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MANLY P. HALL

Manlyp-Hall


year of birth : 1901 - 1990 | place of birth : Peterborough, CANADA

nationality : American | occupation : Philosopher.. Writer

spouse : Marie Schweikert Bauer Hall

website : www.prs.org

Motion away from self brings a

decrease in consciousness and power;

motion toward self brings a

corresponding increase in consciousness and power.

The farther the light ray travels from its source

the weaker the ray. ” 

    

  Spirit is the positive manifestation of SPACE;

Matter is the negative manifestation of SPACE.

Spirit and Matter exist together in SPACE.

SPACE, Spirit and Matter are the first Trinity, with

SPACE the Father, Spirit the Son, and Matter the Holy Ghost. ” 

 

“ It is not enough that our codes be true;

they must also be beautiful. If learning does not

teach us to love, we learn without understanding. ” 

  

BOOKS BY THE MASTER

" Twelve World Teachers: A Summary of Their Lives and Teachings " ...  " Buddhism and Psychotherapy " ... " Man, the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries " ... " Past Lives and Present Problems: And, How to Prepare for a Fortunate Rebirth " ... " What the Ancient Wisdom Expects of Its Disciples: A Study Concerning the Mystery Schools " ... " The Secret Teachings of All Ages " ... " The Occult Anatomy of Man: To which is Added a Treatise on Occult Masonry " ... " Words to the Wise: A Practical Guide to the Occult Sciences " ... " Reincarnation: The Cycle of Necessity " ... " The Secret Destiny of America " ... " Old Testament Wisdom: Keys to Bible Interpretation " ... " Shadow Forms: A Collection of Occult Stories " ... " The Space Born " ..." Self-unfoldment by Disciplines of Realization: Releasing and Developing the Inward Perceptions; Practical Instruction in the Philosophy of Disciplined Thinking and Feeling " ... " Orders of the Quest: The Holy Grail " ... " The Hermetic Marriage: Being a Study in the Philosophy of the Thrice Greatest Hermes " ... " Psychoanalyzing the Twelve Zodiacal Types " ... " The Lost Keys of Freemasonry: Or, The Secret of Hiram Abiff " ... " The Ways of the Lonely Ones: A Collection of Mystical Allegories " ... " The Wisdom of the Knowing Ones: Gnosticism, the Key to Esoteric Christianity " ... " Mysticism and Mental Healing: Lectures on Personal Growth " ... " Horizon: Journal of the Philosophical Research Society V9, No. 4, Spring 1950 " ... " Sages and Seers " ... " Woman, The Mother of All Living " ...  " Incompatibility, a Crisis in Modern Living " ... " Questions and Answers: Fundamentals of the Occult Sciences " ... " Atlantis: An Interpretation " ... " The Philosophy of Astrology " ... "The therapeutic value of music " ... " The Dark Night of the Soul " ... " Paracelsus, His Mystical and Medical Philosophy " ... " The Phoenix: An Illustrated Review of Occultism and Philosophy " ... " Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics " ... " Soul in Egyptian Metaphysics " ... " Koyasan, Sanctuary of Esoteric Buddhism " ... " Spiritual Centers in Man " ... " The Lord Giveth & Taketh Away " ... " The Western Paradise of Amitabha " ... " Short Talks on Many Subjects " ... " Four Seasons of the Spirit & Achieving the Miracle of Contentment " ... " The Value of Prayer in Psychological Integration: A Lecture " ... " Psychic Self-Reproach " ..."  Wit and Wisdom of the Immortals " ... " How Belief in Rebirth Enriches Your Life " ... " Secret of the Untroubled Mind " ... " Adventures in Understanding " ... " Journey in Truth " ... " Melchizedek and the Mystery of Fire " ... " The Pineal Gland: The Eye Of God " ... " Unseen Forces " ... " Sacred Magic of the Qabbalah " ... " Lectures on Ancient Philosophy " ... " The Mystical Christ: Religion As a Personal Spiritual Experience " ... " An Alchemist's Primer: Fundamentals of Esoteric Transformation " ... " The Bible: the Story of a Book " ... " Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians " ... " The Initiates of the Flame " ... " Dream Symbolism " ... " Man: The Grand Symbol of the Mysteries Essays in Occult Anatomy " ... " The All Seeing Eye 1927 " ... " The Riddle Of The Rosicrucians " ... " Road to Inner Light " ... " Astrology & Reincarnation " ... " The Tarot: An Essay " ... " Very Unusual: The Wonderful World of Mr. K. Nakamura " ... " Psychic Symbolism of Headaches, Insomnia, and the Upset Stomach " ... " Apocalypse Attributed to St. John " ... " Healing: The Divine Art " ... " The Guru " ... " Mystics of Islam " ... " The Little World of PRS: A Field Tour of the Philosophical Research Society " ... " Rosicrucian And Masonic Origins " ... " Growing Up With Grandmother " ... " Blind Spot in the Mind: Lectures on Personal Growth " ... " Studies in Character Analysis " ... " Astrological Keywords " ... " America's Assignment With Destiny: The Adepts in the Western Esoteric Tradition " ... " The Blessed Angels: The Reality of Things Unseen " ... " Ten Basic Rules for Better Living " ... " Meditation Symbols in Eastern and Western Mysticism " ... " The Spinal Column, World Tree, Kundalini And The Sympathetic Nervous System " ... " Daily Words of Wisdom " ... " A Vital Concept of Personal Growth " ... " Is Each Individual Born With a Purpose? " ... " Symbolic Essays " ... " Return of the Sorcerers: Black Magic in the Modern World " ... " Star Lore of Babylon " ... " Invisible Records of Thought & Action: A Practical Guide to Subtle Vibrations, Their Causes & Effects " ... " Right Thinking: The Royal Road to Health " ... " Great Books on Religion & Esoteric Philosophy: With a Bibliography of Related Material Selected from the Writings of Manly P. Hall " ... " Death to Rebirth " ... " The Rosicrucians & Magister Christoph Schlegel: Hermetic Roots of America " ... " Meditation Disciplines and Personal Integration " ... " First Principles of Philosophy: Metaphysics, Logic, Ethics, Psychology, Epistemology, Esthetics and Theurgy " ... " Story of Astrology " ... " The Way of Heaven and Other Fantasies Told in the Manner of the Chinese " ... " Friendship, Love and Beauty: An Interpretation " ... " From A Philosopher's Scrapbook " ... " The Quiet Way: A Commentary Upon " ... " Venerated Teachers of the Jains, Sikhs and Parsis (Adepts in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition) " ... " Initiation of Plato " ... " How to Understand Your Bible: A Philosopher's Interpretation of Obscure and Puzzling Passages " ... " Sermon on the Mount " ... " Inner Lives of Minerals, Plants & Animals " ... " Positive Uses of Psychic Energy: A Lecture " ... " The Noble Eightfold Path " ... " Masonic Orders of Fraternity " ... " The Mystery of the Holy Spirit " ... " Think on These Things " ... " The Sages of China (The Adepts: in the Eastern Esoteric Tradition " ... " Zen of the Bright Virtue " ... " Cabalistic Keys to the Lord's Prayer " ... " The Light of the Vedas " ... " The Most Holy Trinosophia of the Comte De St. Germain " ... " Facing The Future: A New Theory Of Political Representation " ... " The Western Paradise of Amitabha " ... " Mathematics The Master Science " ... " Pluto in Libra, An Interpretation " ... " Visions & Metaphysical Experiences " ... " Pathways of Philosophy " ... " Mysticism of Colonial America " ... " Horizon the Magazine of Useful and Intelligent Living 1947 to 1948 " ... " Symbolism Of The World Egg And Occult Embryology " ... " The Illumined Mind: The Universal Savior " ... " H.P. Blavatsky and The Secret Doctrine " ... " Codex Rosae Crucis, D.O.M.A. A Rare & Curious Manuscript of Rosicrucian Interest " ... " The Mysteries of Asia " ... " Mystics and Mysteries of Alexandria " ... " Medicine of the Sun and Moon " ... " The Adepts " ... " Orders of Universal Reformation " ... " Science and Immortality " ... " The White Bird of Tao " ... " The Story of Christmas " ... " The Culture of the Mind " ... " Emerson's Concept Of The Oversoul " ... " Psychology of Religious Ritual " ... " Super Faculties and Their Culture " ... " The Adepts In The Eastern Esoteric Tradition (Part 2) The Arhats of Buddhism "

