The Symbolism of the Cross PDF/EPUB Ä of the Epub


  • Hardcover
  • 168 pages
  • The Symbolism of the Cross
  • René Guénon
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 0900588667

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The Symbolism of the CrossThe cross is mostly seen in its historical and redemptive importance, without a hint of a esoteric meaning Guenon rather than dismissing those interpretations makes it clear that one can have one if not multiple symbolic intrepretations of a symbol, without denying it s literal ones Sounding very much like Thomas Aquinas, he explains how the horizontal line of the cross represents the physical world of constant change and duality like a time line and how the vertical line is the Primordi The cross is mostly seen in its historical and redemptive importance, without a hint of a esoteric meaning Guenon rather than dismissing those interpretations makes it clear that one can have one if not multiple symbolic intrepretations of a symbol, without denying it s literal ones Sounding very much like Thomas Aquinas, he explains how the horizontal line of the cross represents the physical world of constant change and duality like a time line and how the vertical line is the Primordial state of being the static, eternal Now through which the manifested world flows out of It is the undifferentiated, quintessential, non localized One The unity behind the duality And together with both lines overlapping, is the union of humanity and divinity Guenon goes on to repeat the same unitive formula in all the spiritual traditions Atman and Brahamin, Macrocosom and Microcosm, Ying and Yang, Prakriti and Purusha, ect To justify his usage of different spiritual languages to communicate the same truth, he makes the critical distinction between synthesis and syncretism the later being the one to stay away from Guenons knowledge of hinduism, buddhism, taoism, pythagoreanism, Plato, Aristotle, hermeticism, kabbala, christianity and islam is so crystal, that he interchangeably uses different concepts from all of them to communicate his points A thing I m not qualified to judge is his apparent knowledge of mathematics, which he uses to discuse the many dimensions and modalities of different states of being and how they all issue forth from the horizontal cross I ll admit it got over my head at times However, whether one grasps his mathematical explanations of the cross or not, isn t essential What s important is not necessarily the information, but the number of comparisons made between all these seemingly different religions and philosophies This book should serve to make the union of all the religions or, the perrenial philosophy easier to see The cross is a symbol which in its various forms is met with almost everywhere, and from the most remote times it is therefore far from belonging peculiarly and exclusively to the Christian tradition as some might be tempted to believe It must even be stated that Christianity, at any rate in its outward and generally known aspect, seems to have somewhat lost sight of the symbolic character of the cross and come to regard it as no longer anything but the sign of a historical event Actually, these two viewpoints are in no wise mutually exclusive indeed the second is in a sense a consequence of the first but this way of looking at things is so strange to the great majority of people to day that it deserves dwelling on for a moment in order to avoid possible misunderstandings The fact is that people too often tend to think that if a symbolical meaning is admitted, the literal or historical sense must be rejected such a view can only result from unawareness of the law of correspondence which is the very foundation of all symbolism By virtue of this law, each thing, proceeding as it does from a metaphysical principle from which it derives all its reality, translates or expresses that principle in its own fashion and in accordance with its own order of existence, so that from one order to another all things are linked together and correspond in such a way as to contribute to the universal and total harmony, which, in the multiplicity of manifestation, can be likened to a reflection of the principial unity itself R G Alert Avant d aborder mes impressions sur ce livre, il est recommand de pouvoir en amont consulter ces trois livres Initiation la doctrine hindoue, Le roi du monde, et l homme et son devenir selon le Vedanta.L id e principale derri re le livre pourrait tre synth tis e une tude historique et tymologique du symbolisme spatiale en relation avec la croix Durant son expos Gu non se pare de ses connaissances ontologiques et math matiques pour mener bien l argumentation qu il tient Alert Avant d aborder mes impressions sur ce livre, il est recommand de pouvoir en amont consulter ces trois livres Initiation la doctrine hindoue, Le roi du monde, et l homme et son devenir selon le Vedanta.L id e principale derri re le livre pourrait tre synth tis e une tude historique et tymologique du symbolisme spatiale en relation avec la croix Durant son expos Gu non se pare de ses connaissances ontologiques et math matiques pour mener bien l argumentation qu il tient d fendant l volution de la croix partir de la religion primordiale A partir d une explication globale et g n rale de plusieurs notions de base notamment les tats de l tre, l homme universel al insan al kamil conform ment son approche