Introduction This first American edition of Édouard Schuré’s The Great Initiates marks another chapter in the eventful history of a remarkable book. According to a. Édouard Schuré and The Great Initiates. This first American edition of Édouard Schuré’s The Great Initiates marks another chapter in the eventful history of a. 9 Oct Édouard Schuré’s The Great Initiates: Theosophy, Text, Context, and Influence on the Visual Arts. Massimo Introvigne (UPS, Torino, Italy).

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In these pages one witnesses spiritual adventure of a depth and intensity rarely experienced by creative human beings, even in their most exalted moments.

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Orcun Seyrek rated it it was amazing Jun 05, The municipal library, standing in the heart of Florence, behind the Museum, on the banks of the Arno, not far from the Palazzio Vecchio which proudly erects its slender campanile, sentinel-like, above the elegant city — all this was a favorable setting for my meditations.

His penetration into the spiritual world involved a constant inner struggle, and the entire task of writing the book required ten years of strenuous work. In the dense darkness where the alarming materialism of our age wallows, it is no longer a matter of merely restoring the link between the visible and the invisible for individuals, but of demonstrating how fruitful is the working of the omnipotent Beyond in the history of all humanity.

Meditations on the Tarot Te. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. It is his constructive answer to “the stagnation, disgust and impotence” resulting from a one-sided view of life, a pernicious evil still at work in human affairs today.

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For it is one of those very cherished moments in the creative life schuree the artist when he meets someone who recognizes and knows that he is drawing what he says from spiritual vision I was certain that this man standing before me was to play an important role in my life. He saw in this Schurre of Eleusis the starting-point of true dramatic art.

The discovery of Wagner’s “music drama” Tristan and Isolde impressed him sufficiently to seek—and obtain—Wagner’s personal acquaintance. A Grief Observed C. It was as if I had found my Novum Organum.

The Great Initiates : A Study of the Secret History of Religions

In it, he describes the path allegedly followed by some of the ancient philosophers in search of profound esoteric knowledge, often called the ” initiation “, as describing the process of becoming a mystic master or spiritual healer. Common Worship Lectionary I can hardly express what inner satisfaction I felt when Steiner made this clear to me, and further, what encouragement I received inotiates continue the work I had been doing.

Alejandro rated it really liked it Jan 25, The first of these experiences occurred shortly after the death of his mother, when he and his father visited a resort in Alsace.

I could not escape the impression that he had met these figures again in the cathedral. No trivia or quizzes yet. Slowly and surely The Great Initiates continued on its way through the gloom, winning its success by its own strength. Book ratings by Goodreads.

The Great Initiates: A Study of the Secret History of Religions

Finally the moment came when the world of the spirit opened itself before his enraptured eyes. In that instant, cathedral, men, women — all his earthly surroundings — vanished, swallowed up in a heavenly influx. Compared with the record of many modern American bestsellers, these figures may not seem particularly impressive. Mystery of the Seven Vowels Joscelyn Godwin. With this object in view, the Science of the Spirit will strive to build up a synthesis of the sciences of physical observation by cultivating, through the discipline of initiation, the faculties of imagination, inspiration and intuition that are necessary for the perception of the soul and spiritual worlds.

In the autumn of came the news of the death of Margherita Albana Mignaty. As a young boy he experienced certain events which, as he described them many years later, “left traces upon my thoughts, to which my memory returns ever and again.

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Through his friendship with Rudolf Steiner, for the first time in his life he found himself in the physical presence of a man whose spiritual stature and insight were akin to those figures he had described in his book.

It reflects the inutiates and deeds of human beings of extraordinary stature: His accounts are at odds with the physical structure of the pyramid as revealed by contemporary archaeology and, speaking from personal experience as one who has visited the Great Pyramid and walked inside, I find very little in his account innitiates is plausible.

The strength which flows from searching into the souls of the Great Initiates has given him the daring and the freedom necessary to write such a courageous book as the one before us. We include the author of this book among those who boldly step forward into the dawn of this age. One afternoon he was sitting in a corner of the lofty gallery of the cathedral, gazing in deep absorption at the light streaming through a great rose window.

Waterbugs and Dragonflies Doris Stickney. These deeds can be recognized in the spiritual history of mankind, and this book traces the path from these deeds to the souls of the Illuminated themselves Jones Nja rated it it was amazing May 19, Online edition, NY annotated and with introduction by A. For, as Carlyle wrote, “Fantasy, being the organ of the Godlike, man thereby — though based, to all seeming, on the small Visible, — does nevertheless extend down into the infinite deeps of the Invisible, of which Invisible, indeed, his Life is properly the bodying.

This personality has the capacity to lift the reader to the horizon of eternal ideas, whose realization is the true history of mankind.