TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Introduction presents the objective of the book, that is, to prove the existence of a sacred kernel in our modern civilization. It introduces the language of symbols and the traditional triad, Cosmos - Year - Man, as the main triple significance of any sacred writing or rite.
Homer's epics are the first to illustrate the thesis of a sacred kernel, considering that the Western literature and civilization owe a lot to the Greco-Roman culture.
The Bible is too a primeval source of our Western world. The story of Samson and Delilah is chosen to prove the coexistence of an initiatory and cosmic significance, alongside the religious one.
3. The Bad Wolf
The fairy tales, old as humankind itself, constitute excellent evidence of how the sacred kernel survived and was transmitted over the centuries. Two tales, Grimm's "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Three Little Pigs," are selected to illustrate it.
4. Dante's Devils
An episode of Dante's "The Divine Comedy" permits one to follow the "evolution" in time of the sacred kernel, and to develop previous symbolic considerations.
5. Shakespeare at Midnight
"A Midsummer Night's Dream" helps to find out Shakespeare's esoteric knowledge and to rediscover the cosmic and spiritual sides of the sacred kernel.
6. The Four Musketeers
The famous Dumas' novel, "The Three Musketeers," so often misinterpreted, proves to be an initiatory tale, hiding a profound spiritual meaning, even if the author was unaware of it.
7. Dracula's Castle
This chapter, closer to our modern times, elucidates one of the modern fixations: Dracula and the vampires. Jules Verne's story, "Carpathian Castle," is considered in connection with the surviving sacred kernel.
8. Black and White
The strange novel "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket" by Edgar Allan Poe gives the opportunity to understand better how modern literature integrated the ancient spiritual heritage. The important symbolism of black and white helps to uncover other faces of the sacred kernel.
9. The Twins
Mark Twain's famous novel "The Prince and the Pauper," and a more recent one, "The Scapegoat" by Daphne du Maurier, represent proofs of an everlasting spiritual meaning transmitted to our modern civilization. The only condition is to open "the eye of the heart" and choose between "the wheat and the darnel."
10. The Eye of the Heart
The last chapter presents an extraordinary story, "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Considered mainly "children's literature," the story unveils a powerful spiritual kernel and introduces the traditional concept of "the eye of the heart," well-known in Islamic tradition.