Insights Into Christian Esoterism

In these works Guénon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and ...

Insights Into Christian Esoterism

Author: Rene Guenon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588396

Page: 136

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One of René Guénon's lifelong quests was to discover, or revive, the esoteric, initiatory dimension of the Christian tradition. In the present volume, along with its companion volume The Esoterism of Dante, Guénon undertakes to establish that the three parts of The Divine Comedy represent the stages of initiatic realization, exploring the parallels between the symbolism of the Commedia and that of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Christian Hermeticism, and illustrating Dante's knowledge of traditional sciences unknown to the moderns: the sciences of numbers, of cosmic cycles, and of sacred astrology. In these works Guénon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and organizations as the Holy Grail, the Guardians of the Holy Land, the Sacred Heart, the Fedeli d'Amore and the 'Courts of Love', and the Secret Language of Dante. One chapter in the present volume, 'Christianity and Initiation', is of special interest with regard to the history of the Traditionalist School. When first published as an article, it gave rise to some controversy because Guénon here reaffirmed his denial of the efficacy of the Christian sacraments as rites of initiation, a point of divergence between the teachings of Guénon and those of other key perennialist thinkers. Both The Esoterism of Dante and Insights into Christian Esoterism will be of inestimable value to all who are struggling to come to terms with the fullness of the Christian tradition.

The Esoterism of Dante

In these works Guénon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and ...

The Esoterism of Dante

Author: Rene Guenon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9781597310581

Page: 108

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Especially since the Renaissance, some in Western Christendom have suspected that the deeper dimension of their tradition has somehow been lost, and have therefore sought to discover, or create, an 'esoteric' or 'initiatic' Christianity. In the middle of the nineteenth century two scholars, Gabriele Rossetti and Eugène Aroux, pointed to certain esoteric meanings in the work of Dante Alighieri, notably The Divine Comedy. Partly based on their scholarship, Guénon in 1925 published The Esoterism of Dante. From the theses of Rosetti and Aroux, Guénon retains only those elements that prove the existence of such hidden meanings; but he also makes clear that esoterism is not 'heresy' and that a doctrine reserved for an elite can be superimposed on the teaching given the faithful without standing in opposition to it. One of René Guénon's lifelong quests was to discover, or revive, the esoteric, initiatory dimension of the Christian tradition. In the present volume, along with its companion volume Insights into Christian Esoterism (which includes the separate study Saint Bernard), Guénon undertakes to establish that the three parts of The Divine Comedy represent the stages of initiatic realization, exploring the parallels between the symbolism of the Commedia and that of Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Christian Hermeticism, and illustrating Dante's knowledge of traditional sciences unknown to the moderns: the sciences of numbers, of cosmic cycles, and of sacred astrology. In these works Guénon also touches on the all-important question of medieval esoterism and discusses the role of sacred languages and the principle of initiation in the Christian tradition, as well as such esoteric Christian themes and organizations as the Holy Grail, the Guardians of the Holy Land, the Sacred Heart, the Fedeli d'Amore and the 'Courts of Love', and the Secret Language of Dante. In addition to Dante, various other paths toward a possible Christian esoterism have been explored by many investigators-the legend of the Holy Grail, the Knights Templars, the tradition of Courtly Love, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and Christian Hermeticism-and Guénon deals with all of these in the present volume as well as his Insights into Christian Esoterism. In the latter, one chapter in particular, 'Christianity and Initiation', will be of special interest with regard to the history of the Traditionalist School. When first published as an article, it gave rise to some controversy because Guénon here reaffirmed his denial of the efficacy of the Christian sacraments as rites of initiation, a point of divergence between the teachings of Guénon and those of other key perennialist thinkers. Both The Esoterism of Dante and Insights into Christian Esoterism will be of inestimable value to all who are struggling to come to terms with the fullness of the Christian tradition.

Insights Into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism

This small volume brings together a number of Guénon's early articles relating to Sufism (tasawwuf), or Islamic esoterism.

