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The Secret Teachings of All Ages

The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Palmer Hall is perhaps the most comprehensive and complete esoteric encyclopedia ever written.

The sheer scope and ambition of this book are stunning.

In The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Manly P. Hall has successfully distilled the essence of more arcane subjects than one would think possible.

The full title of the book is An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy: Being an Interpretation of the Secret Teachings concealed within the Rituals, Allegories and Mysteries of all Ages

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This book explores the themes underlying ancient mythology, philosophy, and religion.

If you read this book in its entirety you will be in a good position to dive into subjects such as the Qabbala, Alchemy, Tarot, Ceremonial Magic, Neo-Platonic Philosophy, Mystery Religions, and the theory of Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry.

Although there are some questionable and controversial parts of the book, such as the outdated material on Islam, the portion on the Bacon-Shakespeare hypothesis, and Hall’s conspiracy theory of history as driven by an elite cabal of roving immortals, they are far out-weighed by the comprehensive information here on other subjects.


  • Title Page
  • Preface
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies Which Have Influenced Modern Masonic Symbolism
  • The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies, Part Two
  • The Ancient Mysteries and Secret Societies, Part Three
  • Atlantis and the Gods of Antiquity
  • The Life and Teachings of Thoth Hermes Trismegistus
  • The Initiation of the Pyramid
  • Isis, the Virgin of the World
  • The Sun, A Universal Deity
  • The Zodiac and Its Signs
  • The Bembine Table of Isis
  • Wonders of Antiquity
  • The Life and Philosophy of Pythagoras
  • Pythagorean Mathematics
  • The Human Body in Symbolism
  • The Hiramic Legend
  • The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Color
  • Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds (Part One)
  • Fishes, Insects, Animals, Reptiles and Birds (Part Two)
  • Flowers, Plants, Fruits, and Trees
  • Stones, Metals and Gems
  • Ceremonial Magic and Sorcery
  • The Elements and Their Inhabitants
  • Hermetic Pharmacology, Chemistry, and Therapeutics
  • The Qabbalah, the Secret Doctrine of Israel
  • Fundamentals of Qabbalistic Cosmogony
  • The Tree of the Sephiroth
  • Qabbalistic Keys to the Creation of Man
  • An Analysis of Tarot Cards
  • The Tabernacle in the Wilderness
  • The Fraternity of the Rose Cross
  • Rosicrucian Doctrines and Tenets
  • Fifteen Rosicrucian and Qabbalistic Diagrams
  • Alchemy and Its Exponents
  • The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part One
  • The Theory and Practice of Alchemy: Part Two
  • The Hermetic And Alchemical Figures of Claudius De Dominico Celentano Vallis Novi
  • The Chemical Marriage
  • Bacon, Shakspere, and the Rosicrucians
  • The Cryptogram as a factor in Symbolic Philosophy
  • Freemasonic Symbolism
  • Mystic Christianity
  • The Cross and the Crucifixion
  • The Mystery of the Apocalypse
  • The Faith of Islam
  • American Indian Symbolism
  • The Mysteries and Their Emissaries
  • Conclusion

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Unrivaled in its beauty and completeness, it distills ancient and modern teachings of nearly 600 experts.

Centers for Spiritual Living – CSL

Centers for Spiritual Living – CSL is a religious denomination based on Religious Science that was founded by Ernest Holmes. Their primary text is The Science of Mind (1928 version) written by Ernest Holmes.

CSL resulted from the merger of United Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, United Church of Religious Science) and International Centers for Spiritual Living (formally, Religious Science International).

Centers for Spiritual Living - CSL

Centers for Spiritual Living™ is a global community that is based in Golden, Colorado that is comprised of more than 400 spiritual communities, teaching chapters, study groups and other ministries in 30 countries.

These communities teach a New Thought philosophy that brings religion and science together and offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place.

This is done through the study and practice of Science of Mind® and Spirit, also known as Religious Science®, which holds that all life is sacred—that each human being is an expression of God.

CSL believes in Cause and Effect and teach that “it is done unto you as you believe.” In essence, our thinking and expectations create our reality. Their teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of spiritual traditions through the ages.

People of all spiritual paths — Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and others — are welcome in our communities.

We help people experience a personal relationship with the creator; promote a community of tolerance, understanding and respect; provide classes, programs, prayer and meditation; and advocate a safe spiritual community of like-minded people interested in living a spiritual life.

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Sanatana Dharma aka Hinduism

Sanatana Dharma, commonly referred to as Hinduism in the West, is the world’s oldest known set of traditions with roots and customs dating back more than 4,000 years in India. Sanatana Dharma is unique in that it’s not a religion but a compilation of many traditions and philosophies, and it does not have a founder as do Buddhism and Christianity.

AUM - OM - Hinduism

Like many Westerners, Sanatana Dharma has seeped into my life by becoming aware of yoga, meditation, and Sanskrit Mantras, often by reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda.