The Simple Life of Rene Guenon

The present volume, first published in 1958 by Guénon's friend and collaborator Paul Chacornac, whose bookstore, journal (first called Le Voile d'Isis, later changed to Études Traditionnelles), and publishing venture-Éditions ...

The Simple Life of Rene Guenon

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. The present volume, first published in 1958 by Guénon's friend and collaborator Paul Chacornac, whose bookstore, journal (first called Le Voile d'Isis, later changed to Études Traditionnelles), and publishing venture-Éditions Traditionnelles-were so instrumental in furthering Guénon's work, was the first full-length biography of this extraordinary man to appear, and has served as the foundation for the many later biographies that have appeared in French, as well as the lone biography in English, René Guénon and the Future of the West, by Robin Waterfield. Its translation and publication in conjunction with The Collected Works of René Guénon represents an important step in the effort to bring Guénon's oeuvre before a wider public.

Rene Guenon and the Future of the West

Sophia Perennis will soon publish another biography , The Simple Life of René
Guénon , written shortly after Guénon ' s death by his close friend and publisher
Paul Chacornac . After a lonely childhood , often interrupted by ill health ,
Guénon ...

Rene Guenon and the Future of the West

Reni Guinon (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 is the only biographical introduction to Guinon currently available in English. Sophia Perennis will soon publish another biography, The Simple Life of Reni Guinon, written shortly after Guinon's death by his close friend and publisher PaulChacornac. After a lonely childhood, often interrupted by ill health, Guinon navigated the seductive half-truths of occultism toward a deeper, unified vision offering a way out from the confusion and fragmentation of our time. Against the seemingly inexorable process of dissolution the twentieth century experienced, Guinon pointed to the transcendent unity of all religious faiths and the abiding Truth that contains them all.

Journeys East

René Guénon The next chapter provides a sustained look at a school of thinkers
amongst whom René Guénon was pre-eminent. Guénon's writings on Eastern
subjects will be situated in the context of his life and work as a whole. However, it
is here worth ... 25 See J. Borella, “René Guénon and the Traditionalist School,”
and P. Chacornac, The Simple Life of René Guénon, 23. 26 R. Guénon, The
Great ...

Journeys East

Journeys East tells the story of the twentieth century's encounters between East and West by exploring the lives of many of the most fascinating scientists, intellectuals, artists, and spiritual seekers of our time.

American Book Publishing Record

Artificial life . I . Title . 109 Historical & Collected Persons Treatment , THE world '
s great philosophers / 109 . 2 edited by Robert L . Arrington . Oxford ... 09 A secret
history of consciousness / by Gary Lachman . ... 0954 Man and his becoming
according to the Vedanta / Rene Guenon ; translated by Richard C . Nicholson .

American Book Publishing Record


Sophia

2 . Frithjof Schuon , René Guénon : Some Observations ( Hillsdale , NY : Sophia
Perennis , 2004 ) , p . 7 . 3 . See , for instance , Paul Chacornac , The Simple Life
of René Guénon ( Hillsdale , NY : Sophia Perennis , 2004 ) . 4 . See , for ...

Sophia


Theosophy Imagination Tradition

There subsists , in any event , the great difference between eastern religions ,
those of fusion , and Christian religions ... of a vain and artificial syncretism , but
indeed of an experienced fact , and as always , there is greater knowledge in life
than ... ESOTERICISM AND MODERNITY René Guénon and the Status of the
West To speak of “ Tradition ” “ as a definitive given ” . ... He understands and
praises Guénon ' s demand for rigor , his submission to a simple metaphysical
order , clearly ...

Theosophy  Imagination  Tradition

A historical and interpretive study of three aspects of Western esotericism from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times

Rene Guenon, René Guénon. 15 THE ILLUSION OF ' ORDINARY LIFE THE
MATERIALISTIC ATTITUDE , whether it be a question of explicit and formal
materialism or of a simple ' practical materialism , necessarily imposes on the
whole ...

The Reign of Quantity and the Signs of the Times

The Reign of Quantity gives a concise but comprehensive view of the present state of affairs in the world, as it appears from the point of view of the 'ancient wisdom', formerly common both to the East and to the West, but now almost entirely lost sight of. The author indicates with his fabled clarity and directness the precise nature of the modern deviation, and devotes special attention to the development of modern philosophy and science, and to the part played by them, with their accompanying notions of progress and evolution, in the formation of the industrial and democratic society which we now regard as 'normal'. Guénon sees history as a descent from Form (or Quality) toward Matter (or Quantity); but after the Reign of Quantity-modern materialism and the 'rise of the masses'-Guénon predicts a reign of 'inverted quality' just before the end of the age: the triumph of the 'counter-initiation', the kingdom of Antichrist. This text is considered the magnum opus among Guénon's texts of civilizational criticism, as is Symbols of Sacred Science among his studies on symbols and cosmology, and Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta among his more purely metaphysical works.