Insights Into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588433

Page: 87

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René Guénon (1886-1951) is undoubtedly one of the luminaries of the twentieth century, whose critique of the modern world has stood fast against the shifting sands of recent philosophies. His oeuvre of 26 volumes is providential for the modern seeker: pointing ceaselessly to the perennial wisdom found in past cultures ranging from the Shamanistic to the Indian and Chinese, the Hellenic and Judaic, the Christian and Islamic, and including also Alchemy, Hermeticism, and other esoteric currents, at the same time it directs the reader to the deepest level of religious praxis, emphasizing the need for affiliation with a revealed tradition even while acknowledging the final identity of all spiritual paths as they approach the summit of spiritual realization. This small volume brings together a number of Guénon's early articles relating to Sufism (tasawwuf), or Islamic esoterism. The later article 'Islamic Esoterism' has also been included, since it so well articulates the particularities of initiation in Islam by defining the fundamental elements of tasawwuf: shari'ah, tariqah, haqiqah. The first constitutes the necessary fundamental exoteric basis; the second, the Way and its means; the third, the goal or final result. In the other chapters, Guénon expresses with his usual synthetic clarity what tawhid and faqr are, and gives examples of traditional sciences, relating angelology to the Arabic alphabet, and chirology to the science of letters ('ilm al-huruf). A number of book and article reviews give interesting insights into traditional orthodoxy. The Collected Works of René Guénon brings together the writings of one of the greatest prophets of our time, whose voice is even more important today than when he was alive. Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions, etc.

Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage

René Guénon (1886-1951) was one of the great luminaries of the twentieth century, whose critique of the modern world has stood fast against the shifting sands of intellectual fashion.

Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588518

Page: 256

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René Guénon (1886-1951) was one of the great luminaries of the twentieth century, whose critique of the modern world has stood fast against the shifting sands of intellectual fashion. His extensive writings, now finally available in English, are a providential treasure-trove for the modern seeker: while pointing ceaselessly to the perennial wisdom found in past cultures ranging from the Shamanistic to the Indian and Chinese, the Hellenic and Judaic, the Christian and Islamic, and including also Alchemy, Hermeticism, and other esoteric currents, they direct the reader also to the deepest level of religious praxis, emphasizing the need for affiliation with a revealed tradition even while acknowledging the final identity of all spiritual paths as they approach the summit of spiritual realization. Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage is both an attempt to rediscover the lost roots of Masonry and a fascinating look into the many controversies swirling around the subject of Masonry in serious intellectual circles during the first half of the twentieth century. It must also be classed, along with Symbols of Sacred Science, Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power, Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles, The Esoterism of Dante, Insights into Christian Esoterism and Insights into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism-not to mention related sections in many of his other books-as one of René Guénon's masterful excursions into esoteric myth, symbolism, and secret history. Freemasonry may indeed be, as Guénon ultimately concluded, a largely degenerated and thus no longer strictly 'operative' offshoot of a true initiatory lineage; yet its symbolism, like that of the original Rosicrucians, remains profound, traditional, and therefore ultimately legitimate. And given that the 'Spirit bloweth where it listeth', it is always possible that symbolism of this order may awaken in a receptive soul intimations of the Truth and the Way, which can be of inestimable of value in 'the path to the Path', the quest for a living initiatory spirituality.

Guenonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery

Insights into Christian Esoterism ( 1954 ) : 76 , 78 , 90 , 94 , 95 , 102 , 103 , 107 ,
136 , 157 , 297 , 364 . Insights into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism ( 1973 ) : 31 ,
56 , 467 . Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines ( 1921 ) : 93 , 189 .

Guenonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery

Author: Jean Borella

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9781597310147

Page: 524

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Rene Guenon's explication of the principles of an interior understanding of sacred forms has established his reputation in the West as the master theorist of esoterism. But till now his doctrine has not been the focus of thorough study in Christian circles, and this has had serious consequences. Guenonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery is the first major work to combine an analysis of Guenon's ideas about esoterism with a critical examination of their application to Christianity in terms of data provided by Christianity itself. But to accomplish this, such data cannot simply be surveyed superficially-it must be known firsthand; hence the abundance of citations and references in this text. Such an approach not only lets us decide about certain issues, but may also help us rediscover an all too misunderstood facet of the revelation of Christ. Jean Borella taught philosophy at the University of Nancy until 1995. A Platonist by formation, he has been strongly influenced by Guenon and Eastern metaphysics. But his deepest inspiration derives from unceasing meditation on the Christian faith, which led him to undertake the present searching critique of 'Guenonian Christianity'. A religious philosopher, he strives to hear the reverberations awakened in human thought by revelation. "Rene Guenon was one of the great metaphysical minds of the last few centuries, and it was a great loss to the Catholic Church when he converted to Islam. Prof. Borella shows in this landmark study exactly where Guenon's work remains of perennial value for Christians, but also demonstrates the limitations and personal idiosyncrasies which led Guenon to distort some of the most important elements of Catholic and Orthodox doctrine. Prof. Borella's book may well stimulate the recovery of authentic metaphysics within the Church for which Guenon longed, but which he despaired of seeing in his lifetime." -Stratford Caldecott Editor, Second Spring, Director (UK) of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith & Culture"

Christ the Original Mystery

In Christ the Original Mystery (a republication of the work issued in 2004 as Guénonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery), René Guénon's insights into the problems of the modern world, symbolism, and metaphysics are masterfully situated ...

Christ the Original Mystery

Author: Jean Borella

Publisher: Angelico Press / Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9781621383437

Page: 522

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In Christ the Original Mystery (a republication of the work issued in 2004 as Guénonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery), René Guénon's insights into the problems of the modern world, symbolism, and metaphysics are masterfully situated by Jean Borella within the horizons of the Christian Mystery, the sacraments, and the mystical way.

The Inner West

... of the Modern World, The Symbolism of the Cross, The Reign of Quantity and
The Sign of the Times, Perspectives on Initiation, Spiritual Authority and
Temporal Power, Insights into Christian Esoterism, and Initiation and Spiritual
Realization.

The Inner West

Author: Jay Kinney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440650837

Page: 336

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The founder of the influential Gnosis magazine collects essays by some of today's finest spiritual writers to explore the West's magical and esoteric traditions. Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Gnosticism, The Knights Templar . . . Even before the success of The Da Vinci Code, many readers knew of these and other aspects of Western esoterica. But few understand their true meaning. In The Inner West, more than twenty essays by seventeen leading authors shine a light on some of the most mysterious and closely held aspects of the Western tradition. Its authors bring to life the symbolist and occult philosophies that populate the history and beliefs of the Western way. These same philosophies-which include variants of Christian and Jewish mysticism, and the teachings of figures like Rudolf Steiner and G. I. Gurdjieff-can present a deep and different spiritual path for today's seekers. Spiritual seekers have often looked to the East for inspiration and guidance. Yet increasing numbers of people are discovering that many helpful wisdom traditions have existed right here in the West. With the Kabbalah and Tarot cards more popular than ever, and alternative spirituality from Wicca to Sufism gaining a new audience, The Inner West is a timely book for this expanding audience

Initiation and Spiritual Realization

... of the word ' vulgar'in his treatise De Vulgari Eloquentia , and especially his
expression vulgare illustre ( see ' Nouveaux aperçus sur la langage secret de
Dante ' in the July 1932 issue of Voile d'Isis ( Insights into Christian Esoterism ,
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Initiation and Spiritual Realization

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588358

Page: 187

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The present volume is a companion volume to Guenon Perspectives on Initiation, in which Guenon carefully defined the nature of initiation and of the organizations qualified to transmit it. In Initiation and Spiritual Realization he adds many details on related subjects, including various inner and outer obstacles the aspirant may face, the need for attachment to a traditional exoterism, the role of the spiritual master, and a closer examination of the degrees of spiritual realization.

Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles

... only he knows how , the ' Doctors , that is , the ' officials ' about whom he had
already spoken some harsh truths in. 1 . See The King of the World , chap . 10 ,
n4 . ED . 2 . See Insights into Christian Esoterism , chaps . The Siphra di-
Tzeniutha.

Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 9780900588174

Page: 111

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The articles collected in this volume represent some of the most unusual from Guénon's pen. They could be described as fragments of an unknown history, a history reaching back through prehistory to protohistory, for they begin with the Primordial Tradition contemporaneous with the beginnings of present humanity. The text opens with a study on cosmic cycles, taking as point of departure the Hindu doctrine of the Manvantara, though similar doctrines appear in Greco-Roman antiquity, among Jewish Kabbalists, Islamic Sufis and Ismailis, and in the Hopi, Lakota, and Maya nations of the New World. Essential to this doctrine is that earlier ages differed qualitatively from ours, which may explain why our historicism and archaeology have yet to come to grips with 'Hyperborea' and 'Atlantis', despite the many clues embedded throughout mythology, folklore, sacred architecture, etc. That is, our own time's quality cannot simply be projected backwards into past ages. In presenting Hyperborean and Atlantean lore-the cyclical mysteries of the West and the North-as well as material on the Hebrew Kabbalah and Egyptian Hermeticism, Guénon successfully transmits the requisite sense of such 'other' times, which for some may awaken the intuition of higher levels of Being.

Mountain Path

At his behest , books compiled from journal articles have since been published :
Initiation and Spiritual Realisation , Insights into Christian Esoterism , Symbols of
the Sacred Science , Studies in Hinduism , Traditional Forms and Cosmic Cycles
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Jung a Biography

... Pueblos or the East African Elgonyi in order to gain insight into the psyche of
people still undisturbed by civilization . ... secret of transformation and
selfdevelopment as it existed in the Western alchemy that grew out of Christian
esoterism .

Jung  a Biography

Author: Gerhard Wehr

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

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Page: 549

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Provides a view of the man and of his work as a physician and scientist.

A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth Century Russia

Masonic lodges and mystically oriented circles of the nobility sought ways to
reform and stability by blending traditional Christian spirituality with scientific
insight into the workings of Nature. Rosicrucian hermeticism and esoterism were
ready ...

A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth Century Russia

Author: Raffaella Faggionato

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402034873

Page: 310

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This is the first investigation of the history of Russian Freemasonry, based on the premise that the facts of the Russian Enlightenment preclude application of the interpretative framework commonly used for the history of western thought. Coverage includes the development of early Russian masonry, the formation of the Novikov circle in Moscow, the ‘programme’ of Rosicrucianism and its Russian variant and, finally, the clash between the Rosicrucians and the State.

Sophia

Islam is certainly a central theme in several of Guenon's works including Insights
into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism and The Symbolism of the ... Guenon's essay "
Islamic Esoterism" in Islamic Esoterism and Taoism is an essential prerequisite
for anyone interested in the inner ... 90 Guenon clearly understood the essential
identity of all traditions, yet felt he could not find a proper initiation in Christianity.

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The Great Initiates

Clement of Alexandria , one of the few Christian bishops who held the key to
universal esoterism , rightly named it the Gospel of the Spirit . John has a
profound insight into the transcendent truths revealed by the Master , and a great
facility in ...

The Great Initiates

Author: Edouard Schuré

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The Essential Writings of Frithjof Schuon

why without being a historian , philosopher , sociologist or psychologist of
religion , Schuon brings the profoundest insight into all these fields , namely , the
history ... of all with a metaphysics or scientia sacra which stands above theology
as this term is usually understood in Christianity . ... such as Esoterism as
Principle and as Way and Spiritual Perspectives and Human Fact , are replete
with passages ...

The Essential Writings of Frithjof Schuon

Author: Frithjof Schuon

Publisher: Element Books, Limited

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Page: 544

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"I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion". -- T.S. Eliot. A momentous volume.

Studies in Comparative Religion

... what esoterism is and what it is not , goes on to examine the doctrinal
foundations of Islamic esoterism or Sufism , and ... Taoism , Christianity , and
Islam , and ends with a useful and practical insight into the contemporary
situation entitled ...

Studies in Comparative Religion

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Metaphysics, cosmology, tradition, symbolism.