Wisdom Books: The Stellar Man by John Baines


The Stellar Man takes a critical look at the current state of mankind. It exposes the “collective animal soul” which guides and directs humanity and on a deeper level, it explores Hermetic Science which can aid the individual in freeing himself from the collective influence. The Stellar Man also introduces the Seven Great Laws of Nature and shows how they can be applied in daily life, thus revealing to the reader the first practical steps on the path toward transcending one’s own animal condition in order to become a true, conscious, spiritual, stellar being.

The Following excerpt is from the chapter ‘The Antichrist’:

It is surprising how the human being knows so many things and understands so little. Just as in homeopathy, the noble product (knowledge) is infinitesimally diluted by man’s inability to understand.

Homo sapiens dedicates his most important efforts to increasing his knowledge, but it is precisely in this persistence that he begins to lose himself more and more in a haze of uncertainty and disorientation. Afire with the thirst for knowledge, he tirelessly pursues any new thesis or theory that may beckon, but, like that of the mythological Tantalus, his thirst, far from being satiated, only increases. A paradoxical destiny surrounds this deluded creature: to know more each day but to understand less. Inevitably, he extends himself daily up to the point of losing his own identity, constrained to draw away from himself to merge with the external. Homo sapiens has advanced with extraordinary speed in the conquest of science, and with the same momentum, he has lost himself in a world of phantoms born from the collective hallucinations of a world becoming daily more artificial, stereotyped, and programmed.

In this world, the one who triumphs is usually the man of the masses who demonstrates perfect submission to the norms of the multitude, and who decides at an early age not to think for himself, but to act instead with the multitude’s collective mind. This is an unfailing passport to material success, but the price paid is so much higher than the reward. The price is one’s own individuality, the much-prized goal of the Delphic command, “know thyself.” As it happens, one who knows himself well and therefore understands others is often harassed, disregarded, and ostracized. This is due to the fact that leadership usually belongs to the mediocre who glorify the golden calf and celebrate the empty stereotype of the programmed individual. The temple of Delphi and its ideals no longer exist. They have been replaced by the temple of the university, the temple of the law, the temple of religions, and the temple of political ideologies and economic systems, along with all their slogans and phrases. All these are united by a common denominator: “Do not recognize yourself; surrender yourself to the multitude and obey its designs.”


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