Book Review: Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol

Just finished reading Dan Brown's latest.  I don't normally read fiction, but I read this just to stay in touch with the type of propaganda that is being disseminated.

This book is utterly ridiculous.  It's a great example of modern American kitsch.  It takes all the sleazy ploys of American entertainment, and applies them to celebrate the lowliest aspect of modern civilization: secret societies, and all the pseudo-spiritual accoutrements of occultism.

This book takes an amazing turn however.  It's been at least 250 years since the occult underground has been concentrating their efforts on discrediting Christianity.  It's been consistent.  Explore the teachings of occult philosophers, and you'll find repeated and vociferous condemnations of the Christian religion.  Brown's last two works have been no different.  Until now.

The surprising conclusion is that the lost symbol, or the lost "word" of the Ancient Mysteries is the Bible!  So ultimately, it's not Buddhism, or the Sanskrit scriptures, as the occult has been suggesting for many years, but the Bible that holds the ultimate truth that must be unveiled to unleash the coming transformation known as the New Age, or the Age of Aquarius.

But it's not the Bible as you read it.  It's not about a God as creator of humanity, who requires obedience to basic commandments of fairness and decency.  No, it's the other Bible.  Its hidden teachings, which have been cloaked for centuries in the esoteric thought of the Kabbalah.  So paradoxically, the hidden teachings of the Bible, according to Brown et al., and the Ancient Mysteries are one.

Is that possible?  Can the worship of pagan sun gods, astrology, magic and the practice of human sacrifice be the essential teachings of the Bible?  No.  Unless you reverse it's message, as the Gnostics did.  Brown quotes William Blake, whose penchant for the diabolical is well-known, who explained:

"Both read the Bible day and night, but thou read black where I read white".

This was the practice of the ancient Gnostics, early Christians who appropriated the secret teachings of the Kabbalah into Christianity, and who reversed their interpretation of the Bible, such that God the creator became the evil god, while the devil was the true god, who taught man "liberty" from the laws of God, by leading him to the tree of knowledge, which is understood to be magic.

So occultists regard magic as the great power that makes man like a god.  And this is the central message of The Lost Symbol.  Which leads into the second premise of Brown's claims, that God is not a creative force "out there", but that man is god, and that all the Ancient Mysteries are trying to teach us is how to harness the latent powers of the mind so that we can become gods.  In other words, man is God.

This of course is the central tenet of the Kabbalah.  For all it's myriad superstitions, hidden in astrological and alchemical allegory, that is its ultimate message.  In fact, according to the Kabbalah, the history of the universe is that of man coming to the knowledge that he is god.  In the beginning, God wanted to know himself.  Supposedly, therefore, he created an other by which he could come to know himself: man.  But this other of god was in beginning unconscious of his divine nature.  But man is apparently evolving in self-knowledge.  This is expressed in the supposed progress of mankind away from religion, beginning with the philosophy of the Greeks, to the Humanism of the Renaissance, and finally the secularism of the Enlightenment.

Most clearly articulated in the New Kabbalah of Isaac Luria, who lived in the sixteenth century, it was communicated to the Christian world by way of Jacob Boehme, who became the central mystic of the European occult tradition.  His greatest exponent was Hegel, whose brand of German idealism continues to spearhead the aims of the elite to this day.  The end product of this evolution is the Last Man, Nietzche's "Superman", who can finally fully actualize the "truth" that he is God.  This is knowingly the anti-Christ of the Book of Revelations, the blueprint of the Illuminati conspiracy, written by the most revered saint of the occult, John.

But the greatest affront of The Lost Symbol is it's blatant insult to man's basic democratic right to be informed and to check those in power.  Oddly enough, the very principle that the American Masonic empire are based upon.  In Brown's absurd universe, the elite have been protecting this ancient knowledge by keeping it from us.  Why?  Because, according to a posture ridiculed in a role played by Jack Nicholson, "you can't handle the truth".  That's right, you don't have the mental fortitude to understand the hidden significance of occult rituals so you need to be lied to. 

