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The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy Paperback – Mar 21 2011

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (March 21 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461013135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461013136
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.2 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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Into this volume has been compressed the quintessence of a colossal learning. It is a living human document, pulsating with the mental and spiritual vibrations of a profound thinker who takes knowledge for his province and reduces whole libraries to a single tome. -- George Barron, Curator of the De Young Museum of San Francisco, in his tribute to this remarkable work.

Simply put, this is the most beautiful and complete occult book ever published. It represents a lifetime of research into the mythology, symbolism, and magical practices of countless cultures. From the secrets of Isis to the teachings of mystic Christianity, nearly every occult dogma imaginable is represented here. The book is full of giant illustrations, some of which fold out into a magnificent two-page splendor. This is the definitive guide to secret societies, famous figures, and more a must for every personal library. -- Llewellyn New Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Philosophical Research Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1934 for the purpose of assisting thoughtful persons to live more graciously and constructively in a confused and troubled world. The Society is entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control. Dedicated to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems, the Society's program stresses the need for the integration of religion, philosophy, and the science of psychology into one system of instruction. The goal of this instruction is to enable the individual to develop a mature philosophy of life, to recognize his proper responsibilities and opportunities, and to understand and appreciate his place in the unfolding universal pattern. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
This is a collossal work, and provides a wealth of information on the different esoteric teachings and mystery schools from the past.
However, don't expect to find anything on contemporary esoteric orders.
I found the work to be a bit too speculative at times, not giving enough facts. Moreover, the book has a very distinct 'We, the freemasons' kind of feeling, which in my opinion hampers the objectivity of the work.
Except for the big plates at the beginning of each chapter, the numerous diagrams presented here are usually printed too small to meditate upon, which is the only serious flaw.
In short, as the title says, it is an encyclopedia, but nothing more. For in depth information concerning esoteric teachings, look elsewhere.
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This is an excellent text for anyone interested in Esoteric teachings from ancient times onward. The author covers just about anything you've heard of and probably a lot that you haven't. The color plates and illustrations are excellent and there is an amazing amount of information packed into this book. One problem arises, however: some of the information is outdated when newer discoveries are taken into account. The author wrote the book something like 80 years ago and though it's been through revisions, it still contains information that probably should be updated. That is a rare instance however, and I'd say 99% of this book is accurate, right on the money, and DEFINITELY worth the price. You probably won't find another source that covers as much as well. Buy it, borrow it, whatever, it is worth the time to read.
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Goes through history Isis, Hermes, Orpheus, Pythagoreas in the beginning, and later to Freemasonic and Rosicrucian symbolism. The author compiled most of the work from works of various philosophers. Very true to antiquity.
Almost like an encyclopedia, but not exactly, if you like philosophy and other non-fiction you should find it a good book.
The author explains alot from the early sages and philophers.
Also theres alot of pictures ( It is a book on symbology ) The Dover edition has small black and white photos. They are good enough. But if you are really into the book the Jubilee edition had the jumbo pages with color pictures and there are alot of images not in the smaller version, even as to whole pages with pictures ( theres a series which are not in the smaller edition , among others ) Even the this page so you can compare Francis Bacons photo with Shakespeare right on top and see how similiar they are.
Some other chapters include ; music and colour , the zodiac, human body in symbolism, alchemy, fishes insects and birds, stones and gems, hermetic pharmacology and much more. Remember is mostly about symbolism he does discuss more about each topic.
I really liked this book, other then on the kabbalistic diagrams he gets really intense but other than that it is a really enjoyable read.
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Manly P Hall fulfilled an important mission: to inspire the people of North America, to point out the unmistable presence of a Secret Doctrine and Tradition, and to lay the foundation for the Revelation of that teaching. This book is the spear-point that he used to break through the first line of combat. But Manly Hall was NOT authorized to reveal the teaching itself, and while this book is incredible in it's beauty and comprehensiveness, it does not and cannot reveal directly the practical and essential nature of the teachings. There is no doubt whatsoever that Manly Hall knew and worked with the Mercury, the Salt and the Sulphur. There is no doubt that he worked with the Fire. There is no mistaking the knowledge of a true Alchemist. Read this book, study it, absorb it; it will prepare your mind and heart to comprehend the Real Knowledge when you see it - but to recognize that true knowledge you must be sincere and humble. Arrogance and pride will keep the doors closed to you. It is unfortunate that these qualities are so enthusiastically encouraged by our modern culture, qualities that every genuine Master strictly condemns. Be humble when searching for Wisdom, and having found it, be more humble still. To discover the essential and practical knowledge that Manly Hall pointed toward, read the works of Samael Aun Weor available at the Gnostic Institute zshop here on Amazon.com.
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Format: Paperback
while this book will offer you an amazing wealth of knowledge about a vast quantity of subjects, i do not recomend it for the beginner as it is a bit difficult to read. if you have a bit of knowledge about the subjects you may be able to get through it, but you may also become frustrated. it has beautiful pictures inside that almost make it worth the price alone. i was very pleased to see the newer copies that were softcover; before then this book may not have been affordable to all who sought after it's information. i bought it mainly for it's information on masons, a belief system that has always creeped me out a little:) it still creeps me out but i'm educated as to why now:)
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I don't care for all the accumulations of establishment-opinions: i want functional truth!

Update: i just discovered how helpful-in-understanding the
"Fundamentals of Qabbalistic Cosmogeny" chapter is...
...having made several attempts at understanding the Jewish esoteric kind of thinking, this shows how sane it, in some ways, can be ( :

Tarot section... get instead Elisabeth Haich's
"Wisdom of the Tarot"

( i have never succeeded in falsifying anything fundamental in Elisabeth Haich's instruction...

Do remember she was born Hungarian & wrote in Swiss German: we have English translations,
& she was working in the mid-1900s )

For Rosicrucian esoterica & Tantra, again Elizabeth Haich: "Sexual ENERGY & Yoga".

( get also Dr. David Frawley's "Yoga for YOUR Type" )

& for those who want a taste of the ancient knowledge:
Elizabeth Haich's "Initiation" is like this work but without all the accumulated gumph...

& Nicolai Notovich's "Unknown Jesus" book ( or is it Unknown Life of Jesus??

Look up
Notovich Jesus
and you should find it...
also trashes some accumulated gunk:
Jesus laced-into ANYone who hoarded privelege/authority through religion!
Brahmin, Zoroastrian, Roman, Jewish, he didn't care!
I love the guy...

As for this book?

Useful as a resource for what seems involved in any specific-subject...

But, as i say, for each specific domain, if you can find a source for unadulterated-truth of that domain's kind, stick to that!

Ramakrishna Vivekananda's Complete Works would also be a good investment in one's life, to read through ( it is on kindle )...

Namaste!
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