By Gary Lachman
From the sands of Alexandria through the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our personal occasions, this non secular event tale strains the profound impression of Hermes Trismegistus -- the 'thrice-great one', as he used to be known as -- at the western brain. for hundreds of years his identify ranked one of the such a lot illustrious of the traditional international. thought of through a few a modern of Moses and a forerunner of Christ, this virtually legendary determine arose in fourth century BC Alexandria, from a fusion of the Egyptian god Thoth and the Greek god Hermes. grasp of magic, writing, technology, and philosophy, Hermes used to be idea to have walked with gods and be the resource of the divine knowledge granted to guy on the sunrise of time. Gary Lachman has written many books exploring old traditions for the fashionable brain. within the Quest for Hermes Trismegistus, he brings to lifestyles the mysterious personality of this nice religious consultant, exposing the numerous theories and tales surrounding him, and revitalizing his teachings for the fashionable global. via centuries of wars, conquests and non secular persecutions, the delicate pages of the lessons of Hermes Trismegistus have nonetheless survived. it is a ebook for all thinkers and enquirers who are looking to get well that misplaced wisdom and wake up a shift in human cognizance.
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From the sands of Alexandria through the Renaissance palaces of the Medicis, to our personal occasions, this religious event tale lines the profound effect of Hermes Trismegistus -- the 'thrice-great one', as he used to be referred to as -- at the western brain. for hundreds of years his identify ranked one of the such a lot illustrious of the traditional international.
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And the epithet ‘Trismegistus’ or ‘thrice-great’, which characterized the author of the Corpus Hermeticum, would undoubtedly baffle most people today. ‘Great, great, great’, you say? Isn’t that a bit over the top? Cosimo didn’t think so, nor did Ficino, nor did the many who read his translations of these strange, mystical texts. First printed in 1471, they ran to sixteen editions by the end of the next century, and appeared in many translations and in many other collections. Although it’s commonly understood that the Renaissance was fuelled by the rediscovery of the knowledge and literature of the ancients, of Plato and his school, what’s less known is how influential the Corpus Hermeticum was on one of the pivotal moments of western consciousness.
The need for ‘attentive obedience’, ‘wakefulness’, and ‘concentration’ will be looked at later. 25 While reading Nous’ words to Hermes in Book XI, and Hermes’ words to Asclepius, I was reminded of a more modern account of an altered state of consciousness that seems remarkably similar to the Hermetic gnosis. In 1873, the Canadian psychologist Richard M. Bucke was visiting London, and while riding in a carriage after an evening reading poetry with friends, he entered a curious state of consciousness unlike anything he had ever experienced.
Poimandres tells Hermes that he knows what he wishes and that he is with him everywhere; that is to say, he, Poimandres, is Hermes’ own mind and that he himself has the answers to his own questions. Hermes wants to know ‘the things that are and to understand their nature and to know God’. Poimandres tells Hermes to hold these questions firmly in his mind and he will teach him. What happens next is the creation myth according to Nous. Suddenly, ‘all things opened up’ before Hermes and he looks out on a ‘boundless view’.
The Quest For Hermes Trismegistus by Gary Lachman