The central plot of the book is that a Masonic ritual has been video-taped, and threatened to be released to the internet, but Brown's protagonist assists the CIA and the chief Masons in preventing it from coming to light.  The message is, next time your government cries "national security", trust them implicitly.

The truth has never been hidden.  It can't be.  Maybe it has been adopted by only a minority at times, but they have always been willing to share it with anyone interested enough to listen.  The truth is merely this: to do unto others as you would they unto to you.  That means compassion for your fellow human being, and in our time, speaking out against the oppression meted out in so many parts of the world by Western imperialism, and carried out cynically and secretly by the Freemasons and the CIA, whose more dubious activities Brown would rather choose to deny to have us share in his fantasy.

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Great review, Mr. Livingstone. I haven't read this book, but from the DaVinci Code and Angels & Demons, it's pretty clear what Brown's agenda is. There are so many writers and speakers today, from Michael Tsarion and Jordan Maxwell to David Wilcock, trying very hard to "promote" the bible by recasting it in masonic/kabbalistic terms. If you haven't been watching the TV show "Lost," they have done so to perfection.

I wish you would get invited to do more interviews. It's too bad most of the internet radio hosts are gnostics, end-times Christians or supposed "anti-masons" while also being cheerleaders for free trade and weak government, which is the whole purpose of masonry. It's pretty amazing how there's so much "anti-masonic" fervor today by people who worship masonic ideals. Masons have managed to throw themselves into the proverbial "briar patch" and seem to be getting away with it.

Are you familiar with Culture Wars magazine? If not, you should definitely check it out. The publisher (E. Michael Jones) has a couple of fantastic books like "Libido Dominandi" and "The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit". Many magazine articles and interviews at culturewars.com, if you're interested. If you can suspend judgement on Catholicism, you'll find a lot of interesting historical, political and cultural analysis.

In reply to myself, I would also recommend the fascinating new document from the vatican comparing "New Age" spirituality to Christianity. Pretty profound stuff, imho:
http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/interelg/documents...

Thanks for throwing Libido Dominandi out there, it's gonna be my next purchase!

I disagree, Dick, this is a lame review and tells me more about Mr. Livingstone than Dan Brown. Michael Tsarion, Jordan Maxwell and David Wilcock do not write fiction novels. Dan Brown writes fiction entertainment. His novels are formula...good guys discover a dark, nasty secret and the bad guys have to chase them down to prevent the good guys from revealing their nasty secret. Entertaining but hardly scientific material.
Anytime fiction writers weave in some religious references, the people who are heavily invested in their religion see an attack and they squawk like rubber duckies when one steps on them.
Dan Brown writes fiction and if you 'can't handle that' then don't read his novels.

Read The God Secret to get information about God, Ancient Egyptian Monotheism, The Sword of King Arthur, the story of Adam and Eve, and our religion. The God Secret by Greg Rigby shows clear and irrefutable evidence of these astronomical irreligious origins.

Some call it Marxism — I call it Judaism.” (The American Bulletin, Rabbi S. Wise, May 5, 1935).

“It is legitimate to adopt a critical attitude toward the relatively large number of Jews who particularly in the first decade after the Bolshevik revolution collaborated with the Soviet Government in the persecution of other peoples.” — Statement of researcher Michael Mills, an official of the government of Australia at Canberra. (Source: Forward, March 10, 2000)

— Robert Wilton, a long time Russia correspondent for the London Times, said in his book The Last Days of the Romanovs:

“According to the data furnished by the Soviet press, out of 556 important functionaries of the Bolshevik State there were in 1918-1919: 17 Russians, 2 Ukrainians, 11 Armenians, 35 Lets, 15 Germans, 1 Hungarian, 10 Georgians, 2 Poles, 2 Finns, 1 Karaim, 457 Jews.

“As the decades past by — after the fateful year 1917 — Judaized Khazars kept a firm hand on the helm of the government in the occupied land of Russia. In due time they built a bureaucracy to their heart’s desire.”