Insights Into Islamic Esoterism and Taoism

Rene Guenon, René Guénon S. D. Fohr ... There is the occasional naïvité and
expression of astonishment in the face of quite simple and elementary things , but
this , after all , seems to ... The first and longest part of the book is concerned with
life among the Bedouins , and is almost entirely descriptive , which is certainly not
 ...

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. A later article, 'Islamic Esoterism', has also been included, since it articulates so well 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 further insights into Islamic cosmology. Some may feel that the essay 'Taoism and Confucianism' here included has little relevance to Sufism and Islam. However, such writers as Toshihiko Izutsu and Sachiko Murata have drawn many parallels between the two traditions. Confucianism, concentrating on social and interpersonal norms, functions as a kind of shari'ah in the context of Chinese religion, while Taoism, like Sufism, is precisely the esoteric Way.

Symbols of Sacred Science

In this work, Guénon demonstrates the fundamental unity-across all cultures and ages-of the images with which the Absolute clothes itself in its cosmic self-revelation.

Symbols of Sacred Science

In Symbols of Sacred Science, Guénon, a master of precise, even 'mathematical' metaphysical exposition, reveals himself as a consummate exegete of myth and symbolism as well, superior in many ways to Mircea Eliade, and comparable perhaps only to his respected friend Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This extraordinary text unveils the cosmological meanings of root symbols organized under such general headings as: The Center of the World, Cyclic Manifestation, Symboic Weapons, Axial Symbolism and the Symbolsim of Passage, The Symbolism of Building, and The Symbolism of the Heart. Far more than a simple catalogue of myths and symbols from many traditions, Symbols of the Sacred Science lays the foundation for a universal esoteric symbology. In this work, Guénon demonstrates the fundamental unity-across all cultures and ages-of the images with which the Absolute clothes itself in its cosmic self-revelation.

Mountain Path

His father was a school headmaster , his mother one of those simple gentle -
women as loveable as she was unpractical . ... When still a schoolboy Arthur
wanted to become a farmer and used to spend a lot of his free time in their
garden ... and later professor but he rejected this career because he was seeking
a purpose and meaning to life and he realized ... A friend intro- was the
beginning of the quest from which duced him to René Guénon's early books . he
was never to turn aside ...

Mountain Path


The Jewelled Flower

The True Account of a Courageous Young Man's Life and Death by His Own
Hand ... and I have spent a good deal of the last two weeks together translating a
biography of René Guénon : The Simple Life of René Guénon by Paul
Chacornac .

The Jewelled Flower

This is a book about an intelligent, talented, well-educated, well-loved, handsome young man who killed himself at the age of twenty-six. Though he had been diagnosed as "mentally ill," as schizophrenic, and by one hospital as schizo-affective, and had had a very difficult two and one-half years since his "breakdown," going in and out of "sanity," I believe that during the month or so before he died, he was never more sane, and I believe that his decision to commit suicide was made with a clear and reasonable mind. I was with him a great deal during that time, and he was very communicative; that is why I believe this. The main reason I want this book to be published is to try to help other people who are caught in the same kind of problem, the individual who has the same dilemma, those who are dear to him and to whom he is dear. - p. xv.

Studies in Freemasonry and the Compagnonnage

René Guénon. EDITORIAL NOTE The Past CENTURY HAS Witnessed an
erosion of earlier cultural values as well as a blurring ... As early as the 1920s ,
the French metaphysician René Guénon ( 1886–1951 ) had diagnosed these
tendencies and ... His relation to Freemasonry , however , was far from simple ;
mostly before World War I , for example , he contributed ... though he continued to
review books on Masonry and refer to Masonic lore in his own works until the end
of his life .

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. 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.

Black Sun

Julius Evola, The Yoga of Power: Tantra, Shakti and the Secret Way, translated
by Guido Stucco (Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International, 1992), p. 16. 5. ...
2–12. 8. The best introduction to Guénon and his thought in English is Robin
Waterfield, René Guénon and the Future of the West: The Life and Writings of a
20th-Century Metaphysician (Wellingborough, U.K.: Aquarian Press, 1987). 9.
René ...

