This is the complete text of “Rites and Symbols”, an essay by René Guénon, which If the fundamental identity of rites and symbols is more closely examined . In this work, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols, drawn from traditions as far-ranging as the Greek, the Buddhist, the. In this work, probably the most significant in a modern Western language concerning symbolism, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological.

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New Wallet Ayat Card: The Idea of the Centre in the Traditions of Antiquity 45 Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The immediate guenonn which results from these considerations is that as long as the being is not only in the human state but in any manifested state whatsoever, individual or supra-individual, there can be for him no real dif- ference between Spirit and Intellect, nor consequently between true spiritual- ity and true intellectuality.

We are well aware that the cup and the lance, or their equivalents, have had yet other significations in addition to those we mentioned, but with- out dwelling any further on this, we can say that all these significations, no matter how strange some of them may appear to modern eyes, are in perfect agreement among themselves and that in reality they express applications of the same principle to diverse orders, according to a law of correspondence on which is founded the harmonious multiplicity of meanings which are included in all symbolism.

The Holy Grail 25 that it represents. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Those who are aware of the fundamental unity of all traditions will not see any incompatibility whatsoever in this possibility. The Cornerstone This is why we can say, as we often have, that for us pure intellectuality and spirituality are ultimately synonymous. Still less should it be concluded that this meaning is absent from his writings, which would be an error comparable to that of attributing to the ancient alchemists preoccupations only of a material order, for the sole reason that they did not deem it appropriate to spell out fundametal that their science was in reality of a spiritual nature.


This reform of the modem mentality, with all that it implies, funfamental the restoration of true intellectuality and of traditional doctrine, which for us are inseparable from one another — this certainly is a considerable task. This is a major addition to the English corpus of Guenon’s work. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. The other figure above figure 8 often appears in a circular form: Is there not something contradictory here?

Do not the detractors of symbolism act precisely in this way? Much more could be said on this question, but no doubt we shall have some opportunities of returning to it later, gueonn and this is why we shall limit ourselves for the moment to no more than a brief indication of the last aspect of the symbolism of the Centre.

The Guardians of the Holy Land 59 It is quite impossible to fix any origin in time whatsoever for the use of this figuration, for fundamfntal is often to be found on prehistoric objects. The truth is that it was not always felt desirable to declare expressly that something else was involved, something which, on the contrary, it was precisely the function of the symbolism to veil; and if subsequently there were those who did declare it, this was above all in view of degeneration traceable to the fact that there were then men who, ignorant of the value of fundamfntal, understood everything literally and in an exclusively material sense.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Victory over the dragon has, as its immediate consequence, the conquest of immortality, which is represented by some object the approach to which is guarded by the dragon; and this conquest essentially implies the reintegration into the centre of the human state, that is, into the point where communication is established with the higher states of the being.

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On the same idea, see further The Great Triad, in particular ch. That is, strictly speaking, a complete rever- sal of the relationship of the Principle with manifestation, and it is too obvious to need further explanation.


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The serpent for example, and also the lion, can they not signify, as the case may be, both Christ and Satan? We recall, finally, what we have said on other occasions on the subject of wine as substitute for the Vedic soma and as symbol of hidden doctrine.

Fundamental symbols ; The Universal Language of Sacred Science

First of all, why wish to remain on the lowest level on the pretext that it is that of the greatest number, as if it were necessary always to consider quantity rather than quality? The invisible fire which is perpetually maintained there corresponds to the vital heat which resides in the heart. This appears to be implicit in the remarkable discoveries described in an anon- ymous work published recently, 1 some points of which may perhaps call for reservations for example, the interpretation of place names which are probably of quite recent origin ; but the essential part, with the supporting maps, could not be easily dismissed as pure fantasy.

There would seem to be no doubt that the origins of the Grail legend are to be attributed to the transmission of traditional initiatic elements from Druid- ism to Christianity.

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Let it be simply added that in the domain of the sacred the science of sciences is metaphysics which, in its highest reaches, is theology in the literal sense of a study of the nature of God. Symbolic Weapons