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Introduction to Vedanta, Part II
The Katha Upanishad

Yama, the Vedic god of death

4,058 words

Part I here, Part III here, Part IV here

The Katha Upanishad tells the story of a boy named Nachiketa whose father, Vajasravasa, decides to curry the favor of the gods by giving away his possessions. However, it seems that he was rather selective in what he gave up, only parting with things that were now useless to him. Nachiketa, who is quite pious, sees through his father’s insincerity: “What merit is there,” the boy asks, “in giving away cows that are too old to give milk?” This question, from a mere child, wounds Vajasravasa’s pride. Foolishly, Nachiketa persists: “To whom will you offer me?” he asks. Vajasravasa ignores the question at first, but when Nachiketa repeats it his father answers angrily, “To death I give you!”  Read more …

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Introduction to Vedanta, Part I
The Isha Upanishad

Lord Vishnu as Vishvarupa, illustrating the three realms: heaven (head to belly), earth (groin), and underworld (legs). Painting c. 1800-50, Jaipur.

2,774 words

Part II here, Part III here, Part IV here

In this series of self-contained essays, I will offer an introduction to Vedanta, the philosophy of the Upanishads, through brief commentaries on individual Upanishads. These essays are geared toward individuals drawn to the path of Traditionalism – and especially the Left-Hand Path of Evolian Traditionalism.They place Vedanta in the context of Tradition. Further, they make clear the relevance of this path for those of us who are not just in revolt against the modern world, but who wish to live the ideal of “self-overcoming” –  an ideal for all ages. Read more …

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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part Two

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Part 2 of 2. Part 1 here.

Partings II – Watts and The Church Today: Real Presence or Real Estate?

Watts was quite successful in his attempt to express the religio perennis in the language of Christian theology; not just in my opinion today, but among his Episcopal peers at the time (one bishop even called it “the most important book on religion in this century”[1]), Read more …

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Re-Kindling Alan Watts, Part One

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Part 1 of 2

Alan W. Watts
Behold the Spirit: A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion
New York: Pantheon, 1947; reissued with a new Preface, 1971
Kindle, 2016

“For God is not niggardly in his self-revelation; he exposes himself right before our eyes.” — Alan Watts Read more …

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The Hatred Born on Sinai:
Jan Assmann’s Moses the Egyptian

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Translations: French, SlovakSpanish

Jan Assmann
Moses the Egyptian: The Memory of Egypt in Western Monotheism
Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997

When I first read Jan Assmann’s Moses the Egyptian in June of 1997, it was a life-changing experience. Moses the Egyptian belongs to the rarest genre of academic books: the bold and exciting ones.  Read more …

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D. H. Lawrence on Idealism & Evil

B.J.O. Nordfeldt, "D. H. Lawrence and the Three Fates"

B. J. O. Nordfeldt, “D. H. Lawrence and the Three Fates”

4,086 words

The Origin of Evil

D. H. Lawrence believed in the reality of evil, but he believed that its source lay in the human soul. “Abstraction is the only evil,” he wrote.[1] By abstraction he does not refer to the process of making generalizations or forming concepts. Instead, he means the tendency of human beings to abstract themselves from feeling, from intuition, from nature, and from the present. Abstraction is fundamentally evil, for Lawrence, because it makes most of humanity’s crimes possible.  Read more …

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Vedanta, Meister Eckhart, Schelling

Friedrich Schelling, 1775–1854

Friedrich Schelling, 1775–1854

3,778 words

Translation anonymous, edited by Greg Johnson

Editor’s Note:

The following essay was originally published in English in East and West, vol. 9, nos. 2 & 3 (1960): 182–86. This is chapter 18 of Julius Evola, East and West: Comparative Studies in Pursuit of Tradition, ed. Greg Johnson, forthcoming from Counter-Currents in the summer of 2013.

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The Concept of Initiation

Great Eleusis Frieze, Eleusis Museum, Greece, late 5th c. BCE

Great Eleusis Frieze, Eleusis Museum, Greece, late 5th c. BCE

9,609 words

Translated by Bruno Cariou

It is not easy, today, to give an exact idea of what is meant by Initiation and to define the figure of the ‘Initiate’. The main difficulty lies in the necessity of referring to a vision of the world and man, and to structures, which belong essentially to traditional civilisations, distant from the present one, not only from the modern mentality and culture, but also, to a large extent, from the religion which has come to predominate in the West.

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Keith Preston Interviews Tia Foster

60:13 minutes / 135 words

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Les dieux sont encore là :
Une réponse au livre de Collin Cleary : Summoning the Gods

2,111 words

English original here

« Le problème avec nos païens occidentaux modernes, c’est qu’ils ne croient pas vraiment en leurs dieux, ils croient seulement croire en eux. » (Cleary, Summoning the Gods, 21). Read more …

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The Gods are Still Here:
A Response to Collin Cleary’s Summoning the Gods

1,995 words

French translation here

“The problem with our modern, Western pagans is that they do not genuinely believe in their gods, they merely believe in believing in them” (Cleary, Summoning the Gods, 21). Read more …

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My Education, Part II

7,812 words

Editor’s Note:

What follows are selections from Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 4, “My Education, II (1910–1916).” Read more …

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Connaître les dieux

7,634 words

1. Une fausse connaissance

Il y a aujourd’hui ceux qui souhaitent faire revenir l’humanité (ou une portion de l’humanité) à une foi plus ancienne, préchrétienne. Read more …

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Introduction au livre de Collin Cleary: Summoning the Gods [L’appel aux dieux]

2,903 words

English original here

Collin Cleary – l’énigmatique sage de Sandpoint, dans l’Idaho – surgit sur la scène intellectuelle il y a presque dix ans, avec la publication du premier volume du journal TYR: Myth—Culture—Tradition. Read more …

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Introduction to Collin Cleary’s Summoning the Gods

Franz von Stuck, "Orpheus"

2,654 words

French translation here

Collin Cleary—the enigmatic sage of Sandpoint, Idaho—burst onto the intellectual scene almost ten years ago, with the publication of the first volume of the journal TYR: Myth—Culture—Tradition. Along with Joshua Buckley and Michael Moynihan, Cleary was one of the founding editors of TYR, having a hand in all aspects of the first volume and contributing three substantial articles and several reviews. Read more …

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Memories of Orage, Gurdjieff, & Ouspensky

Alfred Richard Orage, 1873–1934

3,252 words

Editor’s Note:

The following is from Anthony M. Ludovici, Confessions of an Anti-Feminist: The Autobiography of Anthony M. Ludovici, ed. John V. Day, ch. 4, “My Education, Part II.” (The opening sentence comes from ch. 3, “My Education, Part I.”) The book remains unpublished, but we hope to raise funds to finally bring it into print.

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Youth, Beats, & Right-Wing Anarchists,
Part 1: A Sympathetic Critique of the Beat Rebellion

4,766 words

Jack Kerouac

Translated by Bruno Cariou

Part 1 of 2

Editor’s Note:

The following essay, written in 1968, and published in Evola’s volume L’Arco e la Clava (The Bow and the Club, 1968), falls naturally into two parts. The first is Evola’s sympathetic critique of the youth rebellion of the 1950s and the 1960s, with a focus on the Beatniks.

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The View from Hippie Hill

2,575 words

A number of years ago I went through a long period of depression, and when I found myself coming out the other end of it, I developed an interest in “Eastern Philosophy.”

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