“The Communist soul is the soul of Judaism. Hence it follows that, just as in the Russian revolution the triumph of Communism was the triumph of Judaism, so also in the triumph of fascism will triumph Judaism.” (A Program for the Jews and Humanity, Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 143-144).

The American Hebrew September 10, 1920:

“The Bolshevist revolution in Russia was the work of Jewish brains, of Jewish dissatisfaction, of Jewish planning, whose goal is to create a new order in the world. What was performed in so excellent a way in Russia, thanks to Jewish brains, and because of Jewish dissatisfaction, and by Jewish planning, shall also, through the same Jewish mental and physical forces, become a reality all over the world.”

“The Jews welcome this revolution in the Christian world, and the Jews should show an example. It is not an accident that Judaism gave birth to Marxism, and it is not an accident that the Jews readily took up Marxism: all this was in perfect accord with the progress of Judaism and the Jews.” (A Program for the Jews and Humanity, by Rabbi Harry Waton, p. 148).

“We have exterminated the property owners in Russia. We are going to do the same thing in Europe and America.” (The Jew, December 1925, Zinobit).

The book is fiction. Which means it is not true. He made it up. Yes. He made it up.
If you don't like his version of "made up" write your own book.

PROPAGANDA, designed to lead the Masses...Bread and Circuses...

Your comments show you to be what is desired: Sheep and/or Cattle...either way, you need someone to lead you and you HAVE been led...straight off a cliff

Tom Horn's new book "Apollyon Rising" deals significantly with this issue and goes further into describing WHY the freemasons placed the lost symbol Bible in the cornerstone of the Washington Monument. The kabbalistic meaning beind this is astonishing and well supported in his thesis. I highly recommend you get a review copy.

on the highest level all THEY Illim.keep their hands together they know the plan the plot. On the lower levels they created shism, wars, one against each other..so nobody will know what is right or wrong..Creating chaos and many versions of the same thing. In the middle not many understand the story which is going on

Those up there see the pattern of what is happening while we dow the pyramid fight..even in opur famlilies.

It is time to laeve the personal point of view in the life.

Time to leave the bottom of the pyramide..it will in the end fall....remeber they count on us to sustain their mess

Doing onto others as you would to oneself is indeed the intent of a real human and a truth supporting civil and inspired society.

As the Kingdom of God/Heaven is within, our life and actions originate within our skins. The outer truths may only manifest if the inner truth is pursued.

Know thyself or learn what others have and parrot them.

Self knowlege is inconvenient for those would would step between ourSelves and our Creator as interpreters of the messages of those who 'knew themselves'.

Encouragement and guidance is a blessing. Control within a man created agenda is indeed the best way to 'kill time' and thus keep us as parrots.

would fill volumes. The most important thing, however, is that the God of the Bible, YHVH Elohim, actually placed PROOFS of His divine nature and His authorship of the written Hebrew Torah/Tanakh IN IT!
I refer to that documented phenomenon called ELS codes (Equidistant Letter Sequences). These are names, dates and messages which are encoded within the surface text of the Hebrew Tanakh. They exist at various letter spacings in the same piece of text, often running in both directions, and occasionally running over from one book of the Tanakh to the next, even when the books were known to have been written by different people who lived hundreds of years apart from one another! These names, dates and messages often relate to the context of the surface text of the Bible, such as Isaiah 53, where we find the message (Isaiah 53:10) "Yeshuah Shmi" (My name is Yeshuah), along with the names of all of his disciples and all who were in attendance at his burial on the day on which he was crucified (according to the "NEW" Testament!).
See the books "His Name is Jesus" and "The Genesis Factor" by Yacov Rambsel, an orthodox Jew who came to faith in Yeshuah of Nazareth as a result of his lifelong study of the ELS codes.
Anyone who ignores these PROOFS of the divine authorship of the Hebrew Torah/Tanakh, does so at their own eternal peril.
As our Lord Yeshuah says, "Repent and be saved!"

