Eastern Wisdom; Philosophy & Comparative Religion
By Thomas Taylor (Translator). With an Introductory Preface by Manly P. Hall
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In the fable Eros, or Cupid, is introduced as the Divine Principle in man and Psyche as the human soul. The morality of this fable is profound and exalted. Sacred and profane love are contrasted and those inner parts of human nature associated with this mystery are beautifully explained. As the plot of the story develops it is obvious that the supporting philosophical doctrines are derived from the secret teachings of the Mystery Schools. The truths involved were then perpetuated by later sects who sought to restore and preserve the older wisdom.
To the modern psychologist who has become aware of the alchemy of human emotions, the account given by Apuleius should be of extraordinary interest. The author points out that the sacred mystery of love has been generally profaned and associated with mortal passion and that the perversion of the greatest good is the greatest evil. The human being must sometime face the challenge of his own spiritual needs; by purifying his own emotions he preserves not only himself but the mortal world in which he lives.
In this photographic facsimile edition the reader will benefit greatly from Taylor’s introduction which presents the true meaning of the fable in a simple and understandable manner. Included in this volume are A Poetical Paraphrase on the Speech of Diotima, in the Banquet of Plato and Hymns to Venus, Love, Neptune, etc.
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1 | Divine Dynasty: Uranus, Cronus & Zeus
2 | Circle of the Twelve Olympian Deities
3 | Children of Zeus: Secondary Order of the Gods and Mortals
4 | Heroes: Offspring of the Gods and Mortals
5 | Neoplatonic Key to the Grand Cycle of Myths
ISBN: 0-89314-130-5 | 5-cassette audio album
Thomas Taylor (translator). Preface by Manly P. Hall
A photographic facsimile of the 1792 edition, published in London, this is a compendium of the teachings of Orpheus; a missionary of civilization and one whose teachings are nearly indistinguishable from the foundations of Pythagoran philosophy. This work includes a preliminary dissertation on “The Life and Theology of Orpheus”; “The Initiations of Orpheus,” the invocations used in the Eleusinian Mysteries, and “Concerning the Beautiful” by Plotinus.
Hardcover 60pg. | ISBN: 0-89314-415-0
1 | Mystery of the Iron Tower
2 | The Gesar Khan
3 | The Court of the Sea King
4 | The Queen of Heaven
5 | The Golden Legend
ISBN: 0-89314-151-8 | 5-cassette audio album
Lord Bacon’s Interpretation of Classic Myths and Their Importance in the Solution of Modern Problems*
Philosophy & Religion
1 | The Initiation Rites of Ancient Egypt
2 | The State Mysteries of Greece and Rome
3 | Esoteric Rituals in Early America
4 | Secret Ceremonies in China and Japan
5 | The Secret Symbolism of the Christian Mass
ISBN: 0-89314-193-3 | 5-cassette audio album
Adepts in the Western Esoteric Tradition, Part 1
The origins of the “Grail Legend” are described, from the dissemination of the secret doctrines of antiquity in Europe, to the collapse of the Pagan Mysteries, to the end of the “Age of Chivalry.” The account begins with Manes, whose philosophy has survived into modern times as the driving force behind Christian Mysticism. It continues with the Troubadours, the Knights Templar of Jerusalem, Taliesin the Adept of Britain, the wisdom of the Druids and secret assemblies of Wales, Merlin, King Arthur and the Round Table, the Holy Grail, the Grail Kings, and Parsifal and Lohengrin—and their parallels in the search for the mysterious temple of Shamballa, said to stand on the Imperishable Island in the midst of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
ISBN: 0-89314-533-5 | Hardback. Illustrated. 101pp
Manly P. Hall
This collection of fantasy fiction was written in Mr. Hall’s youth. He has used Asian folklore as an entertaining vehicle for portraying some of the occult mysteries of life. J. August Knapp, artist for The Secret Teachings of All Ages, prepared special illustrations for each story.
ISBN: 0-89314-398-7 | Paperback. 165pp
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A concise, illustrated description of The Egyptian Book of the Dead and Egyptian metaphysics during the Osirian period.
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Manly Hall discusses the origins of astrology among the peoples of Chaldea and Babylon, as referenced by the findings of Sir A.E. Wallis Budge. Transcribed from a lecture delivered at the Town-Hall Metaphysical Library, San Francisco, May, 1950.
ISBN: 0-89314-868-7 | Illustrated Pamphlet 8.4″ x 6.9″). 32pp.
1 | Babylonian Creation Myths
2 | Greek Philosophical Mythology
3 | Teutonic Hero Myths
4 | Buddhist Regeneration Myths
5 | Egyptian Myths of the Afterlife
ISBN: 0-89314-266-2 | 5-cassette audio albums
1 | “The Ring of the Neibelungs”: The Karmic Cycle That Cannot Be Broken
2 | “Parsival” and “Lohengrin”: Esoteric Schools in the Christian World
3 | “Faust”: Fall and Resurrection of the Human Soul
4 | “The Magic Flute”: The Return of Masonic Initiation to the Modern World
5 | “The Meistersingers of Nuremburg”
ISBN: 0-89314-274-3 | 5-cassette audio album
By Gen. Ethan Allen Hitchcock. Preface by Manly P. Hall
A facsimile reprint of an 1866 edition, the original title reads, “The Red Book of Appin; A story of the Middle Ages, with Other Hermetic Stories and Allegorical Tales. A New Edition, Enlarged by a Chapter of the Palmerin of England, with Interpretations and Remarks upon the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments.”
The author, Ethan A. Hitchcock was one of many Western thinkers to explore the abstract realm of archetypal symbolism, and his work was considered an advance for his time. Fairy tales and folklore, like Oriental mandalas, often had secret meanings and that they simulated the thoughtful mind to explore the mysterious world of the subconscious.
ISBN: 0-89314-413-4 | Hardback. 298pp
Including the classic Lady of Dreams, long out-of-print, here is a glimpse into the magical land of China, where the mind can escape when weary of the commonplace. Ten stories based upon Taoist and Buddhist philosophies take place against a background of Confucian ethics and cultural proprieties. Illustrated with delightful sketches, these fascinating tales include an account of a Bodhisattva taking on the form of a tiger to become a teacher of animals; and the story of an ambitious prince trying to gain possession of the stone of immortality.
ISBN: 0-89314-833-4 | Paperback. 211pp