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Perspectives on Initiation (New)
by Guenon, Rene
Publisher: Sophia Perennis
Book ID: 9780900588327, 0900588322
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The present volume is unique in giving a comprehensive account both of the conditions of initiation and of the characteristics of organizations qualified to transmit it. The book presents such central principles as the dangers and barrenness of syncretism, the often dire consequences of fostering 'psychic powers', and the superiority of sacerdotal initiation (into the Greater Mysteries) over 'royal' initiation (into the Lesser Mysteries), though both are necessary parts of the initiatic path. This last point precisely defines the rift between Guenon and Julius Evola, whose elevation of royal initiation over sacerdotal must be seen, according to Guenon’s criteria, as a modern-day echo of the ancient revolt of the warrior caste against the priestly one. Whoever follows Guenon's argument will realize that a romantic warrior mysticism held no fascination for him, and is in fact explicitly contrary to his principles. But pre-eminently, Perspectives on Initiation provides indispensable points of reference for anyone attempting to distinguish between 'initiatic', 'pseudo-initiatic', and 'counter-initiatic' spiritualities in these profoundly uncertain times.
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