in the preceding decimillennium, reproduced by the mysterious powers controlling the destinies of our world.
The heroes of history are all warriors - Napoleon.
The great conqueror, Napoleon. EXT 183.
The world was freed from ecclesiastical tyranny by
opening an unobstructed path to Napoleon the Great, who had given the deathblow to the Inquisition. Isis2 22.
We may hope, perhaps, that before the end of this century,
the Mahabharatean epics will be found and proclaimed identical with the wars of the great Napoleon. SD1 369.
What of the mutual slaughter of sects, of Christians
by Pagans, and of Pagans and Heretics by Christians; the horrors of the Middle Ages and of the Inquisition; Napoleon, and
since his day, an “armed peace” at best—at the worst, torrents of blood, shed for supremacy over acres of
land, and a handful of heathen. SD3 348.
The literary work of a first ray man will be strong
and trenchant, but he will care little for style or finish in his writings. Perhaps examples of this type would be Luther,
Carlyle, and Walt Whitman. It is said that in attempting the cure of disease the best method for the first ray man would be
to draw health and strength from the great fount of universal life by his will power, and then pour it through the patient.
This, of course, presupposes knowledge on his part of occult methods. The characteristic method of approaching the great Quest
on this ray would be by sheer force of will. Such a man would, as it were, take the kingdom of heaven "by violence." We have
seen that the born leader belongs to this ray, wholly or in part. It makes the able commander-in-chief, such as Napoleon or
Kitchener. Napoleon was first and fourth rays.
The world war (1914-1945) marked a culminating point
in the work of the Principle of Conflict and, as I have shown, the results of this work are today inaugurating a new era of
harmony and cooperation because the trend of human thinking is towards the cessation of conflict. This is an event of major
importance and should be regarded as indicating a turning point in human affairs. This trend is impulsed by a weariness of
fighting, by a changing rating as to the values in human accomplishment, and by a recognition that true greatness is not expressed
through such activities as those of Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Napoleon or Hitler, but by those who see life, humanity
and the world as one united whole, interrelated, cooperative and harmonized. RI 622.
In relation to their wonderful art of imitating precious
stones, the lecturer speaks of the "celebrated vase of the Genoa Cathedral," which was considered for long centuries "a solid
emerald." "The Roman Catholic legend of it was that it was one of the treasures that the Queen of Sheba gave to Solomon, and
that it was the identical cup out of which the Saviour drank at the Last Supper." Subsequently it was found not to be an emerald,
but an imitation; and when Napoleon brought it to Paris and gave it to the Institute, the scientists were obliged to confess
that it was not a stone, and that they could not tell what it was. Isis1 538.
But our own age, after having mimicked the ancients
in everything possible, even to their very names, such as "senates," "prefects," and "consuls," etc.; and after admitting
that Napoleon the Great conquered three-fourths of Europe by applying the principles of war taught by the Caesars and the
Alexanders, knows so much better than its preceptors about psychology, that it would vote every believer in "animated tables"
into Bedlam. Isis1 612.
We will leave the learned army of modern Academicians
to "wash their family linen among themselves," to use an expression of the great Napoleon. Isis1 622.
Saint-Germain was persecuted, and more than once was
in danger of the Bastille. The tragic consequences of these rejections are quite well known.
We may also recall Napoleon, who, in the first years
of his glory, loved to speak of his Guiding Star. But his mind became clouded by too much success, and in his pride he did
not accept the whole Advice and violated one primary condition by invading Russia. The collapse of his armies and his sad
end are also well known. LHRI.
Similarly, Our warning to the northern country was
not understood. Eventually, people will recall and compare the facts. One can mention events from the history of various countries—recall
Napoleon. SmdI 6.
We warned Napoleon more than once, and he admitted
that he "heard voices," yet he continued on his path of error. Over eons it has been Our duty to warn those in high places
who are in a position to hinder evolution... We call such influence "inaudible Advice." SmdI 133.
The French Revolutionary wars brought further changes.
One result of these wars was that the Dutch lost Cape Colony, Ceylon, and Java, though Java was restored to them in 1815.
A second result was that when Napoleon made himself master of Spain in 1808, the Spanish colonies in Central and South America
ceased to be governed from the mother-country; and having tasted the sweets of independence, and still more, the advantages
of unrestricted trade, could never again be brought into subordination.
