The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages

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by Manly P. Hall
     
 

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"He who has not even a knowledge of common things is a brute among men. He who has an accurate knowledge of human concerns alone is a man among brutes. But he who knows all that can be known by intellectual energy, is a God among men."

Through mental perversity some men do not desire pleasure. In reality, however, pleasure (especially of a physical nature) is the true end of existence and exceeds in every way mental and spiritual enjoyments. Pleasure, furthermore, is limited wholly to the moment; now is the only time. The past cannot be regarded without regret and the future cannot be faced without misgiving; therefore neither is conducive to pleasure. No man should grieve, for grief is the most serious of all diseases. Nature permits man to do anything he desires; he is limited only by his own laws and customs. A philosopher is one free from envy, love, and superstition, and whose days are one long round of pleasure. Philosophers differ markedly from other men in that they alone would not change the order of their lives if all the laws of men were abolished.

The object of his philosophy is the elevation of the mind to the point where it is capable of controlling the will. There is no higher pursuit.

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ISBN-13:
9780715636060
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/21/2006
Pages:
768

Meet the Author

Manly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 - August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, published in 1928 when he was 27 years old.

It is claimed that Hall was made a knight patron of the Masonic Research Group of San Francisco in 1953, although he was not raised as a Mason until 22 November 1954 into Jewel Lodge No. 374 , San Francisco. He later received his 32° in the Valley of San Francisco AASR (SJ). In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33° Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) on December 8,1973.). The definitive Manly Palmer Hall Archive states that Hall received the 33°, "despite never being initiated into the physical craft."

In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles.

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The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
ryzat More than 1 year ago
all the wisdom of the ancients in one volume. its a great book, but make sure you get an edition that has the colored plates and all the illustrations, it makes a world of difference and well worth the added cost. i know other people like it too, my 1st two copies were stolen, hopefully by someone who really got into the info provided in this book
akihiko More than 1 year ago
This book has a good general introduction into the systems of Western occultism, or what some call, the Western Esoteric Tradition. It does bear some of the markings of its time, however: for example, the other believes in the Baconian theory about Shakespeare, claiming that William Shakespeare lacked the proper education and could not have written the plays attributed to him. A whole book could be written on that topic, so I am not going to demonstrate the theory's flaws here. He also, as a Freemason, seeks to link every single esoteric tradition to modern Freemasonry. It makes the book come off more as a conspiracy theory than anything else; Freemasonry, without a doubt, has absorbed a great deal from the traditions preceding it, but they are not explicit, strong links. In reverse, as well, the book tries to link all traditions back to Atlantis; the same criticism applies: any possible links, to a potentially non-existent continent, are tenuous. Read this book if you are interested in a general history of the occult, with focus on individual systems, or even if you just need a little inspiration for writing, which is why I bought it.
Aliester More than 1 year ago
A very thought provoking read. Manly P. Hall was truly illuminated.
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This by far one of the best books and editions I have read.
windfeather More than 1 year ago
Hearsay writing; no documentation. Some will like it, some will not. A reference work of some value, I suppose.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Recommended for occult teaching lovers.
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fellowmysterywriter More than 1 year ago
Who wrote about the masons and made millions? Oh yes, and stuff about the vatican and just keeps on going... well... if you know NOTHING about the masons EVERYTHING IS IN HIS BOOK RE; SIGNS, SIGNALS, SECRET ORGS... and what was this about all the research (Mr. Brown!) Also, when I was very, very young and he was very, very old -- Not Mr. Brown -- but the author, I heard him speak in L.A. Fabulous mind, outstanding library still standing... visit it some time. It's called the Philosophical Society on Wilshire near downtown...
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JustJim More than 1 year ago
If you dabble in arcane and esoteric knowledge, this will be a good book to add to your library.
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