The Temple in Man: Sacred Architecture and the Perfect Man Paperback – Nov 1 1981
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R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) was one of the most important philosophers, mathematicians, and Egyptologists of this century. His elucidation of the temple at Luxor and his presentation of the Egyptian understanding of a special quality of innate consciousness form a bridge that links the sacred science of the Ancients to its rediscovery in our own time.
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However, this book is a really awkward tome to slog through. I don't know if it's because of Schwallers original work as I don't read French. I'm suspecting it's a combination of some cryptic phrasing in the original. But the the time it get's over into English this can be painful in parts to read. There is weird phrasing, bad sentence structure, and outright typos throughout the text. The book starts slow and then really does not hit it's rhythm until about the 70% mark. I just cannot really recommend this book if you have at all either heard of Schwallers work or seen the Magical Egypt series that JAW did especially the episode on the Luxor temple. It's laid out in that video much clearer than you will find here.
So, for Schwaller fans, better choices are to re-read Serpent in the Sky and/or save up for The Temple Of Man which is Schwallers main compilation. This book was kinda disappointing to read.
The meat of the book is on the last page in the Conclusions regarding the Temple of/in Man in Luxor. This is the clearest part of the entire treatise.
The elements observed in the Temple of Luxor prove:
1. That the pharonic temple has a didactic purpose; hence every detail has its import.
2. That the entire value is accorded to the teaching; the technical aspect is subordinated to this aim.
3. That there is, in the inscription by means of texts and figurations, a method for translating a philosophically ordained thought.
4. That symbolism is the method of transcription of the thought of the Ancient Egyptians, in writing and in figuration as well as in the architecture.
5. That there is a precalculated program, realized through Time by successive Kings, heirs of the tradition.
6. That the monument is constructed (contrary to our current principles of architecture) on several axes; that each axis has a meaning, and that this meaning dictates the meaning of the parts subordinate to it.
7. That there is, in pharonic Egypt, deogetic, astronomical, and physicological knowledge surpassing that which Egyptology has hitherto been able to concede.
NETER MEANS PRINCIPLE OF LIFE,
AND THE TEMPLE IS ITS HOUSE
I thought the translator's forward at the beginning of the book was excellent and it captures the essence of the book including the potential problems for us today of being able to think in the same way as the ancient Egyptians.
One point of the book seems to be that once we take these concepts and reduce them to something we can describe using our form of language we have already lost much of the true and original meaning. Translator Robert Lawlor uses the example of how the Egyptians viewed numbers differently than we do now. He says the Egyptians considered numbers to be 'concrete definitions of energetic formative principles of nature'.
In some ways this entire book is like one of those Egyptian symbols which mean much more than the words alone literally explain. There are many mysterious ideas, both literally described and indirectly implied, contained in this short book.
Schwaller felt that the Temple Of Luxor was designed based on universal principles and proportions that occur in the human body. The temple corresponds to a human being at several different ages from childhood up to adulthood. He talks about the Golden Number which people think occurs in living organisms in nature.
Shwaller felt that the Egyptian temples were alive somehow. This reminds me of Christopher Dunn's groundbreaking book The Giza Power Plant which indicates that the Great Pyramid was at one time a working machine.
I don't doubt that the things Scwhaller believed were true in many cases and this knowledge could have profound implications for our world today in the area of medical science.
There's an interesting past life memory in Brian Weiss' book Same Soul Many Bodies. This guy remembered being a priest in very ancient Egypt. He said they used 'energy rods' which generated light and sound to stimulate the human body's ability to regenerate itself. They could for example cause the body to regenerate an arm or leg that had been lost in warfare. These arcane healing arts were practiced in the utmost secrecy in the temples.
This is interesting because regeneration is the new frontier in medicine today. Doctors today are using stem cells and pig tissue to do what the Egyptian priests apparently did using light and sound which are vibrations.
Schwaller believed in the mystical meanings of certain numbers. He uses the terms 'Science Of Numbers' and 'Mathematical Philosophy' in the book.
I definitely feel this book is worth reading for people who are trying to figure out the mysteries of ancient Egypt. However I did not understand everything Schwaller said. Gaining that understanding would probably require repeated exposure to these mystical concepts, perhaps as those concepts are explained by other authors.
Still the book got me curious and I'll probably order another one of Schwaller's books. Even though I didn't understand all the details I feel this book got me thinking in potentially new and different ways.
Fulcanelli: Master Alchemist: Le Mystere des Cathedrales, Esoteric Intrepretation of the Hermetic Symbols of The Great Work
The Giza Power Plant : Technologies of Ancient Egypt
The Philosopher's Stone: Alchemy and the Secret Research for Exotic Matter
Melchizedek And The Mystery Of Fire
Initiation in the Great Pyramid (Astara's library of mystical classics)
Edgar Cayce on Vibrations: Spirit in Motion
Edgar Cayce's Atlantis
Edgar Cayce's Egypt: Psychic Revelations on the Most Fascinating Civilization Ever Known
Edgar Cayce on the Revelation: A Study Guide for Spiritualizing Body and Mind
I do not deny the discoveries and premises in the text, but what good are they without the proper context which the information is inadvertently ripped from? The commentators try to instill the missing links with their elaborations, and like I mentioned before, their appendices are important, if not the prize itself that makes the purchase worthwhile.
The Temple in Man is proof that mainstream anthropological studies are shortsighted. Mystery Teachings bring to the table the philosophical and mathematical backdrop needed to essay the currently defunct spiritual machines archeologists incorrectly refer to as mere tombs and ancient aesthetics. The author's work, despite its meandering, foggy-like style, was not in vain. He begins what others should finish--and eventually will.
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