Logos Mantram Magic

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Logos Mantram Magic – Arnoldo Krumm-Heller I thoroughly enjoyed Logos Mantram Magic. Practically published in paper-back by Helios Books, this is the first English translation of the work. My immediate impression was that regardless of the main body of the books content, this work has a value purely from the position of bringing awareness to Krumm-Heller. The forward by his son Parsival Krumm-Heller reveals his father as a respected and oft revered man by the South American people. I find this a valuable insight; in the main his contempories of the time in the English speaking world were at best treated as eccentric and at worst reviled. Here we have evidence of how a self-described Rosicrucian can be favorably received by his community. The translator and editors have done a fair job of what must have been a tricky task. I found the main text overly verbose and sometimes a little obscure, but I can’t determine if this is present in the original, or a product of the difficulties of translation. Krumm-Heller’s topic is obscure at the best of times, and it’s no mean feat to have rendered his concepts reasonably clearly into the English. I suspect this would not have been possible without some small measure of understanding of these matters by the editor Stephen J. King. The editing is professional, as I have come to expect from works published in association with the O.T.O. The footnotes are concise and helpful. The work itself is fascinating. Krumm-Heller’s focus on the word and speech is revealing. In my opinion it perhaps places mantram techniques in their proper place – as a foundation that underlies and informs all other methods. I’m reminded of Crowley’s Paris Working and Hermes communicating that he is always between the invoker and the invoked (my words). The photographic reprints are curiously Crowleyesque – Krumm-Heller is another master of dramatically changing his appearance as he ages. As a younger man he radiates strength, in his old age a gentle calm. The appendices are well selected and add to the work by bringing more of Krumm-Heller’s life to the fore, and there’s a handy bibliography of works cited. My copy had the cover pages curl back a little from absorbing the damp winter air, but the binding is sturdy. After reading it and treating it fairly off-hand there’s no sign of the spine breaking or pages coming loose. In summary I’d recommend this work to anyone with a little experience in the field.

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