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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815558
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815555
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Scientific American

An ambitious and lucid interpretation of ancient Egyptian consciousness, especially with respect to the experience of the sacred. As such the book also sheds light on the wild and mysterious psychospiritual currents of our present time, including the Goddess re-emergence.

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“The reader experiences living issues rather than the cold reconstructions of a guide book.” (Clement Salaman, Temenos Academy Review)

"An ambitious and lucid interpretation of ancient Egyptian consciousness, especially with respect to the experience of the sacred. As such the book also sheds light on the wild and mysterious psychospiritual currents of our present time, including the Goddess re-emergence." (Robert Masters, Ph.D., author of The Goddess Sekhmet)

"A valuable and original work." (John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky)

“A book that breaks new ground, a scholarly yet esoteric approach to an ancient culture and religion.” (Critical Review)

“. . . not only evokes the atmosphere of the myths, but re-creates that all too rare relationship with them that enables us to understand what it means to be part of ongoing cosmic processes as sacred realities.” (I. M. Oderberg, Sunrise: Theosophical Perspectives)

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We gaze at the world as an Egyptian might have done.
Soren Kerk
He then provides essential language that allows the reader to reconnect one's mind with the ancient mind.
Jason A. Voss
The author's style is very readable and yet based on solid research.
Richard J. Reidy

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 1996
Format: Paperback
The importance of this book cannot be underestimated. The
author has gone to great lengths to provide the reader with
the conceptual tools necessary to begin to understand the
world view of the ancient Egyptian religion. From my own
personal research experience, the serious student needs to
step away from limitations imposed by contemporary language
and the way that we view time, space and the experience of
the sacred from our own culture. The author, Jeremy Nadler,
has provided the conceptual tools necessary to awaken a
valid understanding of Ancient Egyptian religion.

For example, the author provides the reader with a very
good introduction into "Egyptian magic". Until and unless
one has some understanding of the importance and relevance
of "magic" (within the ancient Egyptian context), the entire
subject of Egyptian religion is completely closed. In
another area, the author provides one of the best studies on
the psycho-spiritual components associated with one's being:
the Ka, the Ba, and the Akh.

I was particularly impressed with the attention of the
author to describe the experience of space, time, and the
expression of the Sacred that are associated with ancient
Egyptian worldview. Without an understanding of space, time,
the Sacred context (including the ultra-critical aspects of
the Temple), the Egyptian system remains incomprehensible,
an alien culture that cannot be understood and which
therefore can be ignored as having no direct relevancy to
modern man. But the problem does not lie within in Pharonic
Egypt: the problem lies within our minds.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Jason A. Voss on January 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ancient Egypt's connection to the Sacred shoots through from the past to the present like lightning. The energy of its ancient structures is absolutely palpable. That ancient people, to my sense of things, is the most connected to the Way Things Are and if you surrender to its treasures and monuments it is obvious. So I came back home after my second and extended trip to Egypt wanting to know what They knew. I have a personal sense of the Sacred that I humbly believe is a fairly complete picture of God and the idea that an Ancient People also were in tune, and harmonizing with, the Universe meant that I had to know more. If nothing else, I needed to know where I was in my personal understanding. I felt a deep connection to this millenia old culture and was desperate for a translation of the Sacred texts and imagery of Egypt.

I can tell you that most all of them are terrible. And here I am speaking of the academic, Egyptological cast. Their works have sucked the juice right out of Ancient Egyptian religious belief. The typical scholar has no personal connection to the esoteric and sacred and so they cannot begin to understand what it is that they are claiming to understand. On the other side of things you have ungrounded and unfounded New Age belief that comes across more as wishful thinking than actual connection to what the Ancient Egyptians believed themselves. Frankly, it has been a frustrating search for a work that harmonizes with my encounters with Ancient Egypt.

Enter "Temple of the Cosmos" by Jeremy Naydler, which is the 43rd book that I have read about Ancient Egypt since returning home (!). As I said, I have been looking for the appropriate translation of the Sacred Texts so that I could have a fuller understanding of Ancient Egypt's Understanding.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Francesca Jourdan on June 17, 2000
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This is an ambitious book which attempts to explore the controversial issue of the Ancient Egyptian consciousness, their thought processes and patterns, and how it manifested itself in both their daily lives and the material remains. In recounting this 'sacred culture,' the author also looks at their medical abilities. Many authors have contended that the origins of Western civilisation and beliefs did not lie in classical Greece and in Judeo-Christianity, but in ancient Egypt. This book has black and white illustrations, with footnotes providing both orthodox and unorthodox bibliographic references. It is recommended for the open-minded and the interested.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Soren Kerk on March 22, 2006
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Jeremy Naydler beckons us to a distant horizon, somewhere inside our mind. He turns the light on ancient Egypt. We gaze at the world as an Egyptian might have done. The landscape and heavenscape of the ancient mind rushes in with his scholarship which is mesmerizing and illuminating. We have gone far astray of the cosmic temple, but Naydler allows us to recall the ancient majesty of cosmically integrated thinking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Reidy on January 7, 2009
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Temple of the Cosmos presents the most well-rounded, thorough explication of the ancient Egyptian religious vision currently in print. Jeremy Naydler sees into the deeper significance of this ancient religion, but without diluting it and without oversimplification. This is as it should be for a spiritual tradition that sustained people for well over 3,500 years. He approaches it with respect as well as insight, not allowing modern conceptions to cloud the original distinctly Egyptian vision. The author's style is very readable and yet based on solid research. I highly recommend this book.
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