Multitudes of human beings are unconsciously treading the path of the shadows and, in comparison with these multitudes,
it is relatively only a few who self-consciously lead and guide with subtle and nefast intelligence this army of unsuspecting victims of mâyâ.
The Brothers of the Shadow are often highly intellectual men and women, frequently individuals with apparent great personal charm . . .'
(OG 21-3) '
They work by temptation, by mental pictures, by suggestion, by quoting scripture, by appealing to their victims' vanity as if their plea were made to the high virtues, by playing upon their egoism, and by arousing ignoble passions.'