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on November 24, 2007
This is a true esoteric treasure rich in research, deep analysis and knowledge of the world's mystery teachings; though it focuses primarily on the Western traditions. It covers a vast array of subjects too vast to go into detail about - you'll have to buy it - often accompanied with curious and detailed illustrations. As a previous reviewer mentioned, Manly Hall's compendium should definitely be in the library of a serious truth seeker yearning for the true reality of things.

His conclusion to the book is nothing short of insightful and conveys what many conscientious people have perhaps long - though dimly - sensed: that the ultimate destiny of human beings is to undertake the quest to overcome their lower nature and to prepare themselves as vessels to receive higher more virtuous influences.
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on November 14, 2003
I agree that this book is venerable. It mentions psychoactives in the Mysteries and cites an 1845 book that also mentions them -- demonstrating that Graves (and Wasson) were by no means the first 20th-Century scholars to recognize this connection.
I would be happy with the cheap new edition, less tall and wide but thicker, with arabic rather than roman page numbering -- if only it used decent, worthy paper. I can't stand the look and feel of pulp paper. I can't believe that decent paper is too expensive. We still need a mid-priced version, on good paper. I recommend the larger format versions if you can afford them. I'd be glad to pay a few dollars more to get this new edition on decent-quality paper.
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on November 4, 2003
Dear Friends, Please note there are several editions of "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall. Each is outstanding, but it might help to note some recent differences. The Philosophical Research Society of Los Angeles ([...]) publishes beautiful, large-sized editions of Mr. Hall's original classic. Tarcher/Penguin, in partnership with PRS, publishes a "Reader's Edition," which features the complete, unabridged text in a more compact size and at a lower price, though with an abridged selection of illustrations. I am writing as the editor/publisher of the Tarcher/Penguin edition. If you would like to learn more about the new "Reader's Edition" of "The Secret Teachings," please visit either [...] or [...] You can visit PRS at [...] In any format, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" is a book you will come to treasure. Best, Mitch Horowitz
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on July 7, 2004
Sure this book is a classic. I gave this book three stars because this could be a better book. Although the full text is presented in this edition,most of the pictures and illustrations are missing. It's claimed that most of the pictures and illustrations are not the most important ones, then why put them in the other editions? Sounds like the buyer is being short changed. Hall says in the title that these are secret teachings. It's not secret, because all of this knowledge is available in books if you look hard enough. However, he does a brilliant job of putting all this information together and the buyer is getting a good deal. The truth is that all secret knowledge is already in books and openly available. It's true that the ancient sages would be irresponsible in putting this knowledge explicitly out in the open. It could be used by evil people to work incredible destruction. The knowledge though had to be transmitted or it would be lost. How then is the knowledge open to the worthy and hidden from the unworthy? Hall gives the clue in the chapter on Shakespeare. That is by constantly rereading and studying the murky passages and others in occult books, the understanding will open up and the secrets revealed. This is the master key to using other cryptograms as well. In India, the ancient sages had students of yoga reread and study well known yoga texts such as the yoga sutras of Pantajali. Why? To discover the secrets and inner meanings of the texts. The goal of the ancient mysteries is for man to save himself and reveal the mysteries of life. This could not be accomplished if the knowledge had no way to be known. The occult has genuine teachings, but it also has many frauds and con artists. They couldn't care less about the occult, but they care about your money. Hall isn't lying when he says these are secret teachings. They are not secret on the surface meaning, but they are in the depths of the knowledge revealed only by study.
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on May 1, 2004
What can I say about this book. It is worth its weight in gold. It is simply the great work of all teachings in one book. It's a must for any occult/metaphysical library.
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on June 23, 2014
One of the most valuable books i have, or ever will read. The answers to to so many of life's questions have been answered via this book.
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on March 17, 2016
One of my husbands favorite books
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on November 3, 2014
Fascinating stuff.
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