Evil can come under many different names, but evil is definitely trying to bring down America. There is definitely a battle to destroy Christianity.

Not just Christianity, but also Islam and Judaism. All three religions have Abraham as their common ancestor. What sets these three apart from all the others is their admonition against doing a deal with the devil.
The reason the teachings of the occult are kept secret is not because "we can't handle the truth". It's for a more basic reason. They don't like sharing power. To do so would be to surrender their control of the rest of the population.

after years and years of withholding the truth and deception, running kids by school programs that are teaching the opposit, and we are all this children now, generation after genaration...ye it is heavy to handle to get it all at once to understand.'

It is the only reason.

The truth is not avaiable in the totality if we are to rely on the Kabbala or esoterics or ANY opinion of a man...since they got the wrong picture themselves.
They altered the world and tought the bestiality instead.

And the thing is that witholding the truth gave those entities the thrones, companies govermnents, Vatican ---all power structure..why would they freely give it out to the common man in the official main streams of infromation.

This has been done for 3000 years from the ltime of eading the Jews from the Egypt..this covering up. They were thought the occult by Moses and him alike..which got spread all around the world after murdering of Celts and Vedrussas, who held the real story about the God and universe and a healthy way of living in PEACE here...
The occults from that time Builded all Masonic and Illiminaties groups.
We are all alike godlike, and only one knowing this wantng to rule others him alike has to come with a plan of a cover upp and use violence...then onöy program write school programs, TV, Media, Newspapers and own it, own the banks...soon they own you....everyone

Their agenda is more terrible than one can fattom.
But the ancient one are waking up again
and remebering.
The truth is bigger because is unlimitted.

The lie has its limmits..

all religions like christianity , islam, ir Hinduism , or buddism all the way to Chinas Tibet or other lamas were prescripted only build upon the original once to not to diosturbe the culturte if that etnical grpoup too much .

All is scripted by the illumined once.

Every way of living here on the earth it is the saddest thing..

This is why the genocide is going on in Africa, Indians were so murdered and regulated in the reservats, there are still missionairies going to the jungle , they try to kill the shamans, and so on...so all will lose the prior memory, the only one which is true way of living...like finding God though the nature and undertand the comsmology by using the own brain and not some computer...

ya i accept it, its true to a very great extent, who would like to share power. The only thing thats keeping this bizarre group alive is the hidden meaning the real fact................ once they loose that or once others know that then their value goes down under the dogs feet

Some would define god as the all powerful one. Today money is god. The $ sign is an ancient symbol of the middle east and carries occult significance. At present everyone with the possible exception of three countries is tied into this system of survival. Yet many years ago, actual gold and even tea were the commodities, useful things (tea being more useful than gold, and a much older commodity for trade).

$ are no longer tied to a gold standard and are mere printed sheets of paper, and more rapidly we are entering a paperless, coinless society. Plastic cards are now scanned and transactions are digital. Very soon ALL transactions will be digital and possibly we will have chips placed in our body with a personal code that identifies us as the user. We will be told, then we cannot have 'lost cards' or identity fraud if we do this. Then all money (god) will not exist and be completely controlled by the banks, as we will, because we have accepted their mark and control. At this time we will be more enslaved than we are now.

No war, and no recession ever happens without the say so of the lords and masters, those who own the banking system. Now ask yourself who owns the banks? The 'owner' of the banking system is in charge of 'god $'. Does that make him the divine entity, in charge of $, and we so worship $ or whatever currency we care to, though $ are still the leading currency.

Whoever collapses the $ (which could be quite soon) will have the power to recreate 'his' new currency and it will be no more substantial than any other currency, except in our minds....feeling the 'lack of it' or the 'wish to have it'. What is it that we really want. Ask yourself the question and go to your heart. Take $ and all that feeble shit out of the way. Answer, freedom and happiness. As long as we worship this insubstantial god, we wil be controlled by it, and the master of the banking system. So guys, it's up to you. We need food, we need shelter and we need warmth, companionship and love. Without $ to complicate things, we would have them, and ensure our brothers had them too. We would have all we need, and no desire for more. That desire for more and thinking that $ can get it for us will lead to our demise. A slave to the 'god' $. And we deny religion.....it would appear our nature is to worship and grasp at insubstantial meaningless and worthless things. $ IS the new religion, and it is causing so much trouble, because those who control the system are mere mortals with power bestowed upon them by unsuspecting masses embroiled in the morass of desire beyond reason.