Manly Palmer Hall was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his 1928 work The Secret Teachings of All Ages. In 1919 Hall, who never knew his father, moved from Canada to Los Angeles, California with his maternal grandmother to reunite with his birth mother, who was living in Santa Monica, and was almost immediately drawn to the arcane world of mysticism, esoteric philosophies, and their underlying principles. His nascent interest was solidified by meeting—and becoming a student of—Sydney J. Brownson, "a diminutive horse-and-buggy doctor and Civil War veteran in his early 70s" who had set up business as a practitioner of phrenology, "the pseudo-science popular at the turn of the century that divided the brain into areas responsible for noble traits such as heroism and despised ones such as cruelty, and mapped them out in patterns on the surface of the brain. Hall delved deeply into "teachings of lost and hidden traditions, the golden verses of Hindu gods, Greek philosophers and Christian mystics, and the spiritual treasures waiting to be found within one's own soul." Less than a year later, Hall booked his first lecture, and the topic was reincarnation.

A tall imposing, confident and charismatic speaker who soon took over as preacher of the Church of the People in 1919, he read voraciously on "comparative religion, philosophy, sociology and psychology," and "seemingly overnight... became a one-stop source of an astonishing range of eclectic spiritual material that resonates with the intellect, and the subconscious." Hall was ordained a minister in the Church of the People on May 17, 1923, and "a few days later, he was elected permanent pastor of the church."

His first publications consisted of two small pamphlets, "The Breastplate of the High Priest" (1920), and "Wands and Serpents." Between 1921 and 1923 he wrote three books, The Initiates of the Flame published in October 1922, The Ways of the Lonely Ones published in 1922, and The Lost Keys of Freemasonry published in March 1923. During the early 1930s, using money from the Lloyds, Hall traveled to France and England, where he acquired his most extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts in alchemy and esoteric fields from London auctioneer, Sotheby & Company.

In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los Angeles, California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of religion, mythology, metaphysics, and the occult. He was a Knight Patron of the Masonic Research Group of San Francisco, with which he was associated for a number of years prior to his Masonic affiliations. On June 28, 1954, Hall initiated as a Freemason into Jewel Lodge No. 374, San Francisco (now the United Lodge); passed September 20, 1954; and raised November 22, 1954. He took the Scottish Rite Degrees a year later. He later received his 32° in the Valley of San Francisco AASR (SJ). On December 8, 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33° Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite) at a ceremony held at the Philosophical Research Society (PRS).

In his over 70-year career, Hall delivered approximately 8,000 lectures in the United States and abroad, authored over 150 books and essays, and wrote countless magazine articles. He appears in the introduction to the 1938 film When Were You Born, a murder mystery that uses astrology as a key plot point. It is also noteworthy that Manly Hall wrote the original story for the film, (screenplay by Anthony Coldeway) and is also credited as the narrator.

Later in 1928, at the age of 27 years, Hall published 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, which is more commonly referred to as The Secret Teachings of All Ages. The major books which followed include The Dionysian Artificers (1936), Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), and Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950). More than 80 years later, "with more than a million copies sold, The Secret Teachings of All Ages remains one of the most popular introductions to esoteric traditions."

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