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Kybalion: a Study of the Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece [Hardcover]

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Oct 1998
Based on the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, the ancient Egyptian who founded astrology and alchemy, The Kybalion seeks to offer mystical and mysterious secrets of the past. This historic text explains the Hermetic philosophy of success and illumination of life, that belonged to ancient Egypt and Greece, and provides clear direction for implementing these timeless secrets in modern life.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yoga Publications Society (Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911662251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911662252
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,410,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The most common theory is that The Kybalion was authored by William Walker Atkinson, either alone or with others, such as Paul Foster Case and Elias Gewurz. Atkinson was known to use many pseudonyms, and to self-publish his works. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A strange little book! 3 Mar 2010
I came accross this book accidentally - or it came accross me, with an existing interest in philosophy & non-dualism.

Many of the ideas contained in the book are similar to those found in New Age reading and Eastern philosophy; everything in motion, opposites, vibration, you are not the body. There are also some very great differences,and the book is aimed at the magic/manifestation/power end of spiritual belief.

I have only rated with three stars because the book is written in such a strange way; neither well pitched to readers completely new to the philosophy, or to those familiar with some of the ideas. For example it is quite taken for granted that the reader is not body-identified, and other concepts are breezed over with statements along the lines of 'but we shall not expound upon that here'. In other places the detail is there, but without any explanation for how it is so, or how the concept relates to the teachings.

It came accross as poorly written - over punctuated & capitalised and inconsistently swinging from philosophical argument to great presuppositions. I appreciate that some of the style may be of a particular period, and initially I found it quite charming. Here are a couple of sentences from the book showing the style to expect when reading this book:

"There is one more matter of which we desire to speak in this lesson, and that comes very near to an invasion of the Metaphysical field of speculation, although our purpose is merely to show the futility of such speculation.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
By Laura De Giorgio TOP 1000 REVIEWER
A number of other books has been written about these seven principles, using somewhat more modern language, but this book is the classic. This is not just a theory or a philosophy - the principles, being universal, are down-to-earth practical. If you apply them consciously in your life, your life will change.

While in times long gone by, these may have seemed to be only arbitrary spiritual principles, they are in accord with the view of quantum physics. Kybalion states that universe is mind-like in nature; quantum physics states that the universe is composed out of intelligent energy. The rest of the book describes how to manifest anything with one's thoughts - the process of manifestation, and it reminds me of the book "Dimensional Structure of Consciousness" by Samuel Avery.

The most important part of this book - other than pointing out these principles is that they are UNIVERSAL - they allways work, they express throughout nature and if you use them and apply the consciously, you can create whatever you can possibly desire in your life. You will know then that there is a law and that it works with mathematical precision, and that you can ALWAYS count on it.

The moment you grasp this truth, you will never ever again wish or hope for something to happen, you will know that you have the power to create it and you will be certain of it. And when you use this principles consciously and experience the truth of them - no one in the entire world will ever be able to talk you out of fulfilling your heart's desires. Even if the entire world doubts and laughs at you, you will not care because you'll KNOW that you CAN. You will have the "key".
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Illumination Even For Beginners 5 Feb 1999
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A very strange little book this, it was lent to me by a good friend and I thought it would take am weekend to read! At the time I failed to understand his analogy of the book to that of an onion. Now I understand. When you read this book you will abosrb a tiny fraction of the material and each time you choose to re-read a chapter, it's as if whole paragraphs are revealed to you for the firts time - a bit like removing successive layers from an onion skin. I find this book to be a foundation for any magik and although perhaps not easily understood in places, the more it is read, somehow the more you are allowed to understand. I now have had to return the book and am about to purchase a copy for myself. I agree with the others, it will be the best $14 I have spent for a very long time. A superb work and an absolute must for any collection worthy of the name.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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This book originally transmitted orally for generations, Is literally "The Key" to the great work and to 'mastery' of all philosophies. In addition, this book is a must for anyone interested in Alchemy, Hermetic Philosophy, and the origins of the Physical Sciences and Transcendental Sciences.
SUPERB: A work Worthy of the Great Ones!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! You should read this book. 30 May 2003
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A great introduction to occult wisdom. Anyone who is interested in the big questions about life and reality would do well to read this small volume. The writing style is dated, however this does not detract from the teaching or power delivered through the Hermetic principles.

A wise man once said that beautiful words are often not truthful words, and truthful words are often not beautiful words. This book does not contain any beautiful words or fanciful language, but my conviction is that it does contain extraordinary truth and wisdom. Simply the best occult book that I've ever read.
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Anyone looking to understand more about the Law of Attraction and the Universal Laws will really get a lot from this book. I highly recommend it.
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A very eye opening book that I was unable to put it down!
It sounds a little way out in places but give it a try and you will be utterly amazed by the results!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Through a glass darkly
"The Kybalion" is a spiritual classic published in 1908 summarizing Hermetic philosophy, or at least a modern adaptation of the same. Read more
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This book was much better than I anticipated. there is no beating around the bush, everything is direct and basic. A must have if you are a student of the the mysteries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun romp through Neoplatonism
This is a cute little book and requires only a couple of hours to race through. A psychedelic romp through neo-Platonism. Easy to digest and highly unoriginal. Its clear. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2012 by Pillowtail
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice version, but go to the source
This is the BOTA version of "The Kybalion", and Paul Foster Case was one of the "Three Initiates".
It is a beautifully produced version, but massively over-priced everywhere... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Seeker
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect metaphorical philosophy, hence a must.
This short pamphlet wants to present to "students" the hermetic philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece, particularly Hermes Trismegisto/us. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2011 by Jacques COULARDEAU
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