Book review by Dennis Waterman of ‘The Red Lion’ by Maria Szepes
subtitled ‘the Elixir of Eternal Life’
first copyrighted in 1946 in Hungary
English version by Horus Publishing, Inc. 1997
7.5 for all levels or readers
This book can be read as a novel and on that level it is quite entertaining
as it follows the five primary lifetimes of our protagonist in a 300 plus
year span of a maturing Europe. During these lifetimes our main character
deals with the manifestation of most human qualities; the lower ones such
as lust, greed, ignorance, passions, and anger and also the higher ones such
as the desire for knowledge, health, long-life, wisdom, a still mind, and
energetic calm. The author spells out the karmic consequences of these strengths
and frailties so that the reader cannot possibly overlook them. Beyond these
unveilings there are philosophical insights such as, “The body’s weapons
are passion, desire, sensuality, and yearning after beauty. The spirit’s
weapons are aftereffects of these desires---nausea, disillusionment, suffering,
aging, and death. The soul is the bridge on which the two forces fight continuously.”
This tome is valued highly by the worldwide alchemy community for its in-depth
understanding of the science of the soul as well as the science of the body.
It is an impressive work that alludes to what is real while keeping the important
information out of the everyday reader’s hands. If it sparks your interest
you can inform yourself at www.subtleenergies.com or at www.ormus.ws or join
a forum such as firstname.lastname@example.org .
This three hundred and seventy seven page journey begins with the following stern warning:
“No one should start thoughtlessly down the path of the arcane
sciences, for once he starts he must persevere to the goal. Otherwise, he
will be lost. Once on the path, a single doubt will produce madness, a single
stop will cause a fall, a single attempt to shrink back will plunge the luckless
soul into a bottomless abyss.
It is unclear to me if Levi is writing about this particular book or one
of his own, and although I am no great fan of Levi, take his warning to be
real, Szepes must have wanted you to or she would not have placed it up front.
Of course if you are reading this review you must have some interest in the
subject matter already. I believe that all human beings are on this path
from the beginning it is just that sometimes their connection to the path
is temporarily misplaced. My final counterpoint is that although the consequences
of slipping from the original intention of liberating yourself are indeed
more severe than minor failings of the will they will not send you to a ‘bottomless
abyss’. Since we live quite naturally in a magical universe it amazes me
when individuals use the spoken or written word to create such dramatic exaggerations.
Or is it that in his dualistic reality such is indeed true for him? For those
with an education (including religious indoctrination) dualism seems natural.
From my viewpoint it is natural for those that dwell largely in the left
brain and much of what I (Dennis Waterman) write is an attempt to get the
reader to break with this (accepted) pattern. I have chosen this moment to
spell it out for you so that those that need to hang on to their precious
answers can make their break for the exits.
You who are now beginning to read this book will be either a king or a madman
once you have finished. You can do what you want to with it; you will never
hate or forget it. If your heart is pure, it will be a shining torch; if
your heart is strong, it will be a weapon in your hand. If your heart is
wise, it will become still wiser. But if your heart is base, this book will
be hellfire to you; it will brand your soul and weigh your conscience with
eternal sorrow and restlessness.”
Late in the book the main character becomes an assistant and student of the
Count Saint-Germaine, as the Count (possibly) leaves this earthly plane he
reveals ‘The Eleven Rules’: which are
Love God above all else.
I applaud this advice wholeheartedly and know that insofar as all of us are
able to follow this guidance the world will be a better place to live. As
regards ‘lists’, ‘commandments’, and all other forms of guidance I wish to
mention my memory of a fragment of the gospel of Thomas (censored from the
current bible for centuries). In it Christ is asked, “Why do you give us
only two commandments, whereas Moses gave us ten?” The profound answer from
Christ is, “If you understand not even one commandment is necessary. If you
have no understanding not even ten times ten times ten commandments will
Use your time to develop your soul.
Be completely unselfish.
Be sober, humble, active, and silent.
Learn the origins of the ‘metals’ in you.
Beware of charlatans and liars.
Constantly revere the highest good.
Learn the theory before you try to practice.
Practice charity toward all beings.
Read the ancient books of wisdom.
Strive to understand their secret meaning.
The signposts that real teachers leave for us are called Truth, Love, and Peace. Follow your heart!