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Gnosis: The Secret of Solomon's Temple Revealed Paperback – 1 Sep 2005
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About the Author
Philip Gardiner is the best-selling author of The Shining Ones and The Serpent Grail. He has a degree in strategic marketing, and nine diplomas, ranging from holistic medicine to etymology. He lives in the heart of Robin Hood country in the United Kingdom and regularly lectures around the world with www.powerplaces.com. His personal Websites of www.philipgardiner.net, www.theshiningones.com, and www.serpentgrail.com have a great deal of additional information. Philip has appeared on TV, radio, and at conferences from the United States to Australia, and is much sought after for the esoteric knowledge he has gained. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For a book purporting to be unveiling a great truth, I thought Gnosis contained an awful lot of secrecy and implication. It also seemed at times to be overly dramatic - like a conjurer trying to establish an aura of expectancy before pulling a rabbit out of the hat. His assertion of being forced to join a 'secret society' because he had stumbled across the truth sounds a lot like somebody trying to add weight to his argument because he knows the argument alone won't bear scrutiny. The fact that this story is impossible to corroborate does not help his case.
Some people will be more inclined to believe in the central theme of this book than others but the point is clearly made that if you don't 'get it' then you need to read the book again because you must have missed the point first time around - a bit condescending I thought. The "Secret Code" (assuming it exists - I haven't checked) I dealt with in my review of The Shining Ones - my views have not changed. Why draw so much attention to something you are trying to hide so securely?
There were some genuinely interesting and thought provoking issues brought out in the book but they were spoiled for me by many glaring inconsistencies and contradictions that left me trying to sort the wheat from the chaff and then wondering why I was bothering to try.
I was left wondering if he really believed what he was writing or if this was a contract filler. The overall impression that I was left with was that of a book that had been rushed out from memory on a Sunday afternoon in order to meet a Monday morning deadline.
Gardiner may well be right and his road to enlightenment may, in fact, be what humanity in general (as opposed to a select few) has been searching for all of these years. The problem for me is that, having read this book with its errors, half truths, misrepresentations and unwarranted drama, I just do not believe him.
Gardiner is capable of better.
Gnosis points us instead towards a new direction and one that many will not be too happy with - towards the mirror. The true Temple lies within us, says Gardiner, and he is absolutely right, but this diverts man away from the creations of the power brokers - their deities and saints and so his only error is to risk all.
Remember these things when reading reviews and make up your own mind as I myself have and remember that the truth is for you to discover for yourself.
In conclusion, this book is worthy of the greats and the grammatical errors from the first edition are now corrected in the new edition. Well worth the money.
He can't say which organisation but not the freemasons.(obviously as in the craft one can check on membership)He says his seminars have helped many (for a fee no doubt) but only those who have the ability to understand,the clasic emperor's new clothes concept.
The book is full of hand picked quotes from religious texts and other authors work, that support his views but full of contradiction and error.Two examples out of hundreds will illustrate my point. On Solomons temple he alludes to excavations by the templars but with no mention of Warren 1800,s
or the lesser known sweedish mission in 1910 and then states that the temple is only allegory.
He says that the masons 'nowadays'have the royal arch degree.In fact this degree has been worked for hundreds of years.
Although I have some sympathy with his general idea,indeed masonry promotes the idea of many paths to the same goal, this work is a marketing triumph and now't else. He's not an initiate
in anything(no initiate would rubbish any organised religion as he does)And the way he sets the scene with his mythical tale of
conspiracy theory/ secret societies is a joke.(If he was made to join and can't name them isn't he a tad scared that he's published their big secrets and now that we all know about the war result are they going to set traps to find out who also knows and make us join ??)
Or are 'they' aliens living in a hollow earth.
Read Dr Lomas,Alan Butler,JSM Ward,Wilmhurst even Baignet/Hancock rather than this.
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