Kybalion: The Definitive Edition Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Philip Deslippe - who introduces and annotates this edition - graduated with honours with a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut in 2001 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in American Religious Culture at the University of Iowa. He is conducting research for the first full-length biography of Atkinson.
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But let's get into these laws. So this book claims that there are 7 hermetic principles, but when you actually analyse and study it, there is really ONLY 3 laws. That being the law of correspondence, the Law of cause and effect and the Law of polarity. The other laws mentioned in this book can really be tied into the three laws mentioned. Such as the law of mentalism the book constantly says the ALL is mental, infact the book is filled, with the phrase "THE ALL" "The universe is mental" reffering to god which is another reason why the book sucks. All those pages were COMPLETELY unnecessary and it could have been explained, with a simple reference from the corpus hermeticum which is God is the cosmic mind and man is the miniature mind of god. which is as above so below, which is the law of correspondence.
Then the book goes into the law of polarity, that portion was a complete fail, yes i do agree with the law, but the description given in the book, was completely of the wall. The author didn't seem to understand that the there is a difference between polarity and duality. Polarity is positive and negative, then duality is Light and dark. The difference is that duality is something that causes conflict. wheras polairty is simply a different expression of the same thing. but despite that the author tries to blend the two, saying that light and dark are the same, and that they are polarity, when they are duality. But then the book discuses the law of gender, but that can be tied into polarity. As masculine and the feminine are positive and negative, which is polarity.
Them the laws about rhythm and vibration can hardly even be considered laws, i think we all know that everything is in motion, and that there are different vibratory frequencies, but i don't know how these are laws. infact this can also be tied into cause and effect, because if there is motion taking place, then there has to be time, as time only exists with motion. So because there is motion there is time and because there is time there is motion. so again the 3 laws mentioned above which is the law of correspondence, as above so below, the law of cause and effect (karma) and the law of polarity (opposites) are REALLY the only laws there are, the rest can be tied into those 3.
Another thing WRONG with this book is that it contradicts itself, it says that there is no matter, and that matter is simply an aggregation of atoms moving at a rapid rate. But then the book talks about the planes of existence, such as the material, the mental and the spiritual, but then says that there are 3 planes of matter within the material realm, when the book only a few pages ago said there is no matter, but decides to dedicate a whole system based around the existance of matter. so that was a MASSIVE contradiction.
Another bad thing about this book is that, it needs OTHER sources to define itself and verify itself, so the book will lay down a concept, but then it will go and get a scientific definition to define it. But how can this be hermetic philosophy if it constantly gets definitions from other sources to define itself. It also also go into definitions of words and such, to give entry into a concept. But other TRUE hermetic texts such as the corpus hermeticum, DO NOT do this, so how can this book do this, but yet still be mentioned among other hermetic texts?????
ALso when the book goes into the 7 cosmic laws, that was a complete joke some of those laws mentioned a homeless man on the street could have told you for FREE that is how generic they were. such as saying that Change is a Law, and that everything in the universe changes it is never the same......Again a homeless man on the street could have told you that, but for this book to hype up the "7 cosmic laws" as of they are so phenomenal is a complete JOKE!!
The only good thing that i will say that this book got correct was the theory on mental transmutation essentially saying that one can transmute their thoughts, to ultimately change their reality, but that breakdown only comprises a few pages, so it is really a waste to just get this book for that break down.
So in conclusion i would say that this book is PSEUDO-PHILOSOPHY, the book has to constantly get definitions from other scientific and dictionary sources to define and validate itself. It is a COMPLETE DISGRACE for this book to be mentioned among other hermetic texts such as the corpus hermeticum. As this book is NOT hermetic philosophy it is Pseudo-philosophy, trying to pass as hermetic philosophy to sound deep. So i would say AVOID this book and go and find a TRUE hermetic text such as the corpus hermeticum or Asclepius the perfect discourse. As this book is UTTER GARBAGE!!
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