By Papus. Papus Dr. Ge'rard Encausse was one of the great occultists of France, and was instrumental in developing and popularizing Eliphas Levi's earlier suggestions of a link between the Hebrew alphabet and the twenty-two trumps of the tarot. The Qabalah , first published in , is particularly valuable because, along with his original theoretical explorations of the Qabalah, it also contains his complete translation of the Sepher Yetzirah , Eliphas Levi's famous Ten Lessons on the Qabalah , Rabbi Drach's important and rare treatise, The Qabalah of the Hebrews , and an extensive Qabalistic bibliography. This book gives a concise and valuable introduction to the sacred science of the Hebrews, and thus to the esoteric teachings of Christianity. All rights reserved.
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By Papus. Papus Dr. Ge'rard Encausse was one of the great occultists of France, and was instrumental in developing and popularizing Eliphas Levi's earlier suggestions of a link between the Hebrew alphabet and the twenty-two trumps of the tarot.
The Qabalah , first published in , is particularly valuable because, along with his original theoretical explorations of the Qabalah, it also contains his complete translation of the Sepher Yetzirah , Eliphas Levi's famous Ten Lessons on the Qabalah , Rabbi Drach's important and rare treatise, The Qabalah of the Hebrews , and an extensive Qabalistic bibliography.
This book gives a concise and valuable introduction to the sacred science of the Hebrews, and thus to the esoteric teachings of Christianity.
All rights reserved. Reviewers may quote brief passages. Mark Haven, Sedir, J. Jacob, and a complete translation of the Sepher Yetzirah; followed by a partial reprinting of a Qabalistic treaty by the Chevalier Drach. Qabalistic Doctrine of Emanation. The Ten Sephiroth or Splendours. The Three Supreme Splendours. His French father was a doctor in chemistry of more than local fame, while his mother was a highly intelligent Spanish lady.
Papus's relationship with is parents was excellent and there is no doubt that his father's medical interests were instrumental in shaping the young boy's later career. It must, indeed, have been very stimulating to have had a father who not only invented a new method of treating illnesses—feeding and renewing the organism with the essence of plants and minerals via the skin, and not via the stomach, by means of steam-baths—but whose unorthodox methods proved to be effective as well.
This same unorthodox approach characterized Papus's start to his medical studies in Paris. The word Papus was used for the first time by Apollonius of Tyana first century A. His zeal can be judged by the simple fact that even while fulfilling his military service he could not stop working.
Most artists and scientists of great fame have reached their finest efforts at an early age and Papus certainly confirms this rule. The greater part of his work was produced between and , between the ages of nineteen and thirty-two, and most of what he wrote after this was either an elaboration of earlier thoughts or of a more historical character, such as the books he wrote on Martinism.
One exception should be mentioned; the booklet Faust de Goethe written in and published in , in which esoteric treatise Papus explains the motivation behind the use of pentacles, their mechanism and their influence on the astral plane. This brochure is still a must for all who want to grasp the esoteric background of Goethe's thinking. It also goes without saying that Papus contributed to all the important occult periodicals of his day, such as Le Lotus, L'Initiation and Voile d'Isis , and many treasures from his pen can be found in these reviews.
Papus, then, could look back upon considerable achievement in the occult sphere at an age when most ordinary people are only first starting to think. Few human beings, indeed, can say when obtaining their degree—Papus got his Doctorate of Medicine in —that the bulk of their mental activity has already been printed and that their efforts have already been acknowledged by the Esoteric world. In this respect one only has to remember that in , being only 23 years old, Papus was elected a member of the General Council of the Theosophical Society, on the instigation of Colonel Olcott, co-founder of the Theosophical Society and right-hand man of Mme H.
The question now arises: was this reputation justified? Even though Papus was awarded many high distinctions by the governments of France, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, etc. Nevertheless, we are on safe ground when saying that his reputation as a great and honest occult philosopher was justified. Not only have many of his books and brochures been translated into several foreign languages; English, German, Italian, Russian, Czechoslovakian and Spanish about sixty titles!
Quite naturally a man of such outstanding talent came into close contact with the contemporary celebrities. In his early youth Papus met the Marquis Joseph Saint-Yves d'Alveydre , in many ways the successor of Fabre d'Olivet , and author of the visionary Mission des Juifs , one of the most revealing works on the interchange between destination, occultism and politics.
