Clarity and Consistency
Troward and the Ardue Library
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Troward's main works are the Books numbered 4, 6, 9, 10, and 11.
In an essay entitled Spiritual Law in the Scientific World, I comment at length on Book 1, Natural Law in the Spiritual World, parts of which pose problems — particularly in reconciling Troward's interpretation of the status and role of Jesus with Drummond's more narrowly "doctrinal" view.
Book 2, Light on the Path, is an attempt to describe the characteristics of a highly advanced mystic.
Bacon's Essays, in Book 3 may be treated as short treatises on aspects of ordinary human psychology and political manipulation thereof.
Book 5, Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race, exemplifies the role of tradition as an essential contributory factor in cultural development.
Book 7, Unto Thee I Grant the Economy of Life, probably written more than three thousand years ago, constitutes conclusive evidence that the technological advances on which we pride ourselves have not been accompanied by any raising of moral standards, but rather the reverse.
Book 8, The Kybalion, is a highly concentrated treatise on Hermetic Philosophy, the kernel which Troward's own books expound and elaborate.
Taken all together in the light of Troward's insights into the mental substrate which underlies all thought, Books 2 through 12 pose no great difficulties for any monotheist, and probably not many even for atheists. I therefore commend them as providing a sound launch platform from which to embark on a personal quest for ever-increasing understanding of the individual's true relationship with the Universe of which he or she is a unique microcosm.
Readers of the other books in the Ardue Library and of the works mentioned in my suggestions for A Personal Library will benefit from a thorough grounding in Troward's writings.