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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892540842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892540846
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cameron B. Clark VINE VOICE on May 27, 2005
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This is a work within the tradition of post-Boehmean theosophy. Unlike Blavatsky's Theosophical Society of the nineteenth century which primarily involved esoteric Buddhism, the earlier theosophy primarily involved esoteric Christianity. The Christian nature of The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary is clear in the sense that Jesus Christ is given preeminence as the Wisdom of God. But some Christians may consider the work not "Christian" enough, historically and doctrinally speaking, whereas others with esoteric interests may consider the work too Christian. The Christianity it posits is "inclusivistic" in that all is seen and encompassed in Christ by whom, according to Eckartshausen, "all is made, and which existed from the beginning, Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God working in everything". The "cloud" of the title relates to the noetic weakness, derived from The Fall of Adam and inherited by us, that veils the truth of our essential nature, our inner sanctuary, as created in the image of God. Our Divine Center, the Light and Mysteries Within, is the Holy of Holies which is covered by the veil of error, a false nature, which is removed through divine inspiration, illumination, and revelation via meditation. The removing of the veil, or Cloud, is progressively sanctifying as one moves into the Center (the esoteric) from the circumference (the exoteric). Those who live within from the Divine Center represent the Interior Church which is invisible and secure. More could be said, but only the reading of the work itself can give the full effect. It is a unique work of mystical doctrine that is unforgettable.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on June 2, 2008
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This edition of _The Cloud Upon the Sanctuary_, first published in Germany and translated into French in the year 1819 and republished here by Ibis Press in 2003, by German Roman Catholic mystic and Theosophist Karl von Eckhartshausen is an excellent English translation of this original mystical text. Karl von Eckhartshausen (1752 - 1813) was a German mystic, a devout and pious Roman Catholic and Theosophist in the tradition of Jacob Boehme who had briefly belonged to the Bavarian Illuminati of Adam Weishaupt only to leave this order to become bitterly opposed to it. Eckhartshausen was a firm believer in the "Interior Church", the mystical body of true believers linked by spiritual experience rather than doctrine, and in this classic text he expounds upon his notions for such an "Invisible and Interior Church". This text as mentioned in the Foreword and Introduction came to have an influence on the Order of the Golden Dawn in England and on such individuals as Aleister Crowley and A. E. Waite. However, the text was also widely used among English mystics such as J. W. Broddie-Innes and Evelyn Underhill. Further, this text came to have an influence in Russia where it was widely read by such individuals including Tsar Alexander I. It should be noted as explained by A. E. Waite, the "Interior Church" spoken of here is not a "corporate body existing merely within the church and controlling or leading it from a specific local centre in concealment." Rather, this "Interior Church" is "a withdrawn brotherhood in whose hands the experimental knowledge of God has remained and increased. It is the doctrine of the esoteric Church of the Illuminated." This work represents a great mystical and esoteric classic which reveals the triumphant love of God for all men.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on August 16, 2008
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"The cloud upon the sanctuary" by Karl von Eckartshausen was originally published in German in 1802. An English translation was published in 1896. Eckartshausen was nominally a Catholic, but on second looks, his ideas sound more Gnostic or "Theosophic". He apparently had contacts with Saint-Martin, Franz von Baader and other Catholics interested in occultism. Much later, Eckartshausen's ideas were apparently discovered by the Golden Dawn, and perhaps also the Theosophists and Anthroposophists. Politically, Eckertshausen was probably quite right-wing and conservative. He was briefly a member of Adam Weishaupt's notorious Illuminati, but left it when he realized that Weishaupt was actually an atheist (and revolutionary).

The ideas found in "The cloud upon the sanctuary" sound Christian, and I don't doubt that the author considered himself a Christian of good standing. However, a heresy-hunter would easily discover strong elements of Gnosticism in the text. For instance, the Fall is interpreted as a fall of purely spiritual man into matter. The Tree of Good and Evil signifies a mixture of the material and the spiritual, and when Adam partook of it, his spirit-being was trapped in the material world. To Eckartshausen, matter is evil, since it's ever-changing, constantly dissolves itself, and hence brings constant pain and suffering. His view of original sin is the following: ever since the Fall, humans have been selfish and brutish due to matter, and since we transmit this matter to our children, the fallen human state is hereditary. At one point in the booklet, Eckartshausen even makes the rather strange claim that evil is based in a crude form of slimy matter literally flowing in our vains!
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