It was Saint-Yves who convinced Papus that he had to leave spiritualism and to start off on the road of mysticism.
Nevertheless it has been the profound study of this doctrine of evolution which has shown to me the very weakness of materialism…Oh, yes, the mineral does evolve…but on one condition, which is that the physico-chemical forces and the sun itself assist this phenomenon, which means, on condition that the superior forces, by their evolution, sacrifice themselves to the evolution of the lower forces…Summing up: each phase in development, each evolution has asked the sacrifice of one, and more often, of two, superior forces.
The doctrine of evolution is incomplete. It represents only one side of the facts and neglects the other. It reveals the law of the struggle for life, but it forgets the law of sacrifice, which rules all phenomena…. Then he wants to find out for himself: the phase of rationalism. The sources of inspiration for Papus's Qabalistic thinking are found in Fabre d'Olivet , from whom he obtained his notion of esoteric mysteries as concealed in the Hebrew language ; in Prof. Papus's opinion was that the Qabalah was attributable to Moses, and Biblical history was sufficient to prove to Papus that the Qabalah was the most perfect summary of the Egyptian mysteries and as such, via Gnostic, Rosicrucian, Masonic and Martinistic ideas and fraternities, the key-stone of all western tradition.
Though this point of view has sometimes been denied e. As the twenty-two Trump Cards correspond with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, the origin of which can be traced back to the Egyptian hieroglyphics, the Tarot must also be of Egyptian origin.
It might be said here, that most occult authors consider Egypt to be the birthplace of the Tarot and that this reasoning is also consistent with their views on the origin of the Qabalah. Written as a key to the gnostic Valentine's Pistis Sophia , it actually provides us with a final description of the road of man's spiritual evolution.
As such and as a concise and valuable introduction to the sacred science of the Hebrews, and therefore to the esoteric teachings of Christianity, this English translation of La Cabbale is offered.
Il suffit simplement de savoir de quelle richesse il s'agit. The first edition of our book The Qabalah enjoyed considerable success, and in this second edition we have been at pains to include all relevant research made since the first writing.
We have endeavoured to establish as clear a classification as possible of the books and traditions of which the Qabalah is a part, and we have done our best to draw up as extensive a bibliography as possible.
We have retained in full the two principal parts of our first work, and have added the following. In the Introduction, a work of great interest by Marquis de Saint-Yves d'Alveydre on the Qabalistic tradition reconstituted in the light of the archeometer.
In Part 2 we have called upon the pen of the master Qabalist Eliphas Levi by publishing his course of ten lessons on the Qabalah. This course is followed by an equally enlightening work by Sedir, thus giving the reader an idea of Qabalistic teaching. It is then easy to understand the following chapters, particularly Stanislas de Guaita's Study of the Sephiroth preceding our sephirotic table. In Part 3, The Texts, there is a new translation which seems to us to finally complete the Sepher Yetzirah, or Qabalistic book of creation, including the most important commentaries.
It seemed equally useful to review in this section the most important elements of some texts relating either to the Zohar or to the other sections of the written tradition.
Finally, we have completed our bibliography by including the important works of Dr Marc Haven, well-known and much revered by his readers. Also we give in this edition the elements of the practical Qabalah derived from the divine names of the spirits and an almost complete new impression of Chevalier Drach's brochure so highly priced in the catalogues.
The figures were equally specially chosen, and we hope to help our readers to understand clearly the teaching of the western tradition which is summed up in Christianity. This essay is, to our eyes, the means by which to direct ourselves towards the sanctuary of enlightenment where the four letters of the mystical name of the Saviour of the Three Plans shine forth. Will you permit me to dedicate to you this modest essay which I am now publishing on the subject of the Qabalah, a subject the elucidation of which is so important for the philosopher?
This work, which you alone could bring to a satisfactory conclusion thanks, on the one hand, to your perfect knowledge of the Hebrew language and, on the other, to your acquaintance with the history of philosophical doctrines, achieved a position of authority immediately upon publication and certainly has merited the traditions and imitations which have since followed. The few German critics who wished to find fault with you regarding the Qabalah have succeeded only in giving proof of their inadequacy and their prejudice.
