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"An impressive, beautifully realized presentation that deserves consideration, discussion and debate. For those of you with interest in alternative approaches to ancient Egypt, The Temple of Man will be and important addition to your library." (KMT, 1998)

"As complete an insight into the mind of pharaonic Egypt as will be found on paper. . . . Coming to the worldview from our mindset places serious damands on the reader. But, this book is both dizzying and transporting, offering the possibility of immersion in another world, cleansing the mind and clarifying the extent and the limitations of our own mental tools for grasping our world." (MKS, Whole Earth, 1998)

"This astonishing and monumental book helps us understand not only the greatness of Egypt, but the depths of the human soul as well. The work of Schwaller de Lubicz stands in our time as an unsurpassed blending of objective scholarship and philosophical vision." (Jacob Needleman, author of Time and the Soul)

"In The Temple of Man, renowned Egyptologist R.A. Schwaller De Lubicz offers an exhaustive study of the temple of Amun-Mut-Khonsu at Luxor. In over 1000 pages of text, illustrations and photographs, De Lubicz demonstrates the powerful spiritual and philosophical heritage of ancient Egyptian civilization." (Publishers Weekly)

"Schwaller's grand synthesis reveals, once and for all, the full extent and significance of the knowledge of Ancient Egypt." (Parabola)

"Le Temple de l'homme by Schwaller de Lubicz is an absolute must for all who are interested in the search for the truth about Ancient Egypt and its pivotal place in the unfolding of the cosmic drama and the human quest for immortality and spiritual perfection. For years we have all waited for an English translation. Here it is at last!" (Robert G. Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery: Unlocking the Secrets of the Pyramids and Message of)

"Schwaller's text demands that it not be just read, but that it be 'thought along with.' His scientific writings contain poetic and spiritual insights that touch the soul . . . because true science, as he conceives it, is capable of generating those insights--indeed, it demands that they be generated." (Gnosis Magazine)

"In my view, The Temple of Man is the most important work of scholarship of this century. R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz finally proves the existence of the legendary 'sacred science' of the Ancients and systematically demonstrates its modus operandi. It was this great science--based upon an intimate and exact knowledge of cosmic principles--that fused art, religion, science, and philosophy into one coherent whole and sustained Ancient Egypt for three thousand years." (John Anthony West, author of Serpent in the Sky)

"Schwaller de Lubicz's great work, grounded in a remarkable insight into the science and philosophy of the ancient world, opens the way to a complete reappraisal of Egyptian civilization, revolutionizing our view of history." (John Michell, author of The New View Over Atlantis)

In the first Renaissance, the Florentines went back to the knowledge of the ancient Greeks. In this, our planetary Renaissance, we return to the esoteric knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians. The research and intuitions of Schwaller de Lubicz should be placed alongside Evans-Wentz's recovery of the esoteric knowledge of Tibet. (William Irwin Thompson, author of At the Edge of History)

"Schwaller de Lubicz is one of the major thinkers of the twentieth century--his greatness, alas, still not fully recognized, although readers who know Sacred Science and Symbol and the Symbolic treasure them as masterpieces. But his greatest and most massive achievement is The Temple of Man, surely one of the seminal works of the last half century. The news that it is to be finally published in English will delight all admirers of this highly original philosopher." (Colin Wilson, author of The Outsider and The Philosopher's Stone)

"The Temple of Man will live, like statues of Ramesses, long after we and those who follow us have joined the pharaohs. This is an eternal work, just as Egypt is eternal. To enter the minds of the Ancient Egyptians through this door will lead any reader into an enchanted realm where form and structure have life, where stone breathes and  perspires, and where the palpitating heart of traditional wisdom still throbs amongst the sands." (Robert Temple, translator of The Complete Fables of Aesop and author of The Sirius Mystery)

"The Temple of Man is a monumental product of intellect, scholarship, and exploration into the 'pharaonic mentality' of Ancient Egypt. There is no work more ambitious in seeking to render accessible the consciousness of a time and place remote from and extremely alien to our own. The sufficiently careful and aware reader can actually take on enough of the mindset being described as to arrive at states of consciousness unlike any experienced by contemporary people. It then becomes possible to glimpse that extraordinary 'mentality' which cast in Egypt a spell of luminous fascination still potent after thousands of years." (Robert Masters, author of The Way to Awaken and The Goddess Sekhmet)

"An important addition to the library of any serious metaphysician." (Pythia Peay, Common Boundary)

