Bearers Of Esoteric Knowledge: Manly P. Hall

Manly P. Hall is a man who has featured more than once on this blog, and with good reason.

Hall’s enlightening lectures filled with common sense, mysticism and wisdom has helped me somewhat to look at a life with more insight and to elevate my mind toward a higher plane of consciousness.

Hall, who was a 33rd degree Mason, possessed an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the occult, philosophy and the mystery schools of ancient Egypt and Greece, which was gained by years of exhaustive research and reading (as well as collecting) the many rare books in history on the same subjects.

The following excerpt is a nice little writeup on Hall and also contains quotes and references from a few of his books such as The Secret Teachings of All Ages:

“The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by man has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of man upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach man to be born well, to live well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band of the elect–those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility–the philosophers of the ages invite YOU.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“Swinging open the doors of this antechamber, the illumined pass into the greater and more perfect existence. The ignorant dwell in a world bounded by time and space.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“Philosophers are nor born nor do they die; for once having achieved the realization of immortality, they are immortal. […] The fool lives but for today; the philosopher lives forever.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“If the Infinite had not desired man to become wise, He would not have bestowed upon him the faculty of knowing. If He had not intended man to become virtuous, He would not have sown within the human heart the seeds of virtue. If He had predestined man to be limited to his narrow physical life, He would not have equipped him with perceptions and sensibilities capable of grasping, in part at least, the immensity of the outer universe. The criers of philosophy call all men to a comradeship of the spirit: to a fraternity of thought: to a convocation of Selves. Philosophy invites man out of the vainness of selfishness; out of the sorrow of ignorance and the despair of worldliness; out of the travesty of ambition and the cruel clutches of greed; out of the red hell of hate and the cold tomb of dead idealism.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“Ignorance of ignorance, then, is that self-satisfied state of unawareness in which man, knowing nothing outside the limited area of his physical senses, bumptiously declares there is nothing more to know! He who knows no life save the physical is merely ignorant; but he who declares physical life to be all-important and elevates it to the position of supreme reality–such a one is ignorant of his own ignorance.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“Humanity has forgotten how infinitesimal, how impermanent and how ignorant it actually is.”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

“Even in man’s present state of imperfection it is dawning upon his realization that he can never be truly happy until he is perfect, and that of all the faculties contributing to his self-perfection none is equal in importance to the rational intellect.[…]”

— Manly P. Hall; The Secret Teachings of all Ages

Here is an excerpt of Quinton’s opinion of Manly P. Hall:

Manly P Hall is One of our Greatest Teachers.

Manly P Hall has got to be one of the most well-read, deep, thorough, but yet still honest authors out there. His works are some of the best you will find.

I have studied Manly P Hall’s work for a while now and I have to say that he is without a doubt one of my favorite authors and lecturers. Not only is he a very spiritual and moral person, but he is very knowledgeable and wise as well. He is most well known for publishing “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” when he was just 27. This book is sourced by a number of authors in the occult area of research as the book takes an encyclopedic approach to outlining many of the world’s mysteries.[…]

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On another note regarding Mr Hall, here is an excerpt from a review written by John Robert Colombo of Hall’s biography (which I have read – a nice and insightful read into the life and times of Hall detailing the bizarre and mysterious circumstances surrounding Hall’s death that wouldn’t look amiss in one of Agatha Christie movies) Master of the Mysteries: The Life of Manly Palmer Hall:

There is a very sketchy biography of Manly Palmer Hall (MPH) on Wikipedia that gives a few of the essentials and more than a few of the inessentials. He was born in Canada, in Peterborough, Ontario, in 1901. (Hence my interest in him and in his works.) He died in Los Angeles in 1990, an influential teacher, a millionaire, who had established in that city his own non-profit research institute. A Freemason must have written the Wiki entry because it exaggerates the influence of Masonry on his life and thought, which I regard as negligible. It ignores some interesting personal facts: he came from a broken home and was a high school dropout; in 1918, he accompanied his mother (who was something of a healer) to Los Angeles, where he met a series of self-styled preachers who led their own small congregations of spiritually dissatisfied men and women (many of the latter elderly and wealthy) and instructed them in the principles that are “behind” or that “transcend” New Thought, not to mention Theosophy, “I Am,” AMORC, etc.

MPH, at the time in his early twenties, was drawn to these men, and them to him. He was an imposing figure of a man, well over six feet in height, though in later years he was given to corpulency (so that his first wife teased him when he reached 300 pounds and described him as her “Canadian bacon”). Photographs reveal a face with chiselled features and with piercing eyes that lend him a somewhat demonic expression. Recordings preserve his soothing voice and his authoritative manner of exposition. He could speak seemingly without effort for an hour and a half on any number of arcane subjects, and at first he did so in the small parishes and study groups throughout the Los Angeles basin. Then he graduated to larger venues including sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

In 1932, despite the Depression, he was able to fund the founding of the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) and house it in a purpose-built, neo-Mayan structure of some beauty on Los Feliz Boulevard close to the famed Griffith Observatory and not far from “Karlofornia,” the science-fiction-strewn residence of the late Forrest J. Ackerman. The PRS structure is now a protected landmark.[…]

~ John Robert Colombo

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