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on January 9, 2001
For those with any mystical inclination, this is a mustread.
It reveals the intricate and elaborately detailed constructsof the 'mystical world' of a spiritual healer known as 'Daskalos', asseen by a visiting Cypriot-American professor through his'anthropological glasses'.
The philosophy centers around esotericChristianity, but resonates most because of the excellentparallellisms it draws with other esoteric traditions such as theKabbala, Sufism and Hinduism. It speaks of spiritual healing, thenature of reality, the multiple planes of existence, reincarnation andkarma, and offers numerous incredibly insightful interpretations ofthe proverbs and stories of the bible. It is one of the few booksthat offers insight on the mechanics of death and rebirth, exomatosisand the law of karma.
This book is definitely mind-expandingregardless on your take on mysticism. I consider myself lucky to havecome across it and Daskalos himself in 1987. Though I am still tryingto interpret Daskalos' comment from my one hour meeting with him, thebook was definitely key to opening my mind to questioning mystical,social and political philosophies, the nature of existence andreligion...
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on March 1, 2005
Have you ever looked into the topic of energetic healing? Have you ever looked at biographies and autobiographies of healers? I have. I've read lots of them. And the "Magus of Strovolos", which is about "Stylianos Atteshlis", a Greek Cypriot healer who lived until the early 1990's, did what no single book has done that I've read so far. It tied everything together and proposed a truly complete view of things, from reincarnation and Karma, to healing, astral projection, to philosophy, to ethics necessary to move into the work. And, it was absolutely hilarious at times...

But before you decide that "funny" isn't a good thing in a book that covers this topic, let me tell you that it's not funny through and through. It's deadly serious at times. And the subject matter is so thought- provoking that I've found myself reading this book (and the subsequent two that are now out of print), several times, just to be sure that I didn't miss anything.

It's THAT good...
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VINE VOICEon July 7, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Indeed, I went on to read _Homage to the Sun_, _Fire in the Heart_, and _Riding with the Lion_. I recommend them all. I recognised in Daskalos a certain type of rare healer/teacher that can found all over the world. Personally, I think of these natural wise men as the true priest-kings of the world. The professional priests and professors have largely driven them underground or to society's margins, but the people always seem to recognise a man, or woman, of true Spirit. You can find them on the reservation, the ghetto or barrio, the hills of Appalachia, or remote Greek isles. They all seem to mysteriously share quite simular spiritual beliefs- are all united by the same "golden thread."

Of course, they also like to occasionally pull the leg of would-be students- especially gullible academics. This is because they want you to run everything you see and hear through the filters of your own reason and intuition.
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on January 3, 2007
I have often advised young people to travel the world, not as a tourist but for extended visits to immerse themselves in other cultures. If nothing else, the traveler encounters a diversity of beings and ways of living that change, to a greater or lesser degree, how one sees his or her normal life. New doors of perception open, new senses are enlivened, and when one returns "home" it is never quite the same as before. And that's what this book does to the spiritual or simply curious traveler.

Through young Markides' eyes, we stay at the home of a true magus, that is, one who understands how the life force operates beyond our normal perceptions. For the magus, it's somewhat of a workaday world of dealing with elemental beings, karmic energies (which he sometimes consciously "takes on" as a gift of mercy to others), and other forces of which we normal people are most often quite unaware. A magus, or magician, may be black (harmful) or white (helpful). In this case, get to see how a conscientious, helpful healer operates in a commonplace setting, surrounded by regular people. No pointy star-spangled hats or boiling pots of newts and goat hooves here. You'd walk right by him on the street.

This is a fascinating story sincerely chronicled by the author. We're given a peek behind the curtain of miracles and get a sense of how they happen, of what it takes (beyond the typical waving of a wand or sprinkling of stardust) to restore balance and healing where chaos and illness have prevailed. For anyone interested in the idea of natural or psychic healing, and to see how it happens in plausible, everyday circumstances, you'll really appreciate this story. Especially in this age of preposterous medical costs and the pharmaceutical shroud blanketing our health care system, it's encouraging to encounter a practice of real healing knowledge that's not only priceless, but free.
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on August 11, 2000
I completed this wonderful book just this past afternoon. I am compelled to discover the true identity of the Magus, if indeed he is still alive. What a fountain of knowledge and wisdom this great master possesses. Such a wide range of topics he can speak of, from demonology to cosmology, from one end of the scale to the other. A truly enlightening read, every page an education for the ever thirsty mind. The Magus shows us a path that can never lead to failure; a journey of self discovery and dissolution of the ego.
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on February 17, 2012
The initially sceptical Greek-American sociology Professor, Kyriakos Markides, documents the daily life of a miracle healer. He focuses on the interesting events and conversations, so the book is far from being a boring diary.

In addition to miracle healing, there are accounts of out of body experiences ("exomatosis"), exorcism, extra-sensory perception, memories of past lives, and turning a plant into copper (and sending the plant to a chemistry Professor, and getting an interesting reaction out of him). Markides witnesses only a little of it though, most of it being recounted by Daskalos (the healer) after the fact, but even that little is eye-opening stuff. Unlike Rudolf Steiner, Daskalos never says anything dumb or hopelessly unbelievable, which enhances the reader's interest in everything he says.
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on July 3, 1999
After thirty years of studing healing, I have finally found a book that is worth recommending to others. This is it. Read it.
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on January 23, 2000
This book is wonderful. I am a healing touch practitioner and found it so enlightening. He is truly a wonderful healer and the writer does a great job in getting the story across. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Homage To The Sun. It is going to take a lot to beat The Magus. Thanks for a great book.
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on November 5, 1998
This is a rich and rewarding book about a profound and complete spritual teaching and path. The author has contributed a narrative about his contacts with an authentic spiritual teacher. Those interested in healing and spirituality should read this book.
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on May 29, 2014
I'd read a lot of mainline Christian books (C.S. Lewis, many others), new thinkers (R. Bell, J. S. Spong), eastern influenced types (E. Tolle, A. H. Almaas, others), and made it to the 'secular' OOB specialists (R. Monroe, McMoneagle, Buhlman, Nicholls etc.), while looking into anything and everything of a testimonial nature relating to NDEs (H. Storm, Eadie, Atwater, von Lommel, many others). Add to this many Jewish writers covering everything from scientism (in it's many guises) to Kabbalah, and along the way listened to 25 of the 63 Teaching company courses on religion. (I like B. Ehrman and L. Johnson quite a bit). I tend to be a little jaded and impatient with re-hashes and dumbed down narratives, but I love to be surprised….

I was absolutely astonished and inspired by this book.

Perhaps it is necessary to go through the many steps and stages to be as blown away as I was, but I believe that in an earlier time a story such as this would be (and was) suppressed… perhaps for a combination of good reasons (ever changing authority!) and bad reasons (consolidation of political power)… but now we live in an age when we can learn mysticism from a practitioner, as Daskalos clearly was.

The only thing better would be a book (evidently never written) by Daskalos himself, covering every detail of his many experiences, spiritual practice, cosmogony, biblical (and other sacred texts?) hermeneutics, and step by step instructions for aspirant healers.

Nevertheless, I'm grateful for this powerful book and look forward to reading the rest of the Markides canon and related materials.
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