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Manly P. HallManly Palmer Hall (March 18, 1901 – August 29, 1990) was a Canadian-born author and mystic. He is perhaps most famous for his work The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as his magnum opus, and which he published at the age of 25 (or 27, 1928)

He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.

Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material from Hall’s private collection.

In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control, and the Society’s programs stress the need for the integration of philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain elsewhere.

In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages), Hall was recognized as a 33º Mason (the highest honor conferred by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at PRS on December 8th, despite never being initiated into the physical craft.

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.

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  1. I love manly hall and often fantasize about him. I love older guys! PS Im a viking – Pure arian blood with hairless skin. Paul Aarden of Burgia

  2. Manly Hall had a profound insight into the nature of the mysteries with the ability to translate the ancient teachings into a clear and consie manner for the modern world.

  3. Thank you for the site. If you ever need technical help, free of charge, let me know. This is wonderful work.

  4. I was and am astounded by the depth of ‘Secret Teachings…” As a yoga teacher at a college, I’ve studies a lot and practiced a lot, but no where is the encyclopedic knowledge of such variety found elsewhere. This book is so humbling in its awesome knowledge that it should be required reading in every college in the country, if for no other reason it erases the tendency toward fundamentalist – dengerous thinking. When one reads it it simply humbles the arrogant intellectual pride into accepting the mystery of it all…
    Cooke Fisher MA Ed
    Prof. of Yoga
    http://www.cookesyogagym.com

  5. MANLY PALMER HALL- ROSICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP CONNECTION

    A place of adventure and change was not what Manly Palmer Hall was
    looking for when he stepped off a train in downtown Los Angeles in
    the fall of 1919. For Hall, the lure of Southern California was the
    chance to reunite with his mother, who had abandoned him in infancy.
    The 18-year-old Canadian immigrant, who never knew his father, had
    spent a confused and insecure childhood bouncing from town to town
    with his maternal grandmother, Florence Palmer. They had been living
    in new york City when she died suddenly, leaving Hall with little
    choice but to quit his clerk’s job at a Wall Street firm, leave the
    city, and move into his mother’s home in the beachside community of
    Santa Monica.

    Louise Hall, who had worked for 15 years as a chiropractic healer
    in the Alaskan gold fields, shared the modest house with her second
    husband, Charles Hall, a jack-of-all-trades who took her last name.
    If there were hard feelings between Hall and his mother, he never
    spoke of them.

    Hall was raised from age 16 to 19 by a Rosicrucian group, he was
    associated with a myriad of other societies, including Freemasonry,
    he was also familiar with most every mystical and esoteric practice
    that was ever known in the past several thousand years, and probably
    some that weren’t so well known.

    One of the most prolific writers within the broader theosophical
    movement was Max Heindel, a Christian mystic and Danish immigrant who
    established a spiritual commune in 1907 on a scenic bluff called Mt.
    Ecclesia in Oceanside, about 80 miles south of Los Angeles.

    Dedicated to Christ Jesus, Astrology, the power of prayer and
    providing an explanation for the origin, evolution and future
    development of the world and man, Max Heindel’s Rosicrucian Fellowship soon became a favorite vacation spot for young Hall and his mother. Their first trip to Mt. Ecclesia was in 1920, a year after Max Heindel’s death. His widow, Augusta, was struck by Manly’s talent as a writer, his youthful pastoral work at the Church of the People, his graciousness and his intense interest in her husband’s complex books, which essentially taught that earth is a great school to which ever-volving individuals come by way of reincarnation, life after life.

    At Mt. Ecclesia, Manly Palmer Hall grew so attached to Heindel’s
    temperamental heavy-set widow that he started calling her “mother.”
    Augusta Foss Heindel and her followers taught him astrology and the
    fundamentals of typesetting, printing and binding.

    From them, he also learned to avoid writing in longhand with an ink
    pen because it siphoned off one’s vitality, an admonishment he obeyed
    for most of his life, preferring instead to dictate his books.

    He showed her how to play backgammon, and was her connection to
    prospective younger converts. together, they wrote numerous articles
    for the Fellowship’s newsletter, Rays from the Rosy Cross, which
    compared life on the bluff to heaven on earth.

    “Why does this spot seem so beautiful?” Hall wrote under the title
    “Echoes from Mt. Ecclesia” in mid-1921. “There are many other places
    where the stars may be seen and studied, and thousands of people
    see the same glorious sunsets, and enjoy the same wonderful climate.
    But there is something here that is not to be found in any other part
    of the world. There is something here that is restful and different;
    it seems almost like holy ground. It is because of the love that is
    sent here by thousands of members and the lives of self-forgetting
    service that the workers are living day by day, that makes this the
    beauty spot of the earth.”

