This is a rich textbook from a mature spiritual teacher committed to the
realisation that the purpose of evolution at any time is to make life
NAPRA Review USA
A profound and spellbinding book by one of the world¹s great
spiritual masters. Barry Long leads us courageously down philosophical
and metaphysical paths
often thought of as too complex for the average person to understand.
the great gift of this book is that it makes these ideas accessible to
This book is destined to become a classic.
The Planet Australia
I have always had a liking for cosmology. When I was young I drunk long
deep at the well of Blavasky's Secret Doctrine and scaled the heights
of Kabbalah and Platonism. However, I came away unrefreshed. While I learned
a lot about
root-races, cosmic cycles and the Sephiroth I still felt disconnected
spiritual worlds around me. While the theory may have been correct it
was much like algebra or mathematics it described something else,
but only described it. There was always a chasm between the object (me)
and the subjects (the universe). It was hence with some trepidation I
started to read 'The Origins of
Man and the Universe'. However, my fear soon turned to envy.
Here is a man who can not only turn a phrase but can make the most complex
spiritual matters easily comprehended. Barry Long not only makes the spiritual
verities understood but helps us gain a connection with them. His reference
is humankind and hence every chapter brings home how the esoteric cosmologies
can be applied to our lives, what they mean to us personally. There is
no object-subject distinction here, no separation, only a sense of oneness
Long writes in a smooth, easy to read manner and yet challenges us to
deeply every step of the way. While he can easily be understood and
communicates beautifully, he does not speak down to us but entices us
up to his level of comprehension. He offers useful illustrations, both
in text and image, and has an honesty that is genuine and undoubtedly
Sure, there are lots of new age books on the market, lots of titles on
and where man has come from and where he has to go. But there are not
many that really make a connection, that bring spirituality into the grasp
of the seeker, that talk 'soul to soul' rather than analysing the universe
like it's an equation.
Since everything is connected to everything else, only through a real
of where we are in the universe can we understand ourselves and I, for
came away from this book with a deeper understanding and a great sense
The Independent Review & New Dawn Australia
Nova Holistic Journal of Western Australia listed 'The Origins of Man
and the Universe' as one of the best books of 1998 and made the following
The highest compliment that I can pay this
book is to compare it favourably with
Ken Wilbur's 'A Brief History of Everything'. 'The Origins' is completely
different in content and approach, but as riveting, empowering and wondrous
in essence as
that other wise volume.
This is one of those books that you will
keep on your book shelves for a very
long time, reading it through and then dipping in from time to time for
a closer look.
Comments from 'New Age Guardian':
A vivid portrait of how our universe came
into being and how evolution really works.
Compared to what's in this book, the theories
of astrophysics are just mathematical games.
Radically shifts the perception of its readers
about what we see 'out there'.
If anything is a proof of the old maxim 'as
within, so without', this book is it.
Marks a shift in our collective unconscious
. . . will probably stand for decades
to come as an influence on the way we look at life.
From an article about Barry Long published in 'Polku' magazine (Finland):
'The Origins of Man and the Universe' is a vibrant vision of the cosmos,
evolution of life and consciousness, the development of idea into matter
and the enrichment of matter into human form. The author himself describes
his book as
a mythical journey deep into the psyche, back into a space before the
of time. According to him the only language which has sufficient truth
the amazing origins of man and the universe is the language of myth. Barry
Long describes man as a myth that has come to life in the context of earthbound
sensory life. Primarily man is a myth of two principles or ideas conceived
in the mind of God: the principles of man and woman. The long journey
of these two principles from the first life forms into conscious human
beings is still unfinished
and each individual's spiritual awakening is a part of that journey.
From a reader in Boston, USA; contributed to Amazon.com
Whether or not I 'liked' this book is irrelevant! The fact is that it
is helping to
awaken me from the self-ish ignorance of my mind, our society, our culture,
and our evolutionary history. Having already read it several times through,
with a still mind, it has enlightened several spiritual ideas in my consciousness.
This work is nothing less than the mythic revelation of the cosmos in
contemporary scientific language. It is the timeless 'logos' in the language
of our times; a psycho-spiritual Master-piece; the word of God written
through man the master. Mr Long's words guide the still mind and present
consciousness on an inward mytho-scientific
journey through the habitual ignorance of the selfish psyche back to its
divine origins. I have not yet completed this journey and will continue
to read it until I do, but I have realized the idea of what Mr Long is
doing. From this place of love and truth I commend this book to you. You
may not 'like' it, but if you are ready it will help to enlighten your
consciousness and reveal some original truth to you.