"The Temple of Man is an accomplishment of truly Herculean proportions. Nothing written in the past two hundred years, with the exeption of only one book, even approaches it in enormity of purpose, scope, subject matter, majasty and profundity. . . . One needs to learn to read this book and then immerse oneself in it. Were on to do this, and assuming diligence, sincerity, determination and some ingenuity by the reader, the outcome toward which all human life is aimed, the evolution of consciousness is assured." (Atlantis Rising)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1088 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions; 2-Volume Set edition (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892815701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892815708
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 3.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on November 22, 1999
Format: Hardcover
R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz spent 15 years at Luxor attempting to solve the riddle of Egytpian civilization. His final considerations are expounded fully in The Temple of Man. Lovingly translated by Robert Lawlor, this book is at long last available in English.
From his premise the Ancient Egytpian Civilization was more advanced and complex that modern research admits, Schwaller uses the Temple Complex at Luxor to expound his theory of Sacred Science, a science based on Natural Law and personal discovery.
The information in this book requires a deep dedication to comprehend. It challenges the reader not only to diversify their own knowledge base, but also to look at the world through new eyes with a new heart.
Time will tell if Schwaller de Lubicz is right, already many of his notions are being realized as possible, and many researchers are beginning to look seriously at his work.
As his magnum opus, The Temple of Man presents his work as it was meant to be. Fully and completely. This book is destined to become a classic of independent research into the mysteries of the development of human thought.
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The Temple of Man

By Schwaller de Lubicz

Original French text translated to English

by Deborah and Robert Lawlor

Published by Inner Traditions International, 1998

Language: English

ISBN: 0892815701

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Dr. Colette M. Dowell

I wonder what drives personal passion so rigorously that one's lifetime is spent pursuing it. Is it the ultimate goal of resolution and the final achievement of understanding that surpasses any other desire? Or what?

Schwaller de Lubicz spent his entire lifetime pursuing his deep passion of figuring and comprehending the link between so-called cosmic realms and terrestrial nature including alchemy, physics, mathematics, geometry, art, astronomy, and, among his favorites, symbolism. He spent over fifteen years engaged in his studies of Ancient Egyptian Anthropocosmos Man and his temples. His work, The Temple of Man, reflects such skill and determination of comprehending Pharaonic Consciousness, it exceeds far beyond any other works of disciplined study along these lines I have ever encountered. The voluminous material in The Temple of Man is delivered with the great detail and gifted clarity for which Schwaller was so adept. Schwaller, however, did not achieve this great work of art by himself. Lucie Lamy, his stepdaughter and most indispensable lifelong collaborator, kept many research notes and drafted the graphics and illustrations. Deborah and Robert Lawlor demonstrated pure love in their translation of Schwaller's French text into English, (which must have been an incredible task). And Inner Traditions deserves applause for producing such a fine piece of art in book form.
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De Lubicz's masterpiece, available for the first time in English, has been giving a beautiful translation and presentation.
While not for the faint of heart, it is required reading for any serious student of esotericism, hermeticism, sacred geometry or ancient Egypt.
In all honesty, I haven't yet finished this two-volume set (it's a massive, dense, thought-requiring work) but it's impossible for me to imagine my opinion changing radically once I do.
Surely, this is one of the most important works of the 20th century.
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I highly recommend this book to those of you interested in understanding the substance of reality. It begins very quickly and continues to delve deeper and deeper building on the principles defined in previous chapters. I have not gotten very far, as I find myself having to read and re-read paragraphs, however i am loving the challenge to understand and grasp the abstract concepts defined in these earlier pages. It is definately not an easy read, but the ideas and concepts are not easy concepts to grasp. I found the book a little more complex and detailed than I was expecting, which I find a pleasant surprise, especially for the price. I've searched far and wide for a better understanding of ancient knowledge that has now become such a vital part of everything religious, hermetic, philosophical, etc, in these times. This book is so far one of the best and most complete sources I have read, and i'm not even halfway through. It is a beautifully bound and packaged set, definately worth every penny. If you're ready to take the leap to some serious understanding, spend the money and enjoy the read. This is an incredible translation.
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Schwaller is not an easy read; you won't be burning through the pages. Lots of math which you can skip over, but Schwaller has penetrated what modern Egyptologists don't have the mental capacity to understand. This is what sets Schwaller apart from the rest; he explains to you the Pharonic mentality, the doctrine of the Anthropocosmos, and that the greatest teacher is Nature. You will also learn about the limits of our modern science and the limits of cerebral comprehension. The content can be quite dry as Schwaller does not seem to put any emphasis on entertaining while writing. Props to the translators of this text; the books are wonderfully bound and just a beautiful set to have on the coffee table. Note: Schwaller reveals nothing. As a man of the highest order, he does not explain to you the student, what you need to know. He guides you and it is only your ability to understand which will determine your comprehension of the material. This is how it was done for thousands of years, so don't expect anything to be spelled out for your in the same manner your college professor may have done for you.
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