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I went into the field of writing. You know, my father said, “You go to engineering school,” and I said, “No, I want to write.” And I went to engineering school, so professionally I wrote—I got even with him—in an effort to support these researches, because I kept right on researching.
My wife would tear her hair out by the handfuls when she would get bills for books—bill for $150 A Discourse on the Mystical and Spiritual Principles of the Magi.1, 2 Rare. She would say, “God’s sakes!”
- The book Hubbard mentioned is almost certainly this one, described at http://www.esotericism.co.uk/esoteric-classics.htm:
De Montfaucon de Villars, Abbe
Comte de Gabalis (376 pp)
Discourses on the Secret Sciences and Mysteries in Accordance with the Principles of the Ancient Magi and the Wisdom of the Kabalistic Philosophers.
Warning. This book is for the student who seeks to illuminate his intelligence by the Torch of his own divinity. Let him whose quest is the gratification of a selfish intellectualism beware its pages, for this is a book of hidden mystery and power. Therefore let the mind be pure that it may invite the approach of the Pilgrim Soul and come into a new realization of God’s Omnipotence and Justice.” Partial Contents: The Abbe de Villars Meets the Comte, Comte de Gabalis, Raymond Lully and His Testament, The Cabala, Philosopher’s Stone, Visions of St. John, Initiation Defined; The People of the Elements, Philosophic Balance, Cause of the Evolution of consciousness, Wisdom of the Serpent, Universal Fire or Solar Force, Sects and Religions, their Cause, Philosophy of Nutrition, Hermes, Messenger of the Gods; The Oracles; Children of the Philosophers, Satan Cabalistically Defined, Allegory of Eve and the Serpent, Marriages of the Gods, The Greek Myth, Plato a Son of the Sun, Melchizedek and Shem, Birth of Apollonius of Tyana, Merlin; Charity of the Philosophers, Sanhedrin of the New Law, Geomancy, Prince of the World, Non-Existence; St. Paul an Initiate; Plato; Book of Enoch; Egg and Serpent Symbol; Holy Language described by Emmanuel Swedenborg, Samson, Moses an Initiate, Sacred Fire, Zoroaster, Roman Worship of a Supreme Deity without Image or Statue, Birth of Jesus as related in the Koran; Seven Ancient Prophecies of World Peace, Truth; Justice; The Messenger. $ 27.00 ↩
- From The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly Hall, “Pope’s Rape of the Lock, & c. Comte de Gabalis by Abbé de Villars, and essays by De Quincy, Hartmann, Jennings, Mackenzie, and others, are examples of Rosicrucian literature.”