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Her-Bak: Egyptian Initiate Paperback – 1 Mar 1979
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About the Author
Isha Schwaller de Lubicz spent her youth studying Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, and Hebrew theology and mysticism. As pupil of R.A. Schwaller de Lubicz and later as his wife, she went on to investigate other religions and philosophical systems, including Taoism, Islam. Her most significant work was done in Egypt, where she lived for fifteen years among the temples and the tombs. There, patient labor and exceptional circumstances enabled her to penetrate the secret symbolism of the hieroglyphs. Her discovery aroused the enthusiasm of the eminent Egyptologist Alexandre Varille, who devoted the last ten years of his life to verifying and developing its practical application. Thus was unveiled a wisdom that for thousands of years had taught men the science of life. . . and of its triumph over death.
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Indeed, author Isha Schwaller de Lubicz discloses that one of her aims is to show that the `coffin texts' and their puzzling symbols reveal `to the profane only the apparent meaning of the texts and ritual gestures.'
This view emerges in the tale when a weary Her-Bak asks about the many images he is trying to understand: `Are they symbols or realities?'
`Symbols,' his Sage replies, `are always a mystery for the man who isn't "open-faced", whose inner senses aren't awake, so that he can only perceive the earthly, tangible aspect of things.' He gives instruction on seeing the symbols' esoteric meaning.
The accompanying illustrations by Lucie Lamy portray many of the symbols in intriguing detail.
I became interested in Her-Bak when a section of it was read at a meeting led by the Fourth Way teacher Beryl Pogson at her Work Group house in Sussex a half-century ago. As her teaching style retains its appeal for Fourth Way followers today, the publisher Eureka Editions has produced two volumes containing the complete dialogues at her meetings. The third book in the series, to be published this year (2012), contains a chapter on Her-Bak's inner education.
Why? Because it is, intelligible, digestible, contrary to most of R.A. Schwaller's work; more so, it potentiates her husband's work: without it, R.A. Schwaller's work is doomed to stay where it is today: brilliant, but unintelligible for most readers, because it flies over most people's heads. This work is down-to-earth, technical, dense, fascinating.