Please, may we find all the 'good' things in life that protect and honour our better nature and first do no harm.

It seems that the truth about the "Holy Grail", for example, is that the Divine Spirit dwells within Man ~ and that it is the attainment of this knowledge, that constitutes the "Holy Grail". Socrates said "Know Thyself". Of course, to know oneself, is, in a very real sense, to know every other human being, on a fundamental, human level. Of course, modern physics tells us, that everything is not only related to everything else in the Universe, but is CONNECTED to everything else in the Universe: “In Lak’ech Ala K’in”- I am you and you are me. What I do to you I do to myself.”— Mayan saying. Therefore, what you do unto others, you are literally doing unto yourself, hence, the biblical maxim: "Do unto others, as ye would have them do unto you." The "elite", of course, are so firmly caught up, in the web or matrix of this physical illusion, we call "reality", that they would rather "Do unto others, BEFORE others do unto them," which all started in the ancient, ignorant past, and they get away with it, because they are the ones who create the money everyone else uses, and will kill anyone who threatens their monopoly. “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
— Cree Prophecy

That's a beautiful but chilling Cree prophecy - so true. I think we are sons and daughters of God, manifestations of God, and we will bring our lessons we've learned back to God when we are done reincarnating. But we are not the whole of God, just a small splinter of God who is enjoying or learning.

The illumined ones control the world through the money line and the bloodline, it's that simple. It is only the lesser light. I just wrote a novel Birthing the Lucifer Star, that explains it all very clearly. http://www.authorhouse.com/Bookstore/ItemDetail.aspx?bookid=67957
Jesus said it best, "Don't you know you are all god?"

yes that is most likely that he is . He might even be a Monarch slave driven by those people.
Or he got payes to make another big DESINFROMATION for the big masses , I gues the movíe will be done soon.

All Hollywood is own by Illuminati...so???

In his books are many lies inbaket among truth. Just their model of giving statements of any kind

Tom hank ís one of the Illum. bloodlines....too

Dan Brown writes pulpy page turners that link, secret societies, intel agencies, spies and fanatics. Even if he subscribed to most of what he writes about, it doesn't matter-at the end of the day film studios make a movie and he gets another big check. He isn't starting a school or a religion. Chill out.

These suggestions that the books are merely "fiction" are naive.  First of all, if you see the interview he did recently for the launch of his book, he clearly mentioned that he hopes these ideas would spread, as he firmly believes in their value.  Secondly, Brown usually starts out his books with two "facts".

Much of what Brown uses is historical, or at least believed to be historical by some.  What is invented is the context that he uses to popularize these ideas.  So as someone else says, this is propaganda.

Worse is what Brown suggests as acceptable.  In the case of this book, is that the CIA should collaborate with the governement to keep truth from the people.  Yes, the book is fiction, but it's being used to communicate some rather evil ideas.

What is so heretical about this idea that Man is God? It's the central meaning of the story of Jesus! He is a Man, he is a God, so where's the mystery? Jesus is Man *and* God and so are you, if you ask yourself "what would Jesus do?" and then actually do it.
Jesus said "let the first be last, and the last be first" so why not "turn the Bible upside down" It will be no more or less true. (hint: stand on your head it will be easier to read)
Jesus spoke in riddles so that his "inner circle" would get the "inner meaning" and the masses would get the watered-down "outer meaning"
"Cast not your pearls before swine!" Christianity/Gnosticism at that time was, you guessed it, a secret society, probably seen as a "lowly aspect of modern civilization" by the Roman upper class who tried to stamp them out.
Please don't complain about distorted teachings, 2000 years of bureaucracy, politics and the Power Trip called "organized religion" has distorted it so completely that heresy is closer to the truth than orthodoxy! Anyhow, the "truth" cannot be written down, all words are lies.
The fact is, no-one needs to be lied to, everyone does a great job of lying to themselves.
But I do agree, Dan Brown sucks. Read the diabolical William Blake instead.
And do not neglect the gospel of my namesake.

