Esoterism and Symbol

Esoterism and Symbol

by R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz


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This is an initiation into the tone, structure, and mentality of Egyptian knowledge, the basis of all Western theology and science. It is a redefinition of those concepts which are basic to the pharaonic transmission—the glory of ancient Egypt. The author explores the "process of becoming" as related to consciousness and revealed in nature; the kinship between man and the mineral, plant and animal kingdoms; the stages of awareness leading to "Cosmic Consciousness"; and the mystery of the formation of substance into matter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892810147
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 02/01/1985
Edition description: Original
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 326,962
Product dimensions: 5.38(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

R. A. Schwaller de Lubicz (1887-1961) was one of the most important philosophers, mathematicians, and Egyptologists of this century. His elucidation of the temple at Luxor and his presentation of the Egyptian understanding of a special quality of innate consciousness form a bridge that links the sacred science of the Ancients to its rediscovery in our own time.

Table of Contents

1 Esoterism has no common measure with deliberate concealment of truth.

2 There is in man a cerebral intelligence and also an innate intelligence.

3 Cerebral intelligence depends upon the the recording of observed facts.

4 Intelligence—of—the—heart is purely a function of experienced innate consciousness.

5 Fundamentally, consciousness has two aspects: one is the result of comparisons, the other of identification.

6 Everything that lives, moves.

7 Appearance is the dualization of a single principle and defines nature, or living spirit.

8 Becoming, or formation of substance into matter, is the mystery of reflection.

9 When classifying becoming into kingdoms, genesis is time, matter or formed substance is space.

10 There are two possible functions of logic, one cerebral or mechanical, the other vital.

11 The definition of anything whatsoever in the natural or physical universe is innate consciousness.

12 The disaggregation of any being can affect its quantity through analysis or "mechanical logic."

13 Innate consciousness is inscribed in matter and is subject to all its transformations.

14 The faculty of "hearing" instinct and translating it in the brain is intuition.

15 Rational universe and metaphysical universe do not exist as essentially different entities.

16 Everything in the universe represents one of the possibilities immanent in the Source or Word.

17 The symbol is a conventional representation. The hieroglyph is direct, nonconventional writing.

18 The Kabbalah, as revelation of the esoteric meaning of the Testament of Moses, has given rise to a very false notion of' esoterism.

19 Esoterism is not a particular meaning hidden in a text, but a state of fusion.

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