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The Temple in Man: Sacred Architecture and the Perfect Man
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2006
In this book, the result of an intense survey of the Temple of Luxor, de Lubicz outlines his view that the Temple was deliberately designed as a symbol of the Microcosmic Man writ in stone. Each part of the Temple correlates with a section of the human body, to such a degree that de Lubicz contends the ancient Egyptians knew far more about the workings of the body and especially the brain than they are generally given credit for. This hypothesis is the gist of the book, however de Lubicz also delves unashamedly into related ideas concerning the radical variations in the way the Egyptians viewed the world, as opposed to people in this day and age. He argues strongly that the Egyptians viewed reality somewhat in the Platonic sense; that the Idea is the true, unchanging reality, and the material world is but a myriad of symbols (or shadows) alluding to that reality.
The author certainly knows his own mind, however occasionally I found some of his thinking rather hard to get to grips with, though I am new to his work. This is a book to be studied slowly and carefully, to ponder over and digest. Despite the odd occasion when the author seemed to be speaking over my head, paradoxically there were also quite a few times when I was quite amazed at the clarity and wisdom of his words. For example, he sums up the principle of correspondence (As above, so below) quite beautifully:
"It is said that “Man is of Nature; Man is in Nature, and Nature and Man are One.” Now, Man cannot create - that is to say, make something out of Nothing - any more than Nature can. Man is identified with Nature, and any “creation of the mind” (implying human thought), which is but an assemblage of existing parts, is the result of a state of Consciousness that makes the connections between the qualities and possibilities of the Universe on the one hand, and their organic summation in the individual on the other. Man is the individualization of all the functions, affinities, and powers of the Universe, and Consciousness is the Measure of individualization, rendering actual that which is virtual in the cosmic harmony."
Some would say that the author is merely projecting his alchemical outlook onto the subject matter, however the same allegation (of projection) could be levelled at conventional Egyptologists, in the sense that they are projecting a materialistic outlook onto the endeavours of a highly spiritual and religious people. De Lubicz seems, to my mind, to have strived to get into the mind of the ancient Egyptian, into "pharaonic thought," as he calls it. My opinion is that he does provide some rather striking evidence for his theory, and along the way I got a glimpse into a highly intelligent and disciplined mind, which has left me wanting more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2012
What can I say here? The man was a genius. The book is a masterpiece. If you are reading these reviews on Amazon, chances are that you are probably well aware what Schwaller de Lubicz accomplished during his lifetime, and who he was - and there is no point of repeating that information here. As with any other book written by him, almost every sentence and paragraph is important, as he is not wasting any unnecessary words on the reader (this is not a long book, 8 chapters, 132 pages, several photos and charts - but in case like this, it doesn't have to be).

In this book he is examining esoteric symbolism in Temple of Luxor, its significance in ancient Egypt, and he is also attesting that what is true for the Temple of Luxor is also true for other monuments from all the Egyptian dynasties. I think that the following perfectly describes, in his own words, what his reasoning/thinking process was: "Through symbolism and through it alone can we read the thought of the Ancients. It is only through the symbolical that we will be able to coordinate the known elements of this great civilization and that the writing may take on its true meaning". It is something that even now (or maybe especially now), most of orthodox Egyptologists are simply ignoring or not paying enough attention to (as Lubicz is saying in this case: "the philosophical connection of the accumulated data is lacking").

The architecture of The Temple of Luxor is a way in which ancient Egyptians tried to communicate/convey wonders of the human body, brain (with importance given to the crown of the skull) and its connection to Human Microcosm (an image of a Microcosmic Man). The entire temple, in a way, becomes a book explaining the secret functions of vital centres of the human body. At this point it is also obvious that Egyptologists are simply wrong when saying that the Egyptians didn't know the human body's anatomy and physiology (as Lubicz is saying in the defense of the ancient Knowledge: "People cling obstinately to the "classical" prejudice and, in order to defend this thesis, prefer to link the ancient Egyptians with the anthropoids!"). As a side note, at one point he is also briefly discussing connection of Gothic cathedrals with the Temple of Luxor - which is also a fascinating reading material.

As I said before, almost every sentence here is important and is a masterpiece in itself:

"The Universe is only consciousness and presents only an evolution of consciousness, from beginning to end, which is the return to its Cause. The aim of every "initiatory" religion is to teach the way that leads to this the ultimate merging".

"Within the Temple of Egypt, psycho-spiritual growth was wedded to precise intellectual and physiological disciplines which acted to accelerate the influence and transformative effects of spirit"

"It is a library containing the totality of knowledge pertaining to universal creative powers, embodied in the building itself"

Bear in mind, this is the book that probably has to be read more than once, to truly appreciate the wisdom and philosophy of the author. It has to be read slowly, with understanding as this is not a book that you can read on the bus/train on your way to work (if you do that: you are probably not going to appreciate the full meaning and essence of author's work, and you are completely missing the point of this book). Read it, if you dare. You won't be disappointed.
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on 1 November 2014
Another important work by Schwaller De Lubicz. He has contributed to the study of Egypt immeasurably and steps outside the limitations of the school of Egyptology to try to understand ideas that challenge today's scientific and spiritual understanding of humanity. This book along with the King of Pharaonic Theocracy are very helpful for the study of Ancient Egypt.
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At times a difficult read, but the message should be more widely spread to counter the well-worn theories about Egyptian civilization.
The research undertaken by de Lubicz is startling.
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on 15 April 2014
This book is not for those wanting easy reading. It is an indebt look at the Ancient Egyptian Culture and its meanings. Most enjoyable but requires study.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2013
I came on this in a very round-about way, and I have met one of its proponents, and a man who has made important discoveries in his own right, John Anthony West, whose work by the way is great and if you can attend one of his talks, please do so. At the same time, I think De Lubicz was...corrupted in some deep sense. I don't really know how to verbalise it better than this, but my sense is that he tried to mix in his own peculiar ideas and philosophies with admittedly some true and interesting concepts of ancient Egyptian culture. The problem is that I found it hard to separate what was truly Egyptian and what instead was De Lubicz' own Nazi-like predatory philosophy. And before you think I am exaggerating, keep in mind this guy prided himself on having designed the Nazi uniforms.
His whole philosophy seems to me to be primarily rooted in the very Nazi concept of might making right and "joining" with your bestial nature so as to become the uberman of Nazi legend, which is in any case, a sadistic brute ultimately. I find this distatsteful in the extreme for in my view, even if we were to focus on the warrior archetype, surely, what makes one worthy of that name is the honour of compassion and mercy tempering the admittedly sometimes necessary difficult actions that accompany the creation of justice. But justice, surely, not might, must guide any violence that might need doing.
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on 23 July 2014
Expect the Unexpected. How how how ?
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on 18 February 2015
classic book, good service
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