To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 04, Bill added it. Extremely profound and relevant to today's new age movement. I much prefer the ancient teachings. Sep 07, Becky Rollins rated it it was amazing. Excellent starter book for those that are "getting into" spiritual science. Hall doesn't dance around things, he puts it straightforward. Highly recommend. Oct 28, Bob Ladle rated it it was amazing.
Incredible distillation of information from many sources. An excellent way to measure your position in the process. Disciple ettiquette This booklet is an excellent treatise on how a follower of the Ancient Wisdom should relate to the world that he finds around him.
It is loaded with practice advice and insight. View 1 comment. Jun 17, Kevin W. Humbling This cuts right to it. The truth of what is in this book explains much about the way things are today. The loss of real knowledge and faith. Self- professed experts on every corner selling half truths and fabricated mysticism. New age cretins preying on the masses because religion has abandoned them yet they seem salvation from someone or something. People lived their religion every day. They interacted with nature, the animals, neighbors, and family in a simple bonded manner.
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Things did Humbling This cuts right to it. Things didn't require a scientific explanation.
Faith in a higher power sufficed. The mystery schools have disappeared. Not for lack of need, but because of the destruction of true unwavering faith in the unseen power of nature, the elements and the cosmos.
Mar 29, Gerrit G. Some insights are good, mainly regarding character, while these could also be found in classical life philosophy, in this text it gets mixed with weird stuff. Do you need to be cluster A to enjoy this or cluster B disordered to make use of cults? Dec 09, Daniel rated it it was amazing. Disciplined personal conduct and integrity are all one needs to set upon the seeker's path. Dec 09, Matte rated it it was amazing.
Spot on. Sep 10, Album Lepus rated it it was amazing Shelves: occult-works. One of my favorite Manly P Hall short works. The immense amount of knowledge this guy had, it is a shame I will never be able to meet him in person. Sonjia Hanshaw rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Marv rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Douglas rated it it was amazing Mar 13, Karl von Eckartshausen, the early theosophist, wrote: 'These sages whose number is small are children of light. Their business is to do as much good to humanity as is in their power and to drink wisdom from the eternal fountain of truth.
Some live in Europe, others in Africa, but they are bound together by the harmony of their souls, and they are therefore one.
They are joined even though they may be thousands of miles apart from each other. They understand each other, although they speak in different tongues, because they language of the sages is spiritual perception. No evil person could possibly live among them, because he would be recognized immediately. Each Mystery school taught a wisdom unique to it, which is why Moses and Pythagoras were initiated into more than one. It is very important in certain forms of initiation that at a particular point in the ceremony the candidate believes, perhaps briefly but with total conviction, that he or she is going to die.
Paracelsus said: 'It is as necessary to learn evil things as good, for who can know what is good without learning what is evil. However, the great, historically significant secret societies, such as the Rosicrucians and the Freemasons, acknowledge the dark side in order to combat it.
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If Herodotus had been an initiate of the Mystery schools, he would have understood that the three dynasties were, first, the oldest generation of creator gods - Saturn, Rhea, Uranos - the second generation made up of Zeus, his siblings and their children, such as Apollo and Athena - and lastly the generation of demi-gods and heroes. In the same way that in the secret societies techniques are taught to control sexual forces as a way of achieving higher forms of consciousness, so there are also teachings on channelling the closely intertwined death forces.
Osman Spare developed a practice which involved closing off mouth, nostrils, ears and eyes. In India adepts including Bhagavan Shri Ramana and Thakur Haranath have achieved long, death-like trances which have even led to their being prepared for burial, then been reborn into a new, higher form of consciousness. According to the old Mysteries, the secret father, or as the Greeks called it, the hidden god, abode in the heart - that is, in the sanctum sanctorum. Man prays not to some vast spirit in the sky, but rather to the divine principle within himself; that is his god, his own spirit; his own over-self; the father that abides in the innermost.
