He even acknowledges the historical importance of the great Hermes Trismegistus
, and my only major criticism of his readings is that he appears to be unfamiliar with the pioneering works in esotericism of academics such as the notable Wouter Hanegraaff, who heads the unique school of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents at the University of Amsterdam.
"However, the ancient Egyptian system is almost 2,000 years older than the yoga sutras of Patanjali as it is based on the philosophy of Ma'at, Hermes Trismegistus
, also known as Tehuti, Ptahhotep, Kagemini, and Seti I.
, which means 'Thrice Great Hermes,' is believed to be the author of the Emerald Tablet.
The Tradition of Hermes Trismegistus
: The Egyptian Priestly Figure as a Teacher of Hellenized Wisdom
The principle dating back to antiquity, first laid out in the tablet of Hermes Trismegistus
, seems quite apt in our current circumstances.
Of signal interest is the impact of Ficino's interpretation of Plato's Republic both on Ignatius de Loyola, who founded his order on the model of the ideal republic, and on what Byrne defines as Cervantes' "fictionalized treatment and perceptive adaptation of the dialogue's concepts of justice and equity." She reminds us that, for Spaniards generally, Ficino, Plato and Hermes Trismegistus
were "completely orthodox, and would remain so for centuries." This means that the liberal dimensions of Ficino's work, though venturing at times into the realms of magic, demonology, and the occult, were also accepted either as orthodox or as legitimate accounts of ancient thought.
Hermetic entered English in the early 17th century in reference to Hermes Trismegistus
, as his name was Latinized, and it was soon used to describe things that were beyond ordinary comprehension.
Walbridge's commentaries which explain, for instance, the reasons that made Suhrawardi develop a mystical approach of Islamic religion, leaving the Aristotelian influences on the sciences and advancing a Neoplatonic tradition "leaded" by Pythagoras, Plato and Hermes Trismegistus
. The whole context and background of the transmission of Platonic and Neoplatonic thought and philosophy and their reception by Suhrawardi is explained in 2001 in Walbridge's book: The Wisdom of the Mystic East: Suhrawardai and Platonic Orientalism.
Another approach to the Demiurge is found in Poimandres, the Shepherd of Men, the opening book of the Corpus Hermeticum, the most prominent of several collections of ancient mystical dialogues in which Hermes Trismegistus
(the Egyptian Thoth) is the principal speaker.
On the other hand, many usages that might prove ambiguous or obscure to students remain unglossed: e.g., again in Religio Mediei, mediocrity (in the sense of moderation), oraison (prayer), Hermes Trismegistus
and the Corpus Hermeticorum, roundels (steps), cantons (nooks), composition (agreement).
His equivalent Ancient Egyptian God Thoth, the god of writing, the scribe; Hermes Trismegistus
and his lore the corpus hermeticum, Hermes the guide of souls to the netherworld psychopompos and the conductor of dreams.
Hughes tells us the nave was dedicated to Hermes Trismegistus
(selfevident nonsense) and that the central figure is Moses placed above an inscription saying, "Take up the laws of Egypt" (21).