- Series: Collected Works of Rene Guenon
- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Sophia Perennis; Revised edition (August 11, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0900588659
- ISBN-13: 978-0900588655
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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The Symbolism of the Cross Revised Edition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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"The Collected Works of René Guénon brings together the writings of one of the greatest prophets of our time, whose voice is even more important today than when he was alive." --Huston Smith, author of The Worlds Religions, etc.
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Briefly, the upper axis of the cross is shown to be the spiritual axis. This is the divine ray of emanation from the Source, it is the connection to the higher Self, the direction of divine attraction in spiritual evolution, the "will of heaven", and the connection between all possible worlds.
The horizontal axis is shown to be the created world, the plane of earthly life and existance, the stage on which the individual ego operates.
The intersection of the two axes is where "heaven and earth" meet. This is the point of divine influence. This is also the goal of the seeker, for to find this center is to merge your will with the will of heaven and obtain perfect harmony and"effortless action."
Guenon demonstrates in detail the parallels of this model with that of the Cross of Christ, the World Tree, the Sephirotic Tree, the Net of Brahma, the Neoplatonic system of heavenly spheres, the Hermetic macrocosm and microcosm, the Hindu Gunas, the Taoist Yin-Yang, as well as many other cross-cultural relationships.
This study fits perfectly into the rest of the great edifice of Guenon's other work on the perennial wisdom. Numerous footnotes show one where to refer to his other books for further elaboration of various concepts.
This book is a real eye opener and one that is both refreshing and remarkable.