Black Sun

More than half a century after the defeat of Nazism and fascism, the far right is again challenging the liberal order of Western democracies. Radical movements are feeding on anxiety about economic globalization, affirmative action, and third-world immigration, flashpoint issues to many traditional groups in multicultural societies. A curious mixture of Aristocratic paganism, anti-Semitic demonology, Eastern philosophies and the occult is influencing populist antigovernment sentiment and helping to exploit the widespread fear that invisible elites are shaping world events. Black Sun examines the new neofascist ideology, showing how hate groups, militias and conspiracy cults attempt to gain influence. Based on interviews and extensive research into underground groups, Black Sun documents the new Nazi and fascist sects that have sprung up from the 1970s through the 1990s and examines the mentality and motivation of these far-right extremists. The result is a detailed, grounded portrait of the mythical and devotional aspects of Hitler cults among Aryan mystics, racist skinheads and Nazi satanists, Heavy Metal music fans, and in occult literature. Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke offers a unique perspective on far right neo-Nazism viewing it as a new form of Western religious heresy. He paints a frightening picture of a religion with its own relics, rituals, prophecies and an international sectarian following that could, under the proper conditions, gain political power and attempt to realize its dangerous millenarian fantasies.

Arab Observer

RENE GUENON René Guénon, who died on the 7th of January 1951, was
known in his country of adoption under the name of Sheikh Abdul Wahid Yéhia.
... one Oriental and one Western, which had to be reconciled, and still less that
there were metaphvsics pure and simple, ... He wanted to accomplish this without
betraying it, as he maintained Orientalists did, who translated a living truth as
from a dead ...

Arab Observer


Aries

One of the standard early biographies , La vie simple de René Guénon , written
by Guénon's publisher Paul Chacornac and published in Paris in 1958 , covers
Guénon's life up to his departure from France well , but is sketchy when dealing ...

Aries


Remembering in a World of Forgetting

Biography. of. William. Stoddart. William Stoddart was born in 1925 in the village
of Carstairs in southern Scotland. ... In an interview with Lynn Pollack (2003), he
recalled: “I was raised in a simple and elementary Protestantism (the Bible, God,
Christ, and prayer). ... In one of Coomaraswamy's books, he came across the
name of René Guénon and, having sensed that this was someone of significance
, ...

Remembering in a World of Forgetting

This book contains a wide-ranging selection of writings by perennialist author William Stoddart that expose the many false ideologies of postmodernism (forgetting) and call for a return to traditional religion, especially in its mystical dimensions (remembering).

Traditionalism

There is indeed something elusive and enigmatic about René Guénon the man .
He left a formidable legacy of writings which testify to his achievements as a
metaphysician but his personal life remains shrouded in obscurity . In France he
has ...

Traditionalism

"This book explains why no one engaged in religious and cultural studies can afford to disregard the urgent message of the traditionalists who have reminded a forgetful world - in a manner which can be ignored but not refuted - of those principles which everywhere and always remain true. It also demonstrates why any reassessment of contemporary values - now increasingly called into question - must take into account the profound traditionalist critique of the modern Western worldview."--BOOK JACKET.

Theosophy

It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.

Theosophy

Since the late nineteenth century, the Theosophical Society has been a central force in the movement now known as the New Age. Just as the Communist Party was considered 'old hat' by peace activists in the '60s, so the Theosophical Society was looked upon by many in the 'spiritual revolution' of those years as cranky, uninteresting, and passé. But the Society, like the Party, was always there, and-despite its relatively few members-always better organized than anybody else. Since then, the Society's influence has certainly not waned. It plays an important role in today's global interfaith movement, and, since the flowering of the New Age in the '70s, has established increasingly intimate ties with the global elites. And its various spinoffs, such as Elizabeth Clare Prophet's Summit Lighthouse, and Benjamin Crème's continuing attempt to lead a 'World Teacher Maitreya' onto the global stage-just as the Society tried to do in the last century with Krishnamurti-continue to send waves through the sea of 'alternative' spiritualities. Guénon shows how our popular ideas of karma and reincarnation actually owe more to Theosophy than to Hinduism or Buddhism, provides a clear picture of the charlatanry that was sometimes a part of the Society's modus operandi, and gives the early history of the Society's bid for political power, particularly its role as an agent of British imperialism in India. It is fitting that this work should finally appear in English just at this moment, when the influence of pseudo-esoteric spiritualities on global politics is probably greater than ever before in Western history.

Studies in Comparative Religion

We have only one concern — to express the impersonal and uncoloured Truth -
so that it will be useless to look for anything ... of René Guénon , for the simple
reason that nothing human is profound ; nor will there be found therein any '
living ...

Studies in Comparative Religion


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