Libraries of Ancient Wisdom, Lost and Found

“In the containers, I have gathered together all the books given into my care, and I have done all the things I was instructed to do, and the work of my father is now complete. The metal will stand the test of age, and the cutting is the finest workmanship.

“The five great book boxes contain one hundred and thirty-two scrolls and five ring-bound volumes. There are sixty-two thousand, four hundred and eighty three words in The Greater Book of the Egyptians. …

“The Book of Magical Concoctions has six thousand, eight hundred and ten words, and this was the most difficult to remit, for it was a work of mystery and hidden things. …

“The Book Of Secret Lore and the Book of Decrees are joined into the Great Book of the Sons of Fire and they, too, are enabled to last forever.

“The metal is as our masters desired, made cunningly by the secret methods of our tribe, and it will never perish. The marks are cut in it so that when seen in the right light, they stand out clearly. …

“Read carefully the sacred words, which are written, and may they be a lodestone to a greater life.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:24:1-10)

The Library

The writer of this quote has identified himself as the one responsible for the preservation of a great library of ancient books. I didn’t list all the books he mentions by name as that is unnecessary and would make the quote too long.

The description indicates that this library consisted of many scrolls made of thin sheets of metal and five ring-bound books also made of metal. We don’t know what this metal is, but the writer says it is indestructible. Of course, we know in this day that noting is indestructible, but we can assume these books were made to last quite a long time. It addition, he tells us he stored the library in boxes also made of metal, probably thicker and stronger than the metal used to make the books themselves. He doesn’t tell us what was done with this library after he carefully sealed it in the great boxes, but it was probably hidden in a cave or buried. He does indicate that this was being done to provide information to people in the future, so it can reasonably be assumed this library was hidden away.

The Eqyptians

The creator of this library references several of the books as coming from the Egyptians. This tells us two things about the people who wrote the Kolbrin Bible or at least this section of it. One, they were not Egyptian. Two, they had great regard for the teachings of the ancient mystery schools of Egypt. They may have been people who once lived in Egypt, but had left that land for some reason. Continue reading “Libraries of Ancient Wisdom, Lost and Found”

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The Borrower Never Learns Enough

“The selfish spirit is content with being the mere borrower. It appropriates others thoughts or idea, without ever crediting such idea to the rightful owner, or the desire so to credit it, it will always remain a borrower. But people to borrow from will not always be at hand.

“There must come a time, in this life or another, when such a spirit will be left entirely to its own resources. It will then find itself poor. It will be crippled by the habit o borrowing. This habit prevents the chemical assimilation of the new element, or, in other words, original or individually shaded idea. You have simply taken others property, and passed it off as your own. You have not been a manufacturer, only a receiver of others manufactures. … By doing that, you hurt thereby the power of making your own peculiar shade of individual light.” ~Prentice Mulford

Secondhand Knowledge

Mr. Mulford is talking more about social behavior than spiritual, but what he says is applicable to the spiritual. In this case, being a borrower of truth and knowledge rather than learning it from direct experience limits our spiritual growth in several ways.

False Knowledge

While we would like to believe that preachers, ministers and spiritual gurus all speak and teach truth, such is not the case. In fact, there are far more of them teaching falsehoods then there are teaching truth.

In some cases, they are aware that what they teach isn’t the truth. They teach it anyway because it is what the masses want to hear.

Others are not intentionally lying. They are telling what they believe to be true, but it is just someone’s opinion that was passed on to them. Or it is knowledge they found in books without knowing that those books are allegory, not literal truth. Continue reading “The Borrower Never Learns Enough”

Spiritual Books

Spiritual Books and Their Use

“True occult and Theosophical books ought to be prayers and poems; calculated to lift the heart and the mind of the reader up to the highest regions of thought, and aiding him to descend into the innermost sanctuary of his own being; so that he may become able to open the senses of his interior perception and grasp himself those divine ideals which are beyond the understanding of the semi-animal intellect; for spiritual truth cannot be brought down to that level; it requires, for its recognition, the rising up of the spirit to its own plane. Neither can and may reveal to another the light, if the light does not reveal its presence to the investigator. All that a book can do is to aid the reader in opening his own eyes.” ~Franz Hartmann

Mystical and Spiritual Books

Books on the occult, the mystical, and the spiritual can help one who wants to know the history of such organizations, but in general, they will do next to nothing toward making you more spiritual. You don’t become wealthy by reading books written by wealthy people, and you don’t become spiritual by reading books written by spiritual people.

On the other hand, there are books about wealth that attempt to teach you how to gain wealth yourself. Those books can help if you follow the instructions in them. Likewise, books that attempt to teach you how to awaken the spiritual faculties within yourself are very useful, but only if you follow up by practicing the techniques found in them. Books that simply tell you pleasant tales that make you feel good, such as the very popular “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series, do little to raise your spiritual awareness (there is nothing wrong with reading such books, just be aware that they are not making you spiritual). Continue reading “Spiritual Books and Their Use”

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Writers Who Help Awaken the Spirit

Great Writers can Awaken the Spirit in Us

“Speak to the awakening Spirit of Humanity, to the human Spirit and the Spirit in man, these three in one and the one in all. Dickens and Thackeray, both born a century too late—or a century too early—came between two tidal waves of human spiritual thought, and though they have done yeoman service individually and induced certain partial reforms, yet they failed to touch Society and the masses at large. What the European world now needs is a dozen writers such as Doestoevsky. … What the Russian novelist has done is this: he spoke boldly, even fearlessly the most unwelcome truths to the higher and even to the official classes—the latter a far more dangerous proceeding than the former. … It is writers of this kind that are needed in our day of reawakening; not authors writing for wealth or fame, but fearless apostles of the living Word of Truth” ~H. P. Blavatsky

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Books that Enlighten

I have read several of Dickens’ novels and I agree that there is a strong spiritual underpinning to them. I have also seen several movie versions of his “A Christmas Carol”, also known simply as “Scrooge” this week and it is one of the best Christmas tales ever. His writing does seem to be more about social issues such as poverty and government corruption than spiritual things. At least he is famous for such lines spoken by Marley as, “Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business.” I don’t believe I have ever read any of Thackeray’s novels, but Wikipedia says he wrote satire that attacked high society and the military establishment.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is indeed one of the greatest writers and one who makes us thing. I have read several of his works. While he too writes about poverty, crime, injustice and corrupt governments, he does it in a more subtle way than Dickens. Continue reading “Writers Who Help Awaken the Spirit”