    On March 17, 1923, Hall was ordained a minister in the Church of the
    People. A few days later, he was elected permanent pastor of the
    church, and the congregation honored him with a rosicrucian-style
    cross that was based on a design of his own and made of diamonds,
    platinum, gold and white enamel. etched with emblems and symbols of
    astrology and ancient religious schools, it represented the ideals
    shared by all spiritual quests. As minister he invited Mrs. Augusta Foss Heindel to do a lecture in the Church of the People which had a great audience .

    Dangling from a chain around his neck, Hall proudly wore the flashy
    fist-sized cross as a symbol of spiritual authority in a state where
    alternative spiritual movements were becoming significant cultural
    forces.The belief in reincarnation had become especially popular.

    He published at the age of 27, 1928 his work The Secret Teachings of
    All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic
    and Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy, which is widely regarded as
    his magnum opus.

    As a fair friend of Mrs Heindel and The Rosicrucian Fellowship he
    wrote the introduction of Max Heindel’s book Blavatsky and the
    Secret Doctrine published in 1933 fourteen years after Max Heindel’s death.

    “Max Heindel was a pioneer in Christian mysticism and Madame
    Blavatsky was a pioneer in Oriental occultism. Both established
    systems of thinking which spread rapidly throughout a soul-hungry
    humanity. Not only did they leave organizations of their own, but the
    seeds which they planted in the hearts of men have sprouted forth and
    borne fruit in many parts of the world, where other organizations
    have been established along similar lines.” (M.P.H.)

    He also wrote the introduction of Augusta Foss Heindel’s book
    Astrology and the Ductless Glands in 1936.

    “The last few years have witnessed exceptional progress in that
    branch of medical science which is called endocrinology or the study
    of the structure and function of the ductless glands with research
    into therapeutic methods of treating derangements thereof. These
    glands are now accepted as the regulators of the physical function,
    the governors and directors of bodily structure, profoundly
    significant not only in their physical reactions, but also their
    effect upon mentality, emotion, sensory reflexes, and the so-called
    spiritual or metaphysical functions. Nearly all endocrinologists
    admit that the pineal gland is the most difficult to understand and
    the most difficult to treat. It can now generally be reached only by
    treating the other glands over which it acts in the capacity of
    generalissimo. The physical functions of the glands are now fairly
    well classified but there will unquestionably be much revision of the
    present opinions. Physicians are willing to admit that the function
    of the glands does not end merely with their effect upon the body but
    scientists are not prepared to make any pronouncements beyond the
    field of material reaction. It is especially significant therefore
    that through a combination of clairvoyance and astrology it is
    possible to examine the ductless glands and discover the metaphysical
    elements in their functioning. The modern clairvoyant uses the same
    method for his work as was used by the initiate priests of the
    ancient world, and like those older adepts he makes contributions to
    the sum of knowledge which are only discoverable to the materialist
    after centuries of ponderous experimentation.
    (…) The work which follows is a spiritual record of the function of
    the pituitary body and pineal gland. I feel that the researches
    carried on by Mrs. Max Heindel are a definite contribution to the
    subject of endocrinology that should be preserved for the use of all
    students of medicine and the occult sciences.”(M.P.H.)

    He has been widely recognized as a leading scholar in the fields of
    religion, mythology, mysticism, and the occult.

    Carl Jung, when writing Psychology and Alchemy, borrowed material
    from Hall’s private collection.

    In 1934, Hall founded the Philosophical Research Society (PRS) in Los
    Angeles, California, dedicating it to an idealistic approach to the
    solution of human problems. The PRS claims to be non-sectarian and
    entirely free from educational, political, or ecclesiastical control,
    and the Society’s programs stress the need for the integration of
    philosophy, religion, and science into one system of instruction. The
    PRS Library, a public facility devoted to source materials in obscure
    fields, has many rare and scarce items now impossible to obtain
    elsewhere.

    In 1973 (47 years after writing The Secret Teachings of All Ages),
    Hall was recognized as a 33º Mason (the highest honor conferred by
    the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite), at a ceremony held at PRS
    on December 8th, despite never being initiated into the physical
    craft.

    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.

  6. In the garden, God had said if you eat the fruit you will die and they did not die.
    Instead they opened their eyes and knew good and evil. Adam did hear God saying, ‘they have eaten the fruit and become like us.

    Mind has the potential for both: good and evil.

    It is up to the human to refrain from the extremes and create balance on the path towards immortality.

    It is good to go through Mystery Babylon series.’

