A little over 40 years ago, J.J. Hurtak, a promising and by all reports, charismatic professor of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, had a series of extended and intense visionary experiences that ultimately resulted in his departure from academia. According to his own testimony, Hurtak was deeply contemplating the state of the world in 1973 and calling upon the “Name of the Father,” using sound meditation and mantra, when he was suddenly ushered into a realm of Divine Light by the Master Ophanim Enoch. From there he ascended into into the skies as the celestial and divine design of consciousness was revealed to him.
Dr. Hurtak had extensively studied comparative linguistics, anthropology, Egyptology, UFO’s, the occult and mysticism. He nurtured an abiding fascination with Greco-Roman Gnosticism and had attended a seminar conducted by the famous scholar of religion, Mircea Eliade, some years previously. Hurtak had dedicated his first dissertation to Eliade’s inspiration.
This experience of ascension, as Dr. Hurtak would later describe it, resulted in the reception of 64 “keys,” followed by extensive interpretive commentary which took Hurtak at least three additional years to complete. The final published version Book of Knowledge: Keys of Enoch, would be released in 1977 as the foundational text for Hurtak’s vision of a new science and technological endeavor that would join research and spiritual ascension into a final human cosmic destiny.
A major teaching of the Book of Knowledge involves assisting the reader in developing his/her Merkaba vehicle. The Merkaba, or chariot, is based on Jewish mystical teachings that describe a process of ascending to the realms of the divine in a spiritual vehicle. In Jewish tradition, Elijah and Enoch are thought to have ascended in such fashion instead of dying, and Ezekiel is thought to have seen such a vehicle in his famous “angelic spaceship” vision. In New Age thought, the Merkaba vehicle is often identified with the etheric body which can be strengthened and used to consciously travel to higher realms at will.
The Book of Knowledge has gradually become one of the foundational texts of the Ascensionist/DNA recoding “school,” if you will, of New Age thought. Combining as it does, concepts of biology and astrophysics with kabbalistic numerology, early computer neologisms and old fashioned Gnosticism, Dr. Hurtak’s revelation has inspired both praise and incredulity. He has certainly worked to earn his prophetic bread ever since, traveling ceaselessly in the service of the message of light, harmony and human evolution in what is clearly a labor of love for the central message of the Book of Knowledge.
Book of Knowledge is a densely packed symbolic text. Familiarizing oneself with sources that Hurtak found inspirational can help in the decoding process. Principal among these are the writings of Schwaller de Lubicz, especially his Temple of Man, the Theosophical writings of Alice Bailey, particularly her Externalization of the Hierarchy, Synergetics by Buckminster Fuller, a smattering of Hermetic Kabbalah, The Urantia Book and Eliade’s explications of Gnosticism. Once digested, the Book of Knowledge is a internally consistent study of the interlocking intricacy of linguistic symbolisms across and through several disciplines.
In many ways, the Book of Knowledge can be seen as retelling of an older story of ascension found in the Jewish first century text, the Book of Enoch. The Book of Enoch is a mysterious text that was well known to first century Christians and is widely believed to have influenced the language and symbolism of the New Testament text often referred to as the Book of Revelations. In later Kabbalistic theory, Enoch is sometimes identified with the archangel Metatron, who is supposed to express the prophet’s higher self.
The Book of Enoch introduces the story of the Watchers, a group of angelic beings who are said to have fathered the Nephilim, a race of legendary giants mentioned briefly in Genesis. Book of Enoch describes the prophet’s journey through a variety of mystical realms and revelatory states of consciousness.
In similar fashion, the prophet Muhammad is said to have traveled to into the higher regions of heaven during his famous Night Journey and to have met Enoch, (Arabic, Idris), along with all the other great prophets, during his sojourn. At some point Muhammad “saw” the far mosque, or Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and this account provided the pretext for the building of the Al Aqsa mosque with its famous Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
Readers of the Book of Knowledge may find some of its characterizations of Muslims a bit problematic, although it’s helpful to keep in mind that western/Islamic tensions had just entered into a new period of distrust during the period in which the text was received in the early 1970’s. In interviews and presentations, Hurtak takes pains to emphasize the interfaith and universalist message of the text.
Dr. Hurtak claims a modern Ascension experience which joins ancient symbolic story with the more recent ruminations of biology, computer science and astrophysics, while the person of Enoch/Metatron provides key symbolic content. Book of Knowledge: Keys of Enoch provides a virtual compendium of Ascensionist New Age thought and can be purchased at most good Metaphysical Booksellers, such as Mirabai in Woodstock, NY.