Guénon had argued that superior forms of knowledge ought not be pursued on a level removed from the general norms established by a positive tradition (‘exotericism’) – less still in opposition to, and in revolt against such norms. The two spheres – the exoteric sphere and the esoteric – Guénon suggested, ought to be complementary: […]
When we spoke of the connection vat-heart, we also noticed how the content adjusted itself to the container: wine-blood. We here refer to the ancient Norse myth about the primal man Kvasir. This being came to be as peace treatise between the Gods of the skies, the Aesir, and the Gods of the earth, the […]
Further there are the many wordgames in which Saint Graal is being turned into Sang Réal, referring on the one hand to the real blood (réal – holy blood – the Divine fluidium) and the royal bloed, the new Divine body of the new legal king.
Koenraad Logghe in De Graal p. 618… Continue reading […]
But creation or radiation implies separation, and it is this ontological separation from the Source of all goodness that constitutes evil.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr in The Heart Of Islam Continue reading Evil is separateness from Go(o)d
One would think that the cycle of revelation would have been terminated in the Axial Age. But the decadence of the Greek and Roman religions around the Mediterranean Basin and the weakening of the northern European religions created a vacuum that only a new revelation could fill.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr in The Heart Of Islam Continue reading Only a new Revelation could fill the gap
The essential question to be asked is whether the traditional form one is thinking about does or does not, under present circumstances, actually provide the means for taking a man all the way in the spiritual life or not? In other words, are the formal limits such as to leave an open window looking towards […]
The initiatic path is active by definition and therefore an active attitude, in the face of difficulties that might even outlast a lifetime, is the proper prelude to entering that path—herein is to be seen the difference between hope, in the theological sense, and mere desire. The true seeker does not only wait for Grace […]
For any human being, his “traditional attachment” can be regarded as a minimum condition defining him as human
Marco Pallis in Some Thoughts on Soliciting and Imparting Spiritual Counsel Continue reading Traditional attachment
For a tradition to fulfill its purpose in any given case, it must be “viable” in relation to the circumstances of the person concerned, that is to say it must be sufficiently accessible in time and space, as well as assimilable in itself, to render participation “operative.” It would, for instance, be useless to try […]
Most of these people spend their lives in mosques and zawiyas sitting beside the Divine bride (the Truth, al-haqîqa), but alas they sit with her back to back!
Muhammad at-Tâdilî (quoted in The Essential Titus Burckhardt)… Continue reading With the back to the Bride
Consequently, we no longer know what men and women are, When hurricanes were named after women only, this represented a knowledge that stretched back to the beginning of the human race, a knowledge the Hindus designate by the word Shakti: the feminine, self-manifesting power of the Transcendent God. (The Hebrew Shekhina, the glory of God […]
There are certainly many remnants of Paganism and folk magic in traditional English, Irish and Scottish ballads, […] and I wish the cultural historians, folklorists and mythographers all the luck in the world in their attempt to unearth and analyze these fragments. But I am not on the trail of the remnants of Paganism, but […]
The mystical truth which is realized in the sage is virtual in the folk. If the folk are the field, the sage is the fruit of the tree which grows in the center of it, a fruit which, even as it takes its place in the eternal domain of God’s attributes, also cyclically returns to […]
So the Primordial Tradition mostly comes down to us through the religions of the world. But there are still remnants of this universal wisdom that come to us through other channels, some of them almost inconceivably ancient. In myth, folklore, folk songs, riddles, superstitions, hand gestures, jokes and dances, the way we nod “yes” and […]
The Primordial Tradition alone can’t save us, it can’t be a Spiritual Path for us; only the true and revealed religions of the world can do that. The nourishing fruit of the Tree of Religion grows on the branches, not on the trunk. But the Primordial Tradition, the original story of the way things are, […]