It took place during the age of Revolution, when the
external empires of Europe were on all sides falling into ruin; and it passed at the time almost unregarded, because it was
overshadowed by the drama of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The construction of the Indian Empire would of itself
suffice to make an age memorable, but it does not end the catalogue of the achievements of British imperialism in this tremendous
period. As a result of the participation of Holland in the war on the side of France, the Dutch colony at the Cape of Good
Hope was occupied by Britain. It was first occupied in 1798, restored for a brief period in 1801, reoccupied in 1806, and
finally retained under the treaty settlement of 1815. The Cape was, in fact, the most important acquisition secured to Britain
by that treaty; and it is worth noting that while the other great powers who had joined in the final overthrow of Napoleon
helped themselves without hesitation to immense and valuable territories, Britain, which had alone maintained the struggle
from beginning to end without flagging, actually paid the sum of 2,000,000 pounds to Holland as a compensation for this thinly
peopled settlement. The Expansion of Europe. Ramsay Muir. 1917.
Such is the purpose of the present work. It proposes
to lay down in a series of apposite chapters the story of the past century, beginning, in fact, rather more than a century
ago with the meteoric career of Napoleon and seeking to show to what it led, and what effects it had upon the political evolution
of mankind. The French Revolution stood midway between two spheres of history, the sphere of medieval barbarism and that of
modern enlightenment. It exploded like a bomb in the midst of the self-satisfied aristocracy of the earlier social system
and rent it into the fragments which no hand could put together again. In this sense the career of Napoleon seems providential.
The era of popular government had replaced that of autocratic and aristocratic government in France, and the armies of Napoleon
spread these radical ideas throughout Europe until the oppressed people of every nation began to look upward with hope and
see in the distance before them a haven of justice in the coming realm of human rights. The World War: A History
of The Nations and Empires Involved and a Study of the Events Culminating in The Great Conflict. Logan Marshall.
France had a startling object lesson in 1870. It had,
under Napoleon III, been imitating Prussia in its military establishment, and its government officials coincided with the
emperor in the theory that its army was in a splendid state of preparation. Marshal Leboeuf lightly declared that "everything
was ready, more than ready, and not a gaiter button missing," and it was with a light-hearted confidence that the Emperor
Napoleon declared war against Prussia, the insensate multitude filling Paris with their futile war cry of "On to Berlin."
It was a shrewd saying of Napoleon Bonaparte that "An army marches on its stomach," and the important duty of keeping the
stomach adequately filled can not be overlooked. Ibid.
France was the center of Europe; Napoleon, the Corsican,
was the center of France. All the affairs of all the nations seemed to gather around this genius of war. He was respected,
feared, hated; he had risen with the suddenness of a thunder-cloud on a clear horizon, and flashed the lightnings of victory
in the dazzled eyes of the nations. All the events of the period were concentrated into one great event, and the name of that
event was Napoleon. He seemed incarnate war, organized destruction; sword in hand, he dominated the nations, and victory sat
on his banners with folded wings. He was, in a full sense, the man of destiny, and Europe was his prey.
Never has there been a more wonderful career. The earlier
great conquerors began life at the top; Napoleon began his at the bottom. Alexander was a king; Caesar was an aristocrat of
the Roman republic; Napoleon rose from the people, and was not even a native of the land which became the scene of his exploits.
Pure force of military genius lifted him from the lowest to the highest place among mankind, and for long and terrible years
Europe shuddered at his name and trembled beneath the tread of his marching legions. As for France, he brought it glory and
left it ruin and dismay.
The career of Napoleon Bonaparte began in a very modest
way. Born in Corsica and trained in a military school in France, his native ability as a man of action was first made evident
in 1794, when, under the orders of the National Convention, he quelled the mob of Paris with loaded cannon and put a final
end to the Reign of Terror that had long prevailed.
Placed at the head of the French army in Italy, Napoleon
quickly astonished the world by a series of the most brilliant victories, defeating the Austrians and the Sardinians wherever
he met them, seizing Venice, the city of the lagoon, and forcing almost all Italy to submit to his arms. A republic was established
here and a new one in Switzerland, while Belgium and the left bank of the Rhine were held by France.
His wars here at an end, Napoleon's ambition led him to Egypt, inspired by great designs which he failed to realize.
In his absence anarchy arose in France. The five Directors, then at the head of the government, had lost all authority, and
Napoleon, who had unexpectedly returned, did not hesitate to overthrow them and the Assembly which supported them. A new government,
with three Consuls at its head, was formed, Napoleon, as First Consul, holding almost royal power. Thus France stood in 1800,
at the end of the eighteenth century. Ibid.
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