On Reading the Books of Samael Aun Weor
In his lifetime, Samael Aun Weor has written over 60 books, and over 270 of his talks have been transcribed and compiled into a huge book called the Fifth Gospel. Besides that, there are probably other transcribed talks that did not make it to any book, all of it to form a large textual heritage left to us by master Samael.
He was writing about many different subjects, that from esoteric point of view are relating to spiritual development, such as psychology, astrology, ancient history, Kabbalah, endocrinology, cosmogony, tarot, etc. Many of his books (particularly the ones that he wrote in more advanced stages of his inner work) have a profound depth and can be used as a guide for spiritual awakening, but it is important to know how to read them.
First of all, one should understand his cultural background. He was born and grew up in Colombia during the 1920’s. His personality acquired values of that time and place, which often comes through in his books. This is important to bear in mind so not to be put off due to the culture and time aspect. Once this is understood, you will be better equipped to look at the message, rather than putting too much attention on how it is presented.
Secondly, when reading his books you may notice an occasional harshness. This is something that many people take to heart and even dismiss his teachings because of that. In my view, harshness in his writing is due to two things – first because of how his personality was developed, and secondly because of the ray of his Being. Master Samael is said to be closely related to planet Mars, which is the planet of our solar system often time connected with war, harshness and fierceness. Nevertheless, the planet Mars is said to be one of the sacred planets of our solar system, so its harshness is not of a mechanical type, but rather obedient or working in unison with its companion – the planet Venus, which is the planet of our solar system related to love and beauty. Looking at it from this perspective, one can understand the why of the occasional harsh language of Samael Aun Weor, and can be more easily accepted as an expression of his Being.
This can be even more understood when you develop your inner senses to a degree. If then, for example, you look his video interviews that are from later part of his life, you would sense the emanations of his inner Being, which is love and compassion for humanity, shining through him.
Another thing to be aware of when wanting to read his books, is that they were written in various stages of his development. He started writing them in the 1950’s when he just began the first stage of the path to liberation (known as the First Mountain), and continued writing them until the very end of his life in the late 1970’s, which was the point when he finished the Second Mountain.
The reason why it’s important to keep this in mind is because the objectivity and the insight one would have at the beginning of the first stage of the path, and the objectivity and insight that one would have at the end of the second stage of the path, would be enormous. Having said this, it is good to note that Samael was said to have certain faculties enabled from an early age, which supposedly gave him inner perceptions. He would then use those when writing books, and so one can get some valuable insights even from his early books.
Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the fact that during his early time he was at the level in which he was. It is like with any practical subject – the more one gains experience and knowledge about ones own profession, the better can he convey it in writing, in comparison to when just starting out. This is even more relevant in esoteric subjects, where certain components (psychic perceptions and parts of the Being) are needed in order to be objective and see the truth in a holistic way.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that the books of Samael Aun Weor, especially the later ones, are filled with profound depth. Because of that, it’s not really advisable to read them as any other literature. It appears that he deliberately wrote his books in the way for them to speak directly to the consciousness of the reader, beyond the layers of the personality, mind and the ego, in order to make an impression on deeper parts of one’s own Spirit. Because of that, it is advisable to read them slowly, with full attention, to allow the spontaneity of consciousness to reach the core of the message that is being transmitted.
When it comes to which books to read first, my recommendation would be to start with “The Revolutionary Psychology” and “The Great Rebellion”. These two are good introductory books that will give you a good idea about what Samael’s teachings are based upon, which is self-knowledge (gnosis).
After that you can continue reading more advanced books of his: “The Three Mountains”, “Yes there is Hell, Yes there a Devil, Yes there is Karma”, and “The Mystery of the Golden Blossom”, in which he further explains our esoteric situation, about the inner work, and what is needed to awaken. Afterwards is suggested to read other advanced books of his, such as “The revolution of the dialectic”, “Tarot and Kabbalah”. “Pistis Sophia unveiled”.
Having said about the recommended order of books, it is important to say that it is very beneficial to simultaneously to reading, you also attend Gnostic classes, led by someone who can clarify the points from the books, particularly those points that may not be fully grasped. For example, you can join courses and workshops on AscendingPath.org, or you can join a genuine esoteric school (such as Gnostic Society Tradition and Revelation) where you can learn more about these teachings.
Then once you get a good practical undestanding of Gnosis and Samael’s teachings (which is essentially contained in the first five books I recommended + “Revolution of the dialectic” book), you would be well equipped to read his other books and texts too, where there are also gems of wisdom. By that time you would develop your understanding of Gnosis and intution to the point to be able to discern what resonates with your soul and what does not.
HDP, April 2020.