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Lectures on Ancient Philosophy Paperback – September 8, 2005
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Many of Mr. Hall's lectures have been transcribed and are available as pamphlets; others were taped live, and the audio recordings are available on CD's as well. He is perhaps best known for his 1928 classic, "The Secret Teachings of All Ages," an encyclopedia of the world's wisdom traditions and symbolic disciplines.
Today, younger generations are re-discovering the works and words of Manly Hall, finding that the material he put forth so many years ago is still relevant and useful today. Mr. Hall's hope for humanity was to learn from the greatest minds of all times so that we may solve current problems - both in society and in the individual - today.
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I have not read the entire book, but felt compelled, this Sat. morning, to write a brief review. The book is essential reading next to Hall's Secret Teachings (an improper title compared to its original title: "An Encyclopedic Outline of Ancient Rosicrucian, Freemasonic ... etc., etc." -- because it really is more of an encyclopedia, with each chapter being an independent 'window' into the most precious, though recondite, wisdom of the human family).
The first 4 chapters (preceded by the most wonderful preface critiqing modern materialist values) provide the foundation of the book's metaphysical outlook, namely what Hall refers to as "the dot, the line, and the circle" -- representing the (source) God, the angelic beings or lesser gods, and finally the world of form (where humanity is 'trapped'). chapters 2-4 explain each of these in turn.Read more ›
When Hall speaks of perfect consciousness it is the same as Schuon's intuitive intellection. Subject and object become one in perfect union. Consciousness is union with Self. Lesser mind is incapable of reaching the state of perfect consciousness. Yet, this lower, rational, materially based mind must be developed to its absolute limit of attainment- so that it may come to know its ultimate limitations- and therefore die. The lower mind must die, must be sacrificed, that the Great Work be accomplished. There is no higher goal. In the secret teachings the mind itself is the Savior-God. Mind, as the Savior-God, must be sacrificed and transcend in order that the worlds of Spirit and Matter might be joined. A being who attains this union within himself, who resides at the apex of the two pyramids, will never quite seem to fit into the conventional material environment known by others.
Once upon a time, when I was still infatuated with lower mind I would have written this book off as unreadable gibberish. Now that I have verified its teachings through my own experience and being I find it to be a gem beyond price.
This is the true Philosophy, the love of Wisdom. The academic discipline that currently goes by the title of "philosophy" is no such thing. It is rather philosophy's obscene ab*rtion...
No review is going to capture the book's immense value succinctly enough, but I can say that Hall's ideas are Neoplatonic, and that one should read Plato's Dialogues and the works of Plotinus in addition to reading this book by Hall. Lectures on Ancient Philosophy will make the older writings more comprehensible and, to put it simply, manageable.
My only complaint about Hall's work, including this book, is that he focuses entirely upon natural transmutation. I'm not sure if he had any concept of the more technological applications of the occult, but if he did, he said little to nothing about them. Like what Hall points out using sacred geometry, there are levels to True Education: reasoning/science/technology, philosophy/spirituality, and theology/religion. He prefers the center-most position, obviously. It takes all three, however, to apply the occult in ways rarely seen and practiced anymore.
There is, of course, a reason for that.
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This is probably the most profound book I've ever read on philosophy. It may be a readers companion guide to "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" but that doesn't mean it's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jordan Y. Ewert
Pages 8-31 were missing! Did not state that in description!Published 5 months ago by Sameera Tillman
Another wonderful work by Manly Palmer Hall. The book continues where The Secret Teachings of All Ages left providing the reader with ancient esoteric knowledge. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Decklan Quow
I'm a big fan of Manly P. Halls books, I've got quite a few and would have everyone if I could - a very may well have if I live long enough... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jolene P Duff
Manley P Hall, as in his other writings, delves deeply into his subjects. At times the heaviness of his wording appears to almost be a coded system. Read morePublished 24 months ago by D W Gillrie
Book full of wisdom and practical philosophy. Universal language of symbolism in truths of the ancients are brought to light by a very wise man. Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Ivan
great book! lots of information to think about. This book will certainly give you new insight and help you on your journey for more light.Published on December 15, 2013 by J3