In the book "The Coming of the Fairies" like the great detective Sherlock Holmes, sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a brilliant writer and a convinced spiritualist, is investigating the story with photos of fairies taken in the first decades of the XX century, two girls from a remote English village.
His faithful Watson becomes a mystic and a Theosophist E. Gardner. Sparing no effort, they are on the trail, collecting evidence of the existence of fairies and other nature spirits — elementals, the guardians of the plants.
This book was worth Conan Doyle friendship and respect of many people. More than sixty years later, the cousins from Cottingley hoax was exposed, but then they continued to insist that he had seen at the village Creek tiny winged creatures.
In a bizarre story of the fairies of Cottingley intertwined spiritualism and theosophy, folk beliefs and popular culture, mixed with the occult sensibility of the late Victorians and scientific progress.
The first complete and annotated by a translation into the Russian language of the most scandalous books of Arthur Conan Doyle.
"New Revelation" is an autobiographical philosophical and religious treatise by sir Arthur Conan Doyle, first published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1918. Conan Doyle, who in 1916 for the first time openly declared his belief in the reality of spirit beyond matter and the possibility of communication of the living with the dead, tells the story here about the evolution of his views, explores the essence of spiritualism and articulates the reasons why he believes "New Revelation" to replace the old, biblical.
In “The Vital Message”, Arthur Conan Doyle shares his thoughts on scepticism, religion, and psychic phenomena. He gives an overview of and argumentation for what he calls modern Spiritualism, concluding with some particular case studies.
“The Wanderings of a Spiritualist” is an account of the wanderings of a spiritualist, geographical and speculative. Should the reader have no interest in psychic things — if indeed any human being can be so foolish as not to be interested in his own nature and fate, — then this is the place to put the book down. It were better also to end the matter now if you have no patience with a go-as-you-please style of narrative, which founds itself upon the conviction that thought may be as interesting as action, and which is bound by its very nature to be intensely personal.
Table of Contents:
THE COMING OF THE FAIRIES
1. How the Matter Arose
2. The First Published Account — “Strand” Christmas Number, 1920
3. Reception of the First Photographs
4. The Second Series
5. Observations of a Clairvoyant in the Cottingley Glen, August 1921
6. Independent Evidence for Fairies
7. Some Subsequent Cases
8. The Theosophic View of Fairies
THE NEW REVELATION
Chapter 1. THE SEARCH
Chapter 2. THE REVELATION
Chapter 3. THE COMING LIFE
Chapter 4. PROBLEMS AND LIMITATIONS
THE VITAL MESSAGE
Chapter 1. The Two Needful Readjustments
Chapter 2. The Dawning Of The Light
Chapter 3. The Great Argument
Chapter 4. The Coming World
Chapter 5. Is It The Second Dawn?
Appendix 1. Doctor Geley's Experiments
Appendix 2. A Particular Instance
Appendix 3. Spirit Photography
Appendix 4. The Clairvoyance Of Mrs. B.
THE WANDERINGS OF A SPIRITUALIST
The inception of the enterprise.—The Merthyr Seance.—Experience of British lectures.—Call from Australia.—The Holborn luncheon.—Remarkable testimony to communication.—Is individual proof necessary?—Excursion to Exeter.—Can Spiritualists continue to be Christians?—Their views on Atonement.—The party on the "Naldera."
Gibraltar.—Spanish right versus British might.—Relics of Barbary Rovers, and of German militarists.—Ichabod!—Senegal Infantry.—No peace for the world.—Religion on a liner.—Differences of vibration.—The Bishop of Kwang-Si.—Religion in China.—Whisky in excelsis.—France's masterpiece.—British errors.—A procession of giants.—The invasion of Egypt.—Tropical weather.—The Russian Horror.—An Indian experiment.—Aden.—Bombay.— The Lambeth encyclical. A great; Snakes.—The Catamarans.—The Robber Castles of Ceylon.—Doctrine of Reincarnation.—Whales and Whalers.—Perth.—The Bight.
Mr. Hughes' letter of welcome.—Challenges.—Mr. Carlyle Smythe.—The Adelaide Press.—The great drought.—The wine industry.—Clairvoyance.—Meeting with Bellchambers.—The first lecture.—The effect.—The Religious lecture.—The illustrated lecture.—Premonitions.—The spot light.—Mr. Thomas' account of the incident.—Correspondence.—Adelaide doctors.—A day in the Bush,—The Mallee fowl.—Sussex in Australia.—Farewell to Adelaide.
