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The Kybalion - Online

  by Three Initiates

The Kybalion online

An online ebook edition of The Kybalion -- this book is a study of basic hermetic teachings that outline an ageless wisdom. In ancient times (and even today) these teachings were not understood by the lay person, but were readily understood by students, after the axioms and principles had been explained and exemplified by the Hermetic Initiates and Masters to their Neophytes. The Kybalion was originally written in the early 1900's and is now in the public domain. A priceless gem!

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The Kybalion is available in PDF format. Click here to view/download the PDF file.

For a nominal cost of $1.25, The Kybalion is available for several eReaders. These eReader editions come with images that complement the work.

NOOK

Do you own a Barnes & Noble NOOK ebook reader? The Kybalion is available for your NOOK through B&N's ebookstore.

Kindle Ebook Reader

Amazon Kindle owners can download The Kybalion from Amazon's Kindle store.

iPad

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Download Kybalion ePub

The Kybalion is available as an ePub ebook which can be read using devices such as the Sony eReader and other devices. Download it from E-junkie.

Print versions...
Hardcover and paperback copies of The Kybalion are available thru the Kybalion Bookshop.

Who were the Three Initiates?

The authors of The Kybalion chose not to associate their names with the book, possibly because the principles and philosophy it outlines cannot be credited to any person. Were they self-proclaimed initiates or did someone or something initiate them? And if they were initiated, who or what did it and what was the initiation? As mysteries abound, explore the rest of the links on this page and see where they lead you.

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Paul Foster Case

Some say Case is an author of The Kybalion.

Yogi Ramacharaka

 aka William Walker Atkinson

Stories suggest Atkinson was one of the authors after meeting a traveler from the East.

In the book, The Kybalion: The Definitive Edition, religious scholar Philip Deslippe maintains that William Walker Atkinson is the sole author of The Kybalion.

Alchemy texts archives - Kybalion
An archived 1997 newsgroup discussion about The Kybalion and its authors.

History of the Kybalion
The Occult Library discusses the authors of The Kybalion. Could one initiate have been a woman?

Hermes Trismegistus

Hermes

The Three Initiates dedicated The Kybalion to a figure by the name of Hermes Trismegistus whom they credit for this information. But the axioms really describe the intelligence and characteristics of nature, and so the source is nature itself rather than a person. Nevertheless, the figure of Hermes has become closely tied to the work. Who or what was he? Explore the myths, the legends, the stories.

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Herbert Spencer

The Kybalion's chapter on the Divine Paradox mentions Herbert Spencer who was an English philosopher, prominent classical liberal political theorist, and sociological theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer developed an all-embracing conception of evolution as the progressive development of the physical world, biological organisms, the human mind, and human culture and societies. Books by him are available through the Kybalion Bookshop.

Thomson J. Hudson

The Kybalion's chapter on Mental Gender also mentions Thomson J. Hudson who was a psychical researcher and is known for his three laws of psychic phenomena, first published in 1893. Dr. Hudson advanced theories of the objective and subjective mind. Books by him are available through the Kybalion Bookshop.

The Kybalion in other Languages

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Nothing is permanent but Change

"... all things [are] evolving from other things, and resolving into other things..." -- The Kybalion

Therefore, change must apply to The Kybalion as well. While The Kybalion is a great little book, you have to admit, its language is slowly becoming more outdated. A newer publication has evolved that breathes fresh life into an age old philosophy...

Summum Pyramid
Photo © and courtesy of Summum

Summum and The Kybalion
If you liked The Kybalion, you'll love the book found here. It offers ideas to questions and issues not found in the Kybalion. Check out the Grand Principle from which the Seven Principles are derived. It is a jewel amongst hidden treasure!

"The voice of wisdom is silent, except to the open mind."-- Summum

The epilogue of the Summum book tells a very fascinating story about one man's research into The Kybalion and what he discovered.

Epilogue of the
Summum book

The Seven Principles and the U.S. Supreme Court

Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States

History was made when the Seven Hermetic Principles went before the United States Supreme Court in November of 2008. The issue involved whether Summum, a spiritual organization that espouses the seven principles, could erect a monument of the principles next to a monument of the Ten Commandments in a city park.

From the Alternative Religions Blog at About.com:

"If Paul Case were alive today, I wonder what he would make of the Supreme Court's decision to hear arguments from the town of Pleasant Grove, Utah, which is seeking to prevent a monument of the Seven Hermetic Aphorisms from being posted alongside its Ten Commandments."

On February 25, 2009, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision. All nine justices voted unanimously against the monument of the Seven Principles. It just goes to show you the rule of paradox is always in effect -- the highest law of the land was not able to recognize the highest laws of nature.

To find out more, click here to do a Google search for articles about the case.

And if you feel inclined to read the legalese, click this link to view the Supreme Court's copy of the ruling.

Miscellany

Articles about the The Kybalion in Wikipedia

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