The edition will definitely match the success of that of But since all of us who nowadays concern ourselves with such study owe such a debt of gratitude to our senior and teacher in this field, how can I personally hope to thank you for the unaccustomed honour you have bestowed on me by encouraging my efforts through the authority of your name, declaring that if you are not a mystic, at least you prefer to see those who come after you taking part in such research, rather than have them partake of the hopeless, anti-philosophical and, let us dare to say the word, anti-scientific doctrines of materialistic positivism.
You showed that these savants, for the most part eminent men in the domain of analytical discovery, have been by their very specialization itself restricted, bound to a too hasty study of philosophy.
This is the source of their scorn for a branch of human knowledge which, alone, could furnish them that synthesis of sciences which they so aspire to achieve; this is the source of their materialistic conclusions, of the unknowable and all other formulas indicative of the laziness of the human mind, unadapted to serious study and in a hurry to finish, without sounding the true value or social consequences of its affirmations.
Alongside the official line of religious or secular Universities, of scientific Academies and the Laboratories of Higher Learning, there has always existed an independent line, generally little known and therefore looked down upon, made up of researchers sometimes too steeped in philosophy, sometimes too taken with mysticism, but how interesting to study:.
These adepts of Gnosis, these Alchemists, these disciples of Jacob Boehme, of Martinez Pasqualis or of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, are the only ones, however, never to have neglected the study of the Qabalah up to the moment when your work appeared to show they had at last found approbation, a leader in the person of one of the most eminent representatives of the University.
And if, in conclusion, I dared to ask a request of you, it would be for your intercession on their behalf with the heads of your University. In the works of Saint-Martin, in those of Fabre d'Olivet, Wronski, Lacuria and Louis Lucas, there is a series of studies which I find quite profound and not at all well-known, on psychology, morals and logic.
However my request may be greeted, I shall always be thankful to you, distinguished sir, for all you have done for our cause. What progress we have made has not been without effort or struggle, and we will continue in this way, as we have begun, our labour and our published works answering the attacks with which our books and our very persons are so consistently harassed.
In truth, any sincere work lasts a goodly time; but what remains, after only a few years, of perfidious and unjust calumny? A little bitterness and much pity in the hearts of the victims, even more remorse in the souls of the attackers, and nothing more. But if, with the passage of time, these existing works lose some of their dynamic power, there is still one sentiment which those who come later must feel as strongly as we, and that is a profound gratitude for the one who did not hesitate in the most difficult moments to encourage our efforts by supporting them with all the respect and authority which attaches itself to a great name.
I accept with the greatest pleasure the dedication which you have been so kind as to offer me in your work on the Qabalah, a work which is not, as you choose to call it, an essay , but a book of the highest importance. As yet I have been able only to leaf through it rapidly; but I am well enough acquainted with it to tell you that in my opinion it is the most intriguing, the most instructive, the most knowledgeable publication to have so far made its appearance on this obscure subject.
I can find fault with nothing save the far too flattering terms contained in the letter addressed to me which precedes it. With rare modesty, you ask my opinion only on the bibliographical material which closes your study. I dare not say that nothing is missing; for the bounds of Qabalistic Science may extend to the infinite; but I have never anywhere encountered a bibliography as complete as yours.
But when I think of the way of pain and suffering which our Lord has given you to tread in the pursuit of your labours, when I think of the superhuman soul-rending which must have preceded the certainty of eternal Union with your beloved Angel, I find it a costly business to come forth and illuminate with divine light a century in which almost nothing remains but the way of Salvation. I am speaking of the spelling of the word which exactly translates the meaning and origin of the secret tradition of which the Sepher Yetzirah and the Zohar are the radiant columns.
Allow me then to be entirely indiscreet and in addition to the exact definition of the word Cabala, Kabbala or Qabalah, may I also ask the Archeometer for some opinions on the ten numbers concerning which the Pythagoreans spread so much error. Thank you for your response, to the greatest glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord. It is a pleasure for me to answer your kind letter. I have nothing to add to your remarkable book on the Jewish Qabalah. It has taken a position of eminence from the well deserved appreciation shown it by the late M.
Franck of the Institute, the foremost authority in this field. Your work completes his, not only due to its erudition, but also to its bibliography and the exegesis of this quite particular tradition; I find this fine book definitive. Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Ratings: Rating: 3. Length: pages 7 hours. Description Papus Dr.
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