Examines how the similarities of symbols and wisdom across many cultures point to an ancient civilizing plan and system of ancient instruction • Reveals the shared cosmological knowledge of Dogon and Maori cultures, ancient Egypt, Gobekli ...
Author: Laird Scranton
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Examines how the similarities of symbols and wisdom across many cultures point to an ancient civilizing plan and system of ancient instruction • Reveals the shared cosmological knowledge of Dogon and Maori cultures, ancient Egypt, Gobekli Tepe, Vedic India, the pre-Indian Sakti civilization, Buddhism, the Tibetan Bon religion, and the kabbalistic tradition of the Hebrews • Explores symbols and techniques used to frame and preserve instructed knowledge as it was transmitted orally from generation to generation • Explains how this shared ancient knowledge relates to the precessional year and the cycles of time known as the yugas Exploring the mystery of why so many ancient cultures, separated by time and distance, share remarkably similar cosmological philosophies and religious symbolism, Laird Scranton reveals how this shared creation tradition upholds the idea that ancient instruction gave birth to the great civilizations, each of which preserves fragments of the original knowledge. Looking at the many manifestations of this shared cosmological knowledge, including in the Dogon and Maori cultures and in ancient Egypt, Gobekli Tepe, Vedic India, Buddhism, the Tibetan Bon religion, and the kabbalistic tradition of the Hebrews, Scranton explores the thought processes that went into formulating the archetype themes and metaphors of the ancient symbolic system. He examines how commonly shared principles of creational science are reflected in key terms of the ancient languages. He discusses how the primal cosmology also transmitted key components of sacred science, such as sacred geometry, knowledge of material creation, and the nature of a nonmaterial universe--evidence for which lies in the orientation of ancient temples, the drama of initiations and rituals, and countless traditional myths. He analyzes how this shared knowledge relates to the precessional year and the cycles of time known as the yugas. He also explores evidence of the concept of a nonmaterial twin universe to our own--the “above” to our “below” in the famous alchemical and hermetic maxim. Through his extensive research into the interconnected wisdom of the ancients, Scranton shows that the forgotten instructional tradition at the source of this knowledge was deliberately encoded to survive for countless generations. By piecing it back together, we can discover the ancient plan for guiding humanity forward toward greater enlightenment.
“Cosmic blueprint” is an appropriate description of the essential nature of wisdom
as a primordial factor “acquired” by God ... Von Rad (1972, 153–155), who
explores possible ancient prototypes such as the Egyptian goddess Ma'at,
Author: Will Kynes
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This collection of leading scholars presents reflections on both wisdom as a general concept throughout history and cultures, as well as the contested nature of the category of Wisdom Literature. The first half of the collection explores wisdom more generally with essays on its relationship to skill, epistemology, virtue, theology, and order. Wisdom is examined in a number of different contexts, such as historically in the Hebrew Bible and its related cultures, in Egypt and Mesopotamia, as well as in Patristic and Rabbinic interpretation. Additionally, wisdom is examined in its continuing relevance in Islamic, Jewish, and Christian thought, as well as from feminist, environmental, and other contextual perspectives. The second half of the volume considers "Wisdom Literature" as a category. Scholars address its relation to the Solomonic Collection, its social setting, literary genres, chronological development, and theology. Wisdom Literature's relation to other biblical literature (law, history, prophecy, apocalyptic, and the broad question of "Wisdom influence") is then discussed before separate chapters on the texts commonly associated with the category. Contributors take a variety of approaches to the current debates surrounding the viability and value of Wisdom Literature as a category and its proper relationship to the concept of wisdom in the Hebrew Bible. Though the organization of the volume highlights the independence of wisdom as concept from "Wisdom Literature" as a category, seeking to counter the lack of attention given to this question in the traditional approach, the inclusion of both topics together in the same volume reflects their continued interconnection. As such, this handbook both represents the current state of Wisdom scholarship and sets the stage for future developments.
The Celestial Scriptures will challenge every spiritual principle that has been imposed upon us through tenets or organized religions.
Author: C. M. Houck
The Celestial Scriptures will challenge every spiritual principle that has been imposed upon us through tenets or organized religions. It is not easy to face the fact that religious pronouncements—often contradictory—are primarily distortions regarding some universal truth as seen through myth and superstition. The Celestial Scriptures will challenge the reader to get acquainted with a means of spiritual understanding that is unfamiliar, for it reinstates an extremely ancient device as a teaching tool. The irony is that most people in our technilogical society have at least a passing awareness of this device and associate it with a frivolous pastime. In spite of all humankind's technological advances, we have not learned to override the conditioned religious interpretations that were set down by ancestors who insisted that the Earth was the center of Creation. We have climbed out of such simplemindedness and have raised virtual mountains of technological wonders. But amazingly, from the summits these mountains where we are privileged to peer into the living heart of universal truths, we still bow before mythic explanations and superstitions! It is time to face the fact that deceptions have lurked in the halls of faith for far too long.
... aimed at extracting and reassembling a holistic and primal wisdom, essentially
the prisca sapientia of the Neoplatonic tradition. Alchemy, natural philosophy,
and biblical hermeneutics were all paths to the recovery of this ancient wisdom.
Author: William R. Newman
Publisher: Princeton University Press
A book that finally demystifies Newton’s experiments in alchemy When Isaac Newton’s alchemical papers surfaced at a Sotheby’s auction in 1936, the quantity and seeming incoherence of the manuscripts were shocking. No longer the exemplar of Enlightenment rationality, the legendary physicist suddenly became “the last of the magicians.” Newton the Alchemist unlocks the secrets of Newton’s alchemical quest, providing a radically new understanding of the uncommon genius who probed nature at its deepest levels in pursuit of empirical knowledge. In this evocative and superbly written book, William Newman blends in-depth analysis of newly available texts with laboratory replications of Newton’s actual experiments in alchemy. He does not justify Newton’s alchemical research as part of a religious search for God in the physical world, nor does he argue that Newton studied alchemy to learn about gravitational attraction. Newman traces the evolution of Newton’s alchemical ideas and practices over a span of more than three decades, showing how they proved fruitful in diverse scientific fields. A precise experimenter in the realm of “chymistry,” Newton put the riddles of alchemy to the test in his lab. He also used ideas drawn from the alchemical texts to great effect in his optical experimentation. In his hands, alchemy was a tool for attaining the material benefits associated with the philosopher’s stone and an instrument for acquiring scientific knowledge of the most sophisticated kind. Newton the Alchemist provides rare insights into a man who was neither Enlightenment rationalist nor irrational magus, but rather an alchemist who sought through experiment and empiricism to alter nature at its very heart.
Despite not being initiated, the Emperor Constantine was well aware of the
existence of an ancient wisdom, when in ... is associated with the institutions
engendered by this primal wisdom, although we have buried it beneath the social
order of ...
Author: RUDOLF STEINER
Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
‘If one is unable to conceive of the Christ mystery as a true reality, one also cannot develop any ideas and concepts relating to the rest of world existence that are imbued with reality, which really penetrate to the truth’. – Rudolf Steiner In a series of 17 lectures, Rudolf Steiner throws new light on the historical background and esoteric meaning of what he refers to as the central event of human and earthly history: the Christ mystery or ‘the Mystery of Golgotha’. Basing his commentaries on personal spiritual research, Steiner emphasizes the key nature of the Mystery of Golgotha, through which ‘...something was accomplished which has to do not with the moral order alone but with the whole world-order in its entirety’. This relates to a transformation of the spiritual environment of the earth and a potentially radical change in human consciousness. Building on the core themes of this course, Steiner presents a variety of fascinating topics, including: original sin and the idea of resurrection; faith and knowledge; the nature of sleep and the riddle of fatigue; the violation of the mysteries by the Roman Emperors; the teachings of Mani and Augustine; our relationship to the dead in spiritualistic séances; and the correspondence between the Platonic year, a day in a person’s life and a human life-time. Although first delivered to audiences a century ago, these lectures have lost none of their resonance; indeed, their essential message is perhaps more relevant than ever. They are published here in a new translation and for the first time in a complete English edition. ‘So let us endeavour to make spiritual science our own not merely as a teaching but as a language, and then wait until we find the questions in this language that we may address to Christ. He will answer, yes He will answer!’