    Dr Leonilla

  7. Dear Manly,
    i realize how fortunate i was to have met you and Maria and able to share the most profound times with you 2 just discussing philosophy and truth. This was the greatest gift my Father gave me as you will always be with me in a
    place where the heart does not die. Thank you for providing me with the key
    to eternity.
    Love
    r

  8. I have about 10 reel to reel tape recordings of Manly Hall and a 1952 reel to reel working recorder player that was used to record the lectures that I would like to sell to someone. The reels are about 2 hrs each & I am not sure if they are recorded full on one side or both sides. The recorder has audio out. Want to sell to interested party. 07/31/09 lakewood167@yahoo.com Gonzales, TX

  9. What is with the absolutely horrible links on the upper right? Is that the best you can do for information?

  10. Guess I should say the name of the book I have for sale! : AN ENCYCLOPEDIC OUTLINE OF MASONIC HERMETIC QABBALISTIC AND ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY…I AM A SELLER ON AMAZON.COM WITH A 100% SELLER RATING. Leanne

  11. I have been a member/singer/office administrator at the Church of Truth in Pasadena for the past 25 years. We just celebrated the Church’s 85th Anniversary. I was delighted to hear from some of the out of state, and local, long term members about some history of this Church that I was not aware of. I did not know that Manly Hall spoke there many times and even had a weekly men’s group. Paramanhansa Yogananda spoke there at least once. Our founder, Dr. Albert Grier, was a contemporary of Ernest Holmes, Many Hall and others.
    We recently re-published a book by Dr. Grier called “The Truth Way”. We edited very little of the antiquated language of the time, but left most every word as it was written. We also have a book by his daughter, Gladys Grier called “Foundation Stones of Truth”.
    I am so glad I found this and other sites about these great teachers and leaders of the new thought movement.
    Peace to all!
    Gary

  12. understanding the fact of creation to created,we are dealing with illusionary thougts about who we are or what we are cappable of.In this reallity,we are dealing with persona control for the themasses,eco-no-me,and most importantly security of environment.
    Manly p Hall has an example of this on his knowlidge to wisdom audio tapes.
    TIME IS MOVING INTO THE CREATION OF DESTRUCTION!…..

  13. RELIGION IS A DOGMATIC CONTROL OF FEAR,ILLUSION,AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DICEITE AND ENTRAPMENT ON YOUR REAL SELF-REALIZATION……..WE HAVE BEEN PROGRAHMED INTO WHAT AND WHO WE ARE,INTO BASING OUR KNOWLIDGE INTO BASIC INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE LEAVING EARTH.
    FIND OUT WHO YOU AND WE REALLY ARE,THE BEING THATS LOOKING OUT THROUGH THOSE EYES,THE BEING THATS BREATHING THE AIR MOLICULES INTO THE PHYSICAL MACHINE THAT WE SO CALL BODY.
    IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP,AND RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE INTO ONESS AND EQUALITY.
    ANY TYPE OF FORMATION OR WAY A BEING PRAISESS OR LOOKS FOR HIS ANSWERE THAT IS SEPERATED FROM THE BEING IS LIVING INTO AN ILLUSIONARY ORGANIC ROBOTIC REALLITY,AND THE BEING WILL COME TO A CONCLUSION OF A SERVANT AND SLAVE.

  14. humans that seek enlightenment or truth,must understand what they are creating is their reallity where you are alice in wonderland down the fuckin rabbit whole.

  15. there is a sound friquency that everyone must realize before they mind trap themselves……..but I will not give you the answere……..search for yourself…..

  16. churches are for hurts!,its spacific in this shit whole reality.
    humans go to church to congrigate with a bunch of other people that has the same stimulation of persona,protecting eachother from the demons in this world,(WICH THE DEMONS ARE MAN!),CONTRADICTING YOUR OWN BELIEFE AND FAITH.your own bubble,your own reality,your own leap of faith (sort of say).
    SO IF YOU ARE HURT AND SCARED OF THE DEMONS IN THIS LIFE,WICH IS LIFE,THEN GO TO CHURCH AND SELF DECIETE YOURSELF,HOPING SOMEBODYS GOING TO SAVE YOUR ASS FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT YOU CREATED………….BUT I KNOW 85% OF SHIT PACKERS IN THIS WORLD DONT GIVE A SHIT WHATS REALLY GOING ON.
    SO GO CHILDREN OF SLAVES,GO BACK TO YOUR MASTERS IN HOPING FOR ANSWERES.LOL!

  17. WAKE UP PEOPLE!
    This is mind control stuff….be your own person…..trust your own heart…don’t let them control you….

  18. multi perfection into multi dimensions indeed comes into play…..but!……what we dont know is multi souls thats looking into the same way.

    HESEPHOLIS1.YOUTUBE.COM

  19. Where can I buy a t-shirt??
    Manly (!) P Hall is the Johnny Depp of guerilla ontology ;o)
    Disco Baboon

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