d asseoir une compr hension consensuelle qui mane de plusieurs doctrines, il redressa le symbolisme derri re la croix et sa spatialit et son intersection avec le swastika et ses origines soup onn es hindoues qui sont apparues simultan ment en quelques pays nordiques.Suivant les faits historiques, surtout ceux issus de l histoire sacr e, et la loi de correspondance, le symbole repr sente une pluralit de sens qui ne s excluent pas, mais sont hi rarchiquement superpos s Cette hi rarchie n est en r alit due qu au fait que les symboles sont issus de principes et non l inverse, analogiquement, on ne peut extraire le moins que du plus, ainsi les symboles peuvent aller vers une manifestation plus inf rieure graduellement mais ne pourrait en aucun cas rebrousser chemin vers le sup rieur De ce fait ces sens symboliques s int grent en harmonie de synth se totale Cons quemment, le symbolisme est le langage le moins troitement limit que le langage ordinaire, et ce qui le rend particuli rement apte l expression et la communication de certaines v rit s, de sorte qu il constitue le langage initiatique par excellence, le v hicule indispensable de tout enseignement traditionnel.Dans une m me perspective de compl mentarit Gu non d montre la r solution des oppositions, qui elles apparaissent un niveau relativement inf rieur que le compl mentarisme de ces oppos es qui assume une conciliation en amont de cette opposition Et ce suivant le principe de reflet, le reflet du point le plus haut est le point plus bas L effacement de cette dualit d opposition, ou dans un niveau plus avanc compl mentarit s, ne s op re que dans un haut niveau d indiff renciation primordiale, en se fusionnant indissolublement devant l unit image d immutabilit principielle, moteur immobile Aristote, wei wou wei activit non agissante, Tchoung young invariable milieu Le Principe est toujours non agissant, cependant tout est fait par lui Tao te king Afin d en venir aux explications et expressions adjacentes de la croix, il fallait passer par l explication de l homme universel en tant qu tre ayant achev la transcendance et pl nitude durant la somme de ses tats d tre qui chevauchent entre manifest et non manifest , puisque l Existence ne peut tre tenue comme la seule Possibilit.Un expos exhaustif faisant allusion aux diff rents symbolismes centraux de diverses doctrines, analogiquement et simultan ment nonc s l arbre du milieu, le swastika, symbolisme de tissage, buisson ardent, yin yang,Le texte n en finit pas de notes de bas de pages e de citation de Matgioi, approchant ainsi plus pr cis ment les doctrines extr me orientale The title of this work is self explanatory Guenon does an excellent job expounding on the multitude of spiritual meanings that can be gleamed from the symbol of the cross Like his other works, he draws on the major spritual religious traditions and uses each one where appropriate to elucidate his pure metaphysics However, this is not comparative religion Guenon treats the symbols and teachings of the major religions as something akin to different articles of clothing covering one Truth I ga The title of this work is self explanatory Guenon does an excellent job expounding on the multitude of spiritual meanings that can be gleamed from the symbol of the cross Like his other works, he draws on the major spritual religious traditions and uses each one where appropriate to elucidate his pure metaphysics However, this is not comparative religion Guenon treats the symbols and teachings of the major religions as something akin to different articles of clothing covering one Truth I gave the book four stars because there are a few chapters that are quite inaccessible to anyone unfamiliar with advanced geometry Granted, Guenon wrote his works for an intellectual elite , however it would have been an immense help if he had included illustrations with some of his explanations on geometrical symbolism C i dintre voi folosi i ntr un fel sau altul acest simbol al crucii Este at t de prezent n vie ile tuturor, dar cei mai mul i dintre noi nu tim care e scopul sau sensul lui Tocmai acesta este rolul volumului de fa , de a suplini aceast lips de n elegere, de a crea o punte ntre esen a unei no iuni i modul n care se manifest Trebuie s avem mare grij s nu confund m o idee cu forma deteriorat i instabil prin care suntem capabili s o transpunem n plan fizic n ncercarea de a o C i dintre voi folosi i ntr un fel sau altul acest simbol al crucii Este at t de prezent n vie ile tuturor, dar cei mai mul i dintre noi nu tim care e scopul sau sensul lui Tocmai acesta este rolul volumului de fa , de a suplini aceast lips de n elegere, de a crea o punte ntre esen a unei no iuni i modul n care se manifest Trebuie s avem mare grij s nu confund m o idee cu forma deteriorat i instabil prin care suntem capabili s o transpunem n plan fizic n ncercarea de a o n elege, c ci cele mai grave erori metafizice provin din insuficienta n elegerea i interpretarea gre it a simbolurilor.Recenzia completa o puteti citit aici E er fikir, do ru ve yeterli oldu u l de, nesnenin do as ndan bir eyler payla rsa, bunun nedeni asl nda bizzat nesnenin fikrin do as ndan bir eyler payla mas d r. This is a profound book that requires a lot of thought.


About the Author: René Guénon

Ren Gu non 1886 1951 was a French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of sacred science,traditional studies, symbolism and initiation.French biography