Many have raised their eyes to the skies, but few have turned them inward to the contemplation of the hidden god. The secret history was encoded in the zodiac [ The second act dramatized the birth of the Sun and his protection of Mother Earth. This, the paradise time of the flower people, was remembered as the Age of the Sun. In the secret history not only is it true to say that what eventually evolved into human life passed through a vegetable state, but the vegetable element remains an essential part of the human being today. The Mystery schools taught that as well as head-consciousness we each have, for examples, a heart-consciousness which emanates from the sun then enters our mental space via the heart.
Or to put it another way, the heart is the portal through which Sun god enters our lives. Likewise a king of kidney-consciousness beams into us from Venus, spreading out into our mind and body via the portal of our own kidneys. The working together of these different centres of consciousness makes us variously loving, angry, melancholy, restless, brave, thoughtful and so on, forming the unique thing that is human experience.
According to them [the secret societies], a tree only falls over in a forest, however remote, so that someone, somewhere at some time is affected by it. Nothing happens anywhere in the cosmos except in interaction with the human mind. The most secret teachings of the secret societies are transmitted only orally.
Other parts are written in a deliberately obscure way that makes it impossible for outsiders to understand.
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For example, it might be possible to deduce the secret doctrine from Helena Blavatsky's prodigiously long and obscure book of the same name These texts aim to conceal as much as they reveal. In the ancient world the teachings of the Mystery schools were guarded as closely as nuclear secrets are guarded today. The ability of the Mystery Schools to communicate with the invisible worlds is the basis of their power; for all the creative hierarchies dwell in the unseen worlds, and there the disciple must go in order to consult them. The reason for this is that the human race is the only one in our scheme of things that is equipped with both a physical and a mental body.
The gods, so-called, have never descended into physical substance. Consequently, having no body composed of dense chemical elements, they are incapable of manifesting here. In order to communicate with them, man must, therefore, learn to function consciously in his own invisible bodies. When he is capable of doing this, he can communicate with the spiritual beings who dwell in similar superphysical substances.
Thus, while religion deals only with fancies, theorems, and beliefs, the initiates of the Ancient Wisdom go straight to the fountainhead of wisdom and, learning the will of the gods, make that will the law of their lives. The initiate does not guess, wonder or soliloquize; he labors with facts for he is one with the truths of Nature. But man was never left to wander alone in ignorance.
When the ties connecting him to the unseen worlds were broken, certain methods were established whereby the will of the gods could be made known. To this end, a certain number of men and women were instructed how to bridge the chasm which then separated the gods from men. The method of establishing this communication was the greatest of all the secrets of ancient occultism. This secret has been preserved for the race, for at a later time all human beings will be able to communicate directly with the gods once more.
During the great interval of ages, this wisdom has been perpetuated in the Mystery Schools, and a few chosen disciples in each generation have been given the sacred privilege of knowing the gods. This wisdom and the power and knowledge they have gained they in turn impart to a few chosen and beloved disciples.
Thus the work is carried on. Gradually a separation took place among the schools of the Mysteries. The zeal of the priests to spread their doctrines in many cases apparently exceeded their intelligence. As a result, many were allowed to enter the temples before they had really prepared themselves for the wisdom they were to receive. The result was that these untutored minds, slowly gaining positions of authority, became at last incapable of maintaining the institution because they were unable to contact the spiritual powers behind the material enterprise.
So the Mystery Schools vanished. The spiritual hierarchy, served through all generations by a limited number of true and devoted followers, withdrew from the world; while the colossal material organizations, having no longer any contact with the divine source, wandered in circles, daily becoming more involved in the rituals and symbols which they had lost the power of interpreting. In the very early period of human differentiation, man was incapable of self-government, but was ruled by those appointed by Nature to preserve him and unfold him to the point when he would be capable of taking care of himself.
We are told that when our solar system began its labors, spirits of wise beings from other solar systems came to us and taught us the ways of wisdom that we might have that birthright of knowledge which God gives to all His creations. It was these minds which are said to have founded the Mystery Schools of the Ancient Wisdom, for this Wisdom was the knowledge of the will of Nature for Her children.
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