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The Hymn of the robe of glory is also known as the Hymn of the pearl and belongs to the Acts of Thomas, which were written in Edessa around 225. The hymn narrates how a prince encounters the 'robe' which he had left behind 'at home' (in heaven):At once, as soon as I saw it,The Glory looked like my own self.The idea of the mirror image as a spiritual double can also be found in Mani, and in the Gospel of Thomas (logos 84), part of the Nag Hammadi discovery of 1945:When you see your likeness you rejoice.But when you see your i... More >>>Note that, unfortunately, not all my books can be downloaded due to the restrictions of copyright. However, most of the books on this site do not have copyright restrictions. If you find any copyright violation, please contact me at . I am very attentive to the issue of copyright and try to avoid any violations, but on the other hand to help all fans of magic to get access to information.
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Author:      George Robert Stowe Mead
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The Hymn of the robe of glory is also known as the Hymn of the pearl and belongs to the Acts of Thomas, which were written in Edessa around 225. The hymn narrates how a prince encounters the 'robe' which he had left behind 'at home' (in heaven):

At once, as soon as I saw it,

The Glory looked like my own self.

The idea of the mirror image as a spiritual double can also be found in Mani, and in the Gospel of Thomas (logos 84), part of the Nag Hammadi discovery of 1945:

When you see your likeness you rejoice.

But when you see your images

which came into being before you,

and which neither die nor become manifest,

how much you will have to bear!

Echoes from the Gnosis(1906) is a series of monographs under the title Echoes from the Gnosis (recently republished in a centennial edition) summarizing his insights into the formation of the Gnostic world-view. By this time Mead had published eight works on various aspects of the early Christian world and on "The Theosophy of the Greeks." Together with his outstanding translations of the Hermetic books, these works established his reputation as one of the foremost English scholars in his broadly chosen fields. Mead was the first modern scholar of Gnostic tradition. A century later, the corpus of his work remains unequaled in breadth and insight.

About Author:

George Robert Stowe Mead (1863-1933) was an author, editor, translator, esotericist, and an influential member of the Theosophical Society as well as the founder of the Quest Society.

Birth and family

George Robert Stowe Mead was born at Neneaton, Warwickshire, England on the 22nd of March 1863. He was born to Colonel Robert Mead, an Officer in the British Army and to Mary Mead, who had receivied a traditional education at Rochester Cathedral School.

Education at Cambridge University

Having shown academic potential George Mead began studying mathematics at St John's College, Cambridge. Eventually shifting his education towards the study of Classics he gained much knowledge of both Greek and Latin. In 1884 he completed a bachelor of arts degree, in the same year he also began to practice the position of public school master.

Activity with the Theosophical Society

While still at Cambridge University Mead read Esoteric Buddhism by Alfred Percy Sinnett, this comprehensive theosophical account of the eastern religion prompted Mead to contact two theosophists in London named Bertam Keightly and Mohini Chatterji which eventually led him to join the Theosophical Society.

Mead became a member of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky's Theosophical Society in 1884. He abandoned his teaching profession in 1889 to be Blavatsky's private secretary and also became a joint-secretary of the Esoteric Section (E.S.) of the Theosophical Society, the E.S. was for those whom the Theosophical Society deemed more advanced.

G.R.S Mead received Blavatsky's six Esoteric Instructions and other teachings at twenty-two meetings headed by Blavatsky which were only attended by the Inner Group of the Theosophical Society. It was because of the intimacy Mead felt with the Inner Group that he married Laura Cooper in 1899.

Contributing intellectually to the Theosophical Society, at first most interested in eastern religions he quickly became more and more attracted to western esotericism of religion and philosophy, particularly Neoplatonism, Gnosticism and Hermeticism though his scholarship and publications continued to engage with eastern religion. Making many contributions to the Theosophical Society's Lucifer as joint editor he eventually became the sole editor of The Theosophical Review in 1907 (as Lucifer was renamed in 1897).

As of February 1909 George Robert Stowe Mead and some seven-hundred members of the Theosophical Society's British Section resigned from the Theosophical Society in protest of Annie Besant's reinstating of Charles Webster Leadbeater to the Theosophical Society. Leadbeater had been a prominent member of the Theosophical Society in 1906 until he was met with allegations of teaching masturbation under the guise of occult training to the sons of some American Theosophists. While this prompted Mead's leave of the society his frustration at the dogmatism of the Theosophical Society may have been a major contributor to his breaking with the society. He had been a member for twenty-five years.
The Quest Society

In March of 1909 Mead founded the Quest Society, composed of 150 defectors of the Theosophical Society and 100 other new members. Very intentionally this new society was planned to be an undogmatic approach to the comparative study and investigation of religion, philosophy, and science. The Quest Society had lectures at Kensington Town Hall in central London but its most focused effort was in its publishing of The Quest: A Quarterly Review which ran from 1909-1931 with many contributors.

Among notable names influenced by G.R.S. Mead there can be found: Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats, Hermann Hesse, Kenneth Rexroth, and Robert Duncan. Carl Gustav Jung was also influenced by George Mead, himself owning at least eighteen of Mead's books.


* Simon Magus (1892)
* Orpheus (1895/6)
* Pistis Sophia Pistis Sophia (1896, 1921 ed).
* Fragments of a Faith Forgotten (London and Benares, 1900)
* Apollonius of Tyana 1905. from which a selection
* Thrice Greatest Hermes: Studies in Hellenistic Theosophy and Gnosis, 3 Volumes (London: Theosophical Publishing Society, 1906)
* The Hymns of Hermes
* The Gnosis of the Mind
* Commentary on "P?mandres"
* Introduction to Pistis Sophia
* Fragments of a Faith Forgotten (1900 1st edition); 3rd edition 1931 pp.241- 249 Introduction to Marcion
* Gnostic John the Baptizer: Selections from the Mand?an John-Book (1924)
* Did Jesus Live 100 BC?
* Address read at H.P. Blavatsky's cremation
* Concerning H.P.B.
* Doctrine of the Subtle Body in Western Tradition