- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Philosophical Research Society (June 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0893144274
- ISBN-13: 978-0893144272
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism: The Key to Esoteric Christianity Paperback – June 1, 2010
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Manly P. Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society, a non-profit organization in 1934, dedicated to the dissemination of useful knowledge in the fields of philosophy, comparative religion, and psychology. In his long career, spanning more than seventy years of dynamic public activity, Mr. Hall delivered over 7,500 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.
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To those unfamiliar with the subject....Christian Gnosticism consists loosely of the ideas that the god of the Old Testament was perhaps a tad bit too nasty, provincial and limited in power to be the One, True God. Consequently, Christ was incarnated in order to remind men of their truly Heavenly origin and eventual return, so that the veil of ignorance could be lifted and Salvation could be won by this Saving Knowledge. Though man's mortal body was crafted by an inferior Demiurge, he was an ensouled Being who had a Divine spark that once ignited, could burn inwardly and illuminate himself as well as others.
There is a short survey of Eastern Gnosis as found in the more Northern esoterically minded Buddhists, and a slight seque into the more conservative Eastern branches of Hinduism, Taoism and Confucianism.
At a time when Pagan philosophy had produced disciples whose ethics perhaps rendered them nicer than Yahweh, yet the sublime Truths of the Christos were undeniable in their Spiritual efficacy, Gnosticism became an original, experential combining of Greek mystery tradition and Christian Revelation.
Well worth the read, if one is so inclined to such a subject!
This looks like my first of many to come!
For me, this book was a complete waste of my money.
In "The Wisdom of the Wise Ones", Hall discusses the beliefs held by the Gnostics; the parallels between Gnosticism and both Eastern & Western philosophies; Alexandria - the seat of mysticism; what happened to Gnosticism; as well as the symbolism used by this group.
Here are some of the insights I gained re: Gnosticism:
*Gnosticism is a form of esoteric christianity
*Gnostics didn't take bible stories literally - instead, they searched for the hidden meanings
*Gnostics were very tolerant of other religions - believing that a person's religion was based on their current emotions & perceptions. In other words, we interpret things differently based on "where we are" at the time.
*They viewed spirit as the highest state of matter, and matter as the lowest state of spirit
*They saw human beings as the bridge between nature & God
*They believed that each soul ascends through successive stages of being - learning & growing along the way
*They saught to find the middle-ground between the 2 most prevalent theologies of the time - christianity & paganism
*They believed that it's the mystery, not the interpretation that's real (and our interpretation = our religion)
*They believed that everyone would grow & change over time, and as such, their interpretations (religious choices)would grow & change as well.
Through reading this book, I was also reminded that much of what we deal with today - such as violence, scams, war & conspiricies - isn't new. The people who lived thousands of years ago were dealing with the same things...
Overall, I found "The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones" to be quite interesting. So, if you are interested in learning about Gnosticism, or enjoy reading about ancient cultures, I would highly recommend it.
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