Temple of the Cosmos: The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred

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In this guide to the cosmology of ancient Egypt, Jeremy Naydler recreates the experience of living in another time and place. Temple of the Cosmos explores Egypt's sacred geography and mythology; but more importantly, it reveals with unprecedented clarity an ancient consciousness in tune with the rhythms of the earth. The ancient Egyptians experienced their gods not as remote beings but rather as psychic and natural forces, transpersonal energies that played a part in everyday life. This direct experience of the ...

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Overview

In this guide to the cosmology of ancient Egypt, Jeremy Naydler recreates the experience of living in another time and place. Temple of the Cosmos explores Egypt's sacred geography and mythology; but more importantly, it reveals with unprecedented clarity an ancient consciousness in tune with the rhythms of the earth. The ancient Egyptians experienced their gods not as remote beings but rather as psychic and natural forces, transpersonal energies that played a part in everyday life. This direct experience of the gods shaped the Egyptian concepts of human development, healing, magic, and the soul's journey through the Underworld as described in the Books of the Dead. While building on the pioneering efforts of R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz and others, Temple of the Cosmos is much more than a recapitulation of previous theories of Egyptian spirituality. Rather, this book breaks new ground by placing the work of other Egyptologists in an original, magical context. The result is a brilliant reimagining of the Egyptian worldview and its sacred path of spiritual unfolding.

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Editorial Reviews

John Anthony West
"A valuable and original work."
Critical Review
“A book that breaks new ground, a scholarly yet esoteric approach to an ancient culture and religion.”
I. M. Oderberg
“. . . not only evokes the atmosphere of the myths, but re-creates that all too rare relationship with them that enables us to understand what it means to be part of ongoing cosmic processes as sacred realities.”
Clement Salaman
“The reader experiences living issues rather than the cold reconstructions of a guide book.”
Robert Masters
"An ambitious and lucid interpretation of ancient Egyptian consciousness, especially with respect to the experience of the sacred. As such the book also sheds light on the wild and mysterious psychospiritual currents of our present time, including the Goddess re-emergence."
author of Serpent in the Sky John Anthony West
"A valuable and original work."
Sunrise: Theosophical Perspectives I. M. Oderberg
“. . . not only evokes the atmosphere of the myths, but re-creates that all too rare relationship with them that enables us to understand what it means to be part of ongoing cosmic processes as sacred realities.”
Temenos Academy Review Clement Salaman
“The reader experiences living issues rather than the cold reconstructions of a guide book.”
From the Publisher
"A valuable and original work."

"An ambitious and lucid interpretation of ancient Egyptian consciousness, especially with respect to the experience of the sacred. As such the book also sheds light on the wild and mysterious psychospiritual currents of our present time, including the Goddess re-emergence."

“. . . not only evokes the atmosphere of the myths, but re-creates that all too rare relationship with them that enables us to understand what it means to be part of ongoing cosmic processes as sacred realities.”

“A book that breaks new ground, a scholarly yet esoteric approach to an ancient culture and religion.”

“The reader experiences living issues rather than the cold reconstructions of a guide book.”

Temenos Academic Reviews
Occasionally a book appears which is not only full of interesting facts but presents an inner meaning and significance of those facts, drawing the mind to an area of understanding which cannot be put into words. Jeremy Naydler's Temple of the Cosmos is such a book. . . .It is no coincidence that every aspect of the ancient Egyptian life upon which he touches discloses a similar quality.
—1997
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892815555
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 366,751
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeremy Naydler is a lecturer at Oxford University and has published widely on esoteric topics.

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Table of Contents

The Ancient Egyptian Experience of the Sacred

Preface

1. A Metaphysical Landscape
2. Interpenetrating Worlds
3. Myths of Cosmogenesis
4. The Marking of Time
5. The Marriage of Myth and History
6. The Theology of Magic
7. The Practice of Magic
8. The Soul Incarnate
9. The Soul Discarnate
10. Orientating in the Underworld
11. The Travails of the Underworld
12. The End of the Underworld Journey

Epilogue

Notes

Illustration Credits

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2000

    The Creed & Origin of the Eucharist?

    Astounding! Utterly one of the most periphreal studies delving into the conscience of man. Here, Naydler provide one with a fascinating journey internally(spiritual)within the mind. It is not however, a reading for the faint of heart. Naydler 'kicks' some real serious perspectives on the nature of the 'Nous.' And moreover, the study resonates with a passion which psychologically causes for a deep meditation and contemplation on one's life. I definitely, apropos consider this a must reading for the entire world. Perhaps, it will 'spark' mans' Soul-to balance its' lower-nature to that of its' higher-nature. Peace Out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    Outstanding book

    I bought the first edition of this book. It's one of the few books that ties the theories together well from De Lubicz to other non-traditional Egyptologists. Cuts to the core of Ancient Egyptian beliefs which are the real source of the art, architecture, and religions of today.

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