Insights Into Christian Esoterism

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 ...

Author: Rene Guenon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 090058839X

Category: Church history

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.
Categories: Church history

Insights Into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism

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.

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 0900588438

Category: Sufism.

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.
Categories: Sufism.

The Esoterism of Dante

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 ...

Author: Rene Guenon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 1597310581

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage

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.

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 0900588519

Category: History

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.
Categories: History

Guenonian Esoterism and Christian Mystery

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 .

Author: Jean Borella

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 159731014X

Category: Religion

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"
Categories: Religion

A Different Christianity

A Different Christianity

This book presents the esoteric original core of Christianity, with its concern for illuminating and healing the inner life of the individual.

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Publisher: Praxis Research Institute

ISBN: 1872292399

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Christ the Original Mystery

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 ...

Author: Jean Borella

Publisher: Angelico Press / Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 1621383431

Category: Philosophy

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.
Categories: Philosophy

Initiation and Spiritual Realization

Initiation and Spiritual Realization

29 THE MEETING OF EXTREMES WHAT WE JUST Said about the relationship
between the initiatic elite and the people ... aperçus sur la langage secret de
Dante ' in the July 1932 issue of Voile d'Isis ( Insights into Christian Esoterism ,
chap .

Author: René Guénon

Publisher: Sophia Perennis

ISBN: 0900588357

Category: Initiation rites

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.
Categories: Initiation rites

The Beginnings of Christianity

The Beginnings of Christianity

There was the world of Judaism , including the pre - Christian esotericism of the
Essenes which we can now study in the ... which in conjunction with the study of
literary testimonies can lead to important new insights into the history and very ...

Author: Andrew J. Welburn

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046366012

Category: Christianisme - Origines

Page: 351

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Categories: Christianisme - Origines

The Christian Mystery

The Christian Mystery

Neither does it require any contempt for matter, merely a rising above and
overcoming it on the way to something higher. ... the secrets of the world, in order
to thereby receive insight into the deeper connections of the life of the world and
human beings. ... The Yoga Path, Christian Gnostic Initiation, and the Esotericism
of the Rosicrucians How Does One Gain Higher Knowledge in the Rosicrucian
Sense?

Author: Rudolf Steiner

Publisher: SteinerBooks

ISBN: 9781621510734

Category: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Page: 287

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Categories: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Marie Steiner von Sivers Fellow Worker with Rudolf Steiner

Marie Steiner von Sivers  Fellow Worker with Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner about western christian esotericism , and his confirmation of the
necessity for this western esoteric christianity , and through this the beginning of
their work together . The third conversation reveals her clear insight into the ...

Author: Marie Savitch

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015049218954

Category:

Page: 239

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Mountain Path

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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Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015066022115

Category: Mysticism

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Categories: Mysticism

Esotericism Art and Imagination

Esotericism  Art  and Imagination

Its thematic organization offers insight into the complex ways that esoteric
traditions or currents of thought appear not only in ... who heaped ridicule on
esoteric religious traditions in general , and on Christian esoteric traditions in
particular .

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: UOM:39015077625161

Category: Art

Page: 327

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Esotericism, Art, and Imaginationis a uniquely wide- ranging collection of articles by scholars in the field of Western esotericism, focusing on themes of poetry, drama, film, literature, and art. Included here are articles illuminating such diverse topics as the Gnostic fiction of Philip Pullman, alchemical images, the Tarot, surrealism, esoteric films, and much more. This collection reveals the richness and complexity of the intersections between esotericism, artistic creators, and their works. Authors include Joscelyn Godwin, Cathy Gutierrez, M. E. Warlick, Eric Wilson, and many others.
Categories: Art

Christian Ethics as Witness

Christian Ethics as Witness

In seeing, speaking, and assisting others, we also allow others to see, speak, and
assist us, and in this relational encounter, we learn more fully what it means to be
human. It is being human, after all, which makes it possible for us to talk about ...