... silent testament to his frustration . The Yi Ching teaches that success comes
from the primal depths of the universe if one perseveres in what is right . Good , to
Love ( Hao ) :女子。 43 Ancient wisdom | become one with his instruments so
Author: Philip Z. Trupp
Publisher: Capital Books Incorporated
The ancient art and philosophy of Chinese calligraphy is tantalizingly presented in this allegorical tale of the scholar Chu Shui Hu and his coming of age, beautifully illustrated with calligraphic art throughout.
The primal religions are not ancient traditions now long dead . These religious
traditions have survived into the present ; often in spite of the world religions ,
which have sought to dominate our spirituality and to claim the human soul for
Author: Vivianne Crowley
Publisher: Carlton Books Limited
Our ancesiors' beliefs contain within them the seeds of universal truths that have transcended time and can be found in many of our beliefs today. Indeed, in many parts of the world, inherent belief systems continue to be practiced. Ancient Wisdom looks at the fundamentals of these belief systems, how they have shaped the societies in which they are based, and what they can offer us in the fast-paced, technological society we inhabit today. The shared human quest to make sense of our lives and our place in the cosmos is the common characteristic to be found in all the spiritual and magical traditions that are included in this book.
Before then , the early legends of the ancient Northern gods and heroes were
transmitted in song and poem through the generations . ... The first two beings
were Ymir the Frost Giant and Audumla , the primal cow / mother . Audumla
licked a ...
Author: Cassandra Eason
This work draws together 40 different kinds of magic from around the world and shows how they can be used to refocus our energies and strengthen our intuition on the path to a better life.
But the Mind , the Father of all , who is life and light , brought forth a ( Primal )
Man ( i . e . , Anthropos ) equal to himself . He loved Man as his own son , for he (
i . e . , Man ) was very beautiful , since he possessed the image of his Father .
Author: Stephen A. McKnight
Conventional interpretations of the Renaissance have long held that the period signaled an epochal break in which science and secularization combined to form a distinctly modern consciousness. McKnight challenges this concept of modernity by identifying and analyzing a neglected source of modern consciousness: the prisca theologia tradition of Hermeticism, magic, and alchemy, which was revived as part of the Renaissance recovery of ancient learning. Focusing on Hermetic materials, McKnight discusses the key myths and symbols of the prisca theologia tradition and shows how they influenced the new epochal consciousness and contributed to the modern concept of man as master over nature and shaper of his own destiny.
The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom recounts the history of these “Serpents”-where they came from, why they came, the secret wisdom they disseminated, and why they are returning now.
Author: Mark Amaru Pinkham
Publisher: SCB Distributors
According to ancient records, the patriarchs and founders of the early civilizations in Egypt, India, China, Peru, Mesopotamia, Britain, and the Americas were colonized by the Serpents of Wisdom-spiritual masters associated with the serpent-who arrived in these lands after abandoning their beloved homelands and crossing great seas. While bearing names denoting snake or dragon (such as Naga, Lung, Djedhi, Amaru, Quetzalcoatl, Adder, etc.), these Serpents of Wisdom oversaw the construction of magnificent civilizations within which they and their descendants served as the priest kings and as the enlightened heads of mystery school traditions. The Return of the Serpents of Wisdom recounts the history of these “Serpents”-where they came from, why they came, the secret wisdom they disseminated, and why they are returning now.