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The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians Paperback – January 1, 2000
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Magnus Incognito was a cover name for William Walker Atkinson (Google that name) who was angry that the founders of the Rosicrucian Order in the United States took his published arcane teachings and works and claimed them as their own enlightenment for the purposes of forming their organization in the USA. William Walker Atkinson was the one and his books are a most read and are 5 Star material..
He does present an interesting view, though, when he says that there is considerable overlap in the borders of the mineral, vegetal, animal and human kingdoms, stating that the borders between each of this "reigns" are not that sharp or clear as many other authors defend (especially the border between superior animals and the Man). It is good to read something like that, in oposition of the theosophic and other esoteric authors common position that underestimate animal intelligence (especially the clear personality/individuality that superior animals DO have - sorry, theosophists!) and superestimate the difference between humans and the superior animals. In the middle of the general confusion of terms and concepts that the author does in dealing with "planes" and "principles", this is a very positive point of this book. It was for me a good surprise to find this un-orthodox view there.
In conclusion, I'd say that this is NOT a book for people who wants do learn, for the first time, the very basic principles of the esoteric view of the Cosmos, Life and Man, because of the lack of an standardized nomenclature (such as that adopted by later authors) and of a considerable amount of confusion between differnt terms and concepts. However, for the advanced student, it is a very valuable book because of the first chapters that describe the fundamental principles and manifestations of God, dealing with the creation of the Universe and the dawn of the manifestation. Just because of this, I'd recommend reading this book (just the first chapters!) - it poses a rather clarifying view of a quite complex subject, usually confused by many other authors of this field. But, for the rest of the text, I decidedly don't recommend it - unless if you are an advanced student with a sound basis of the area that will not get confused by the strange nomenclature and mix of different concepts that the author does.