Action and Contemplation in Dante’s Divine Comedy

Titus Burckhardt, in his essay “Because Dante Was Right,” argues that one of the main themes of the Commedia is “the reciprocal relationship between knowledge and will.” Knowledge of the eternal truths is potentially present in the human spirit or intellect, but its unfolding is directly conditioned by the will, … Continue reading

Men of Fine Disposition

If the primordial tradition is necessarily monotheistic, why does polytheism makes its appearance? Again, polytheism, properly understood, is compatible with monotheism provided the understanding of Principle is kept in mind. Furthermore, these periods of early history that seem to be polytheistic are still quite far from the prehistory of the … Continue reading

Decadent Monotheism, Decadent Paganism

As Cologero explained in recent post, the simple packaging of “paganism” as a replacement for the decayed Christianity we have in the West today represents no possible positive development. Where the Neopagan reacts to the ‘life-denying’ forms of Christianity with a crazed-Dionysianism differs little from the reaction that has come … Continue reading

Vedanta and Western Tradition

Lacking nothing, contemplative, immortal, self-originated, sufficed with a quintessence: he who knows that constant, ageless, and ever-youthful Spirit, knows himself and does not fear death. ~ Shankara In his important but little read essay, The Vedanta and Western Tradition, A. K. Coomaraswamy points the way for Europeans to come to … Continue reading

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