Offered is the first edition of Gleanings of a Mystic by Max Heindel This is the 1922 edition, which was the first one printed. There is no printing stated so I am assuming it is also a first printing.
The book is in good condition. The binding is tight. The pages are crisp with very little yellowing. The pages are not spotted. There is no writing except for one letter and a few erased numbers on the inside of the back cover. Both in pencil. The binding was repaired either professionally or semi- professionally (see photos). The stitching can be seen from a few pages toward the middle of the book if it is wide opened, but they are firmly attached. I can lift the book holding just the page ends without them coming loose or moving (that is my test of a good binding). The corners of the cover and spine ends have light to moderate wear as can be seen in the photographs, but there is no exposed board beneath the cover material. The letters on the spine are fading and there is small patch of fading toward the bottom. I have included many photographs to illustrate the qualities and imperfections. There is a link to Max Heindel at the bottom of the description.
The book is probably in better condition than my description. I do not like to overgrade the condition of the books I sell so I point out every detail. There is a fourteen day money back guarantee if the condition is not satisfactory (does not include return shipping).
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Two words regularly crop up in Max Heindel’s writings. They are at once complements and opposites of each other. Occult occurs far more often than mystic, and for good reason. Rosicrucian Teachings are principally occult and not mystic. Moreover, the Rosicrucian Fellowship was founded for the purpose of promulgating occult knowledge, as contained most completely in the Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception. The student may have experienced some confusion with the use of these two terms in Heindel’s oeuvre. By exploring that use in context we hope to bring clarity both to their intended meaning and to key concepts in the Rosicrucian Philosophy.
Etymology can shed light on the two terms of our study. Both refer to that which is hidden. Occult comes from Latin occultus, concealed, and the verb occulere, to cover over. Mystic comes from the Greek myein, to shut the eyes. In the ancient mysteries the candidate’s eyes were actually opened (either after long sensory deprivation to effect heightened impact of the mystical scene, or, more esoterically, the spiritual vision was opened). In common usage, occultism reveals the hidden while mysticism only refers to the hidden. Heindel retains this sense: Occultism is a rational presentation, a public showing of invisible or meta-physical truths. It identifies the causes for physical phenomena existing in the world of thought and, importantly, the path by which the invisible worlds can be consciously accessed and known. Mysticism describes the path of uniting with the first Cause of creation through faith, devotion, and love. Mysticism does not seek knowledge per se, it seeks God. It would surpass “mere” knowledge, however lofty. It wants total immersion in Divinity.