- St. Thomas of Esopus

What if this book is another example of showing the truth through fiction? What if the key to the "Ancient Mysteries" IS The Bible? That can be taken many ways. Did they say "The key to the ancient mysteries is Christianity?" Nope. They said The Bible. Which Bible? The King James? The Apocrophia? The Torah?
What if the Bible was the key to the ancient mysteries because it is the combined teachings and symbolism of the seven great cults?
1. The Stellar Cult.
2. The Solar cult.
3. The Lunar cult.
4. The Saturnian cult.
5. The Venusian cult.
6. The Volcano cult.
7. The Dionesian cult.
Truth is stranger than fiction.

the bibel is a historical book telling the fact from the occultist point of viev, written by those who could write , knew the language, were skilled and had connections to the ruling power. it a a book for their purposes and is showing the concept of god and the facts by their concepts they wanted to leave to the afterworld.

To get what God is - one must realize this feeling and connection within....

All other things are stories that were written for many different purposes or politics....
as this one...according to that time understandings and sympaties of tribes..

Yes, these and many more cults are alive and well today. Brown's books are full of symbolism that's steering people in the wrong direction.

In this novel, Langdon is challenged by a student saying that Washington DC's streets are deliberately made to form precise images. the Langdon character doesn't believe in conspiracies or magic...only Science. Welcome to the indoctrinated fool then.

Langdon can't carry Jordan Maxwell's dirty laundry. Then there's Michael Tsarion who's the best resource today.

I can tell by some of the comments you have your work cut out for you dispensing the truth. There are a lot of trendy, gullible people out there. Great site,loaded with info.

it's hardly the place to write this, but i was wandering who if there is any one who knows good books about plots against Africa or the third world (we are extremely malinformed and there is no way of freely downloading a descent book)
i completely agree with the review

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this is in response to the review of the lost symbol. the face of the matter is that in this book dan brown tries to tell people that instead of idol worship or thinking that there is an external thing called god, he tries to tell that we human beings have the divine within us. we all have god in us. we all have the good and the evil and it depends on us on how to use it. the book is thrilling and engages the reader .

Good review David ! Lately due to time constraints, I've not been reading fiction, but read the 'The Lost Symbol' only to know the truth behind Masonry.
'As above, so below', 'You are your own God', 'Apotheosis'- all point towards Antichrist. Someone/ something who will project himself at God towards end-times. He/ it will perform such acts of magic that people will start believing him/ it and start following him/ it. After reading the book a lot of things were clarified. May God save us from the Anti-christ/ Dajjal.
Those who think this is fiction are blind to the visible proof around them or just giving themselves false assurances that they are on right path. Christians are made to believe that Islam is their enemy, but the terrorism being carried out in the name of Islam has nothing to do with Islam at all. Those who know about it will vouch for it. In fact, in places, Muslims themselves are the targets of terrorism. Their holy places are attacked. The roots or the top order therein in many terrorist organisations are likely to be of other orders (dajjal) and just using the name of Islam. The unemployed / unintelligent Muslim youth are projected the religion in a false way and made to carry out wrong acts. And these unsuspecting people do not know who is actually at the helm of things.

Excellent Review.

The Lost Symbol is not a bad read and very enjoyable for large parts of it. It doesn't live up to the standard set by The Da Vinci Code, and it would wrong of anybody to expect that.

Great review.

I recently finished reading this book. Even though its a good read but I believe that Angel & Demons and especially The Da Vinci Code were far better than this one. The book gets boring somewhere in the middle or maybe its just that we already knew what's gonna come out from it.

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