Speculations on Paul and his Master.—Arrival at Melbourne.—Attack in the Argus.—Partial press boycott.—Strength of the movement.—The Prince of Wales.—Victorian football. Rescue Circle in Melbourne.—Burke and Wills' statue.—Success of the lectures.—Reception at the Auditorium.—Luncheon of the British Empire League.—Mr. Ryan's experience.—The Federal Government.—Mr. Hughes' personality.—The mediumship of Charles Bailey.—His alleged exposure.—His remarkable record.—A test sitting.—The Indian nest.—A remarkable lecture.—Arrival of Lord Forster.—The future of the Empire.—Kindness of Australians.—Prohibition.—Horse-racing.—Roman Catholic policy.
More English than the English.—A day in the Bush.—Immigration.—A case of spirit return.—A seance.—Geelong.—The lava plain.—Good-nature of General Ryrie.—Bendigo.—Down a gold mine.—Prohibition v. Continuance.— Mrs. Knight MacLellan.—Nerrin.—A wild drive.—Electric shearing.—Rich sheep stations.—Cockatoo farmers.—Spinnifex and Mallee.—Rabbits.—The great marsh.
The Melbourne Cup.—Psychic healing.—M. J. Bloomfield.—My own experience.—Direct healing.—Chaos and Ritual.—Government House Ball.—The Rescue Circle again.—Sitting with Mrs. Harris.—A good test case.—Australian botany.—The land of myrtles.—English cricket team.—Great final meeting in Melbourne.
Great reception at Sydney.—Importance of Sydney.—Journalistic luncheon.—A psychic epidemic.—Gregory.—Barracking.—Town Hall reception.—Regulation of Spiritualism.—An ether apport.—Surfing at Manly.—A challenge. —Bigoted opponents.—A disgruntled photographer.—Outing in the harbour.—Dr. Mildred Creed.—Leon Gellert.—Norman Lindsay.—Bishop Leadbeater.—Our relations with Theosophy.—Incongruities of H.P.B.—Of D.D. Home.
Dangerous fog.—The six photographers.—Comic Advertisements.—Beauties of Auckland.—A Christian clergyman.—Shadows in our American relations.—The Gallipoli Stone.—Stevenson and the Germans.—Position of De Rougemont.—Mr. Clement Wragge.—Atlantean theories.—A strange psychic.—Wellington the windy.—A literary oasis.—A Maori seance.—Presentation.
The Anglican Colony.—Psychic dangers.—The learned dog.—Absurd newspaper controversy.—A backward community.—The Maori tongue.—Their origin.—Their treatment by the Empire.—A fiasco.—The Pa of Kaiopoi.—Dr. Thacker.—Sir Joseph Kinsey.—A generous collector.—Scott and Amundsen.—Dunedin.—A genuine medium.—Evidence.—The Shipping strike.—Sir Oliver.—Farewell.
Christian origins.—Mithraism.—Astronomy.—Exercising boats.—Bad news from home.—Futile strikes.—Labour Party.—The blue wilderness.—Journey to Brisbane.—Warm reception.—Friends and Foes.—Psychic experience of Dr. Doyle.—Birds.—Criticism on Melbourne—Spiritualist Church.—Ceremony.—Sir Matthew Nathan.—Alleged repudiation of Queensland.—Billy tea.—The bee farm.—Domestic service in Australia.—Hon. John Fihilly.—Curious photograph by the State photographer.—The "Orsova."
Medlow Bath.—Jenolan Caves.—Giant skeleton.—Mrs. Foster Turner's mediumship.—A wonderful prophecy.—Final results.—Third sitting with Bailey.—Failure of State Control.—Retrospection.—Melbourne presentation.— Crooks.—Lecture at Perth.—West Australia.—Rabbits, sparrows and sharks.
Pleasing letters.—Visit to Candy.—Snake and Flying Fox.—Buddha's shrine.—The Malaya.—Naval digression.—Indian trader.—Elephanta.—Sea snakes.—Chained to a tombstone.—Berlin's escape.—Lord Chetwynd.—Lecture in the Red Sea.—Marseilles.
The Institut Metaphysique.—Lecture in French.—Wonderful musical improviser.—Camille Flammarion.—Test of materialised hand.—Last ditch of materialism.—Sitting with Mrs. Bisson's medium, Eva.—Round the Aisne battlefields.—A tragic intermezzo.—Anglo-French Rugby match.—Madame Blifaud's clairvoyance.