Author: David Haddorff

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781621891024

Category: Religion

Page: 494

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Christian ethics is less a system of principles, rules, or even virtues, and more of a free and open-ended responsible witness to God's gracious action to be with and for others and the world. Postmodernity has left us with the risky uncertainty of knowing and doing the good. It also leaves us with the global risks of political violence and terrorism, economic globalization and financial crisis, and environmental destruction and global climate change. How should Christians respond to these problems? This book creatively explores how Christian ethics is best understood a witness to God's action, thereby providing the ethical framework for addressing the various problematic social issues that put our world at risk. Haddorff develops the notion of witness through a detailed study of Karl Barth's theological ethics. Barth, he argues, provides a language enabling us to know what a Christian ethics of witness actually looks like in both theory and in practice. In correspondence to God's gracious action, Christians remain free to think and act in faith, hope, and love in respondence to their unique circumstances, even in a world at risk. In their witness, Christians remain confident that God has not abandoned the world but loves and cares for its future.
Categories: Religion

A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth Century Russia

A Rosicrucian Utopia in Eighteenth Century Russia

has marshalled all the existing historiography and also delved, with
discrimination and care, into the rich, and ... of the nobility sought ways to reform
and stability by blending traditional Christian spirituality with scientific insight into
the ... Rosicrucian hermeticism and esoterism were ready to offer them guidance
on this path.

Author: Raffaella Faggionato

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402034879

Category: Philosophy

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.
Categories: Philosophy

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

Aleister Crowley and Western Esotericism

This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions.

Author: Henrik Bogdan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199996063

Category: Religion

Page: 432

View: 353

This volume is the first comprehensive examination of one of the twentieth century's most distinctive iconoclasts. Aleister Crowley (1875-1947) was a study in contradictions. Born into a fundamentalist Christian family and educated at Cambridge, he was vilified as a traitor, drug addict, and debaucher, yet revered as perhaps the most influential thinker in contemporary esotericism. Moving beyond the influence of contemporary psychology and the modernist understanding of the occult, Crowley declared himself the revelator of a new age of individualism. Crowley's occult bricolage, Magick, was an eclectic combination of spiritual exercises drawn from Western European magical ceremonies and Indic sources for meditation and yoga. This journey of self-liberation culminated in harnessing sexual power as a magical discipline, a "sacrilization of the self" as practiced in Crowley's mixed masonic group, the Ordo Templi Orientis. The religion Crowley created, Thelema, legitimated his role as a charismatic revelator and herald of a new age of freedom. Aleister Crowley's lasting influence can be seen in the counter-culture movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s and in many forms of alternative spirituality and popular culture. The essays in this volume offer crucial insight into Crowley's foundational role in the study of Western esotericism, new religious movements, and sexuality.
Categories: Religion

Forthcoming Books

Forthcoming Books

Author: Rose Arny

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015046427004

Category: American literature

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Categories: American literature

Western Esotericism

Western Esotericism

Based on Papers Read at the Symposium on Western Esotericism, Held at Åbo,
Finland on 15-17 August 2007 Tore Ahlbäck, Björn Dahla ... Was Walther another
Christian Rosencreuz , as the first half of this account , which reflects the journey
of Frater C.R. in the Rosicrucian ... utilizing several newly ( re ) discovered
manuscript and print sources that offer new insights into Walther's life and
interests .

Author: Tore Ahlbäck

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015081443429

Category: Cults

Page: 297

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Categories: Cults

Esotericism

Esotericism

Lamb of God in the midst give us a deep insight into the struggles of that time .
The Son - power was sealed by the ... Thomas Aquinas fought with all his being
for the originally Christian gift of Grace . He was faced with the question :“ How
can ...

Author: Carl Unger

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B284554

Category: Anthroposophy

Page: 119

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Categories: Anthroposophy

The Modern Schoolman

The Modern Schoolman

This task of reading anew the documents of human existence was specially
urgent in the case of traditional Christian ... Kierkegaard combines broad
sympathy and insight into the ways of man with independence of judgment and a
crafty sort ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X002579326

Category: Philosophy

Page:

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Categories: Philosophy