By Kocku von Stuckrad
A arguable factor of public debate through the fresh years, esotericism could be defined because the look for an absolute yet hidden wisdom that individuals declare to entry via mystical imaginative and prescient, the mediation of upper beings, or own event. In Western cultural historical past those claims usually ended in conflicts with extra validated sorts of scriptural religions and with reductionist interpretations in technological know-how and philosophy.
during this hugely readable ebook Kocku von Stuckrad describes the impression of esoteric currents from antiquity to the current and pursues the continuities and breaks in a practice that considerably prompted the formation of modernity. while Hermes Trismegistos unearths knowledge of an absolute caliber, the disclosing of hidden wisdom in Jewish Kabbalah is reworked via Christians, Renaissance thinkers converse of an 'eternal philosophy,' or whilst within the 'New Age' humans attempt to get involved with a resource of stronger understanding-in each case the dynamic of concealment and revelation is at stake and the methods this hidden wisdom could be made available for human interest.
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Others for concentration, it will not free you, the mind conceiving the law is bondage. Arrived at that, you will want deconcentration. Dissociation from all ideas but one is not release but imaginative fulfilment, or the fury of creation. Others again, that all things are emanations of the Divine Spirit, as rays from the Sun, hence the need of emancipation? Verily, things are of necessity through their conception and belief. Then let us destroy or change conception, and empty the belief. These and many other doctrines, are declared by me as the perpetuators of sin and illusion.
Yes! What you have ordained in your religiousness, is your very rack, imagined though it be! The prospect is not pleasant; you have taught yourself! It has become inborn and your body is sensitive. * * * * * Some praise the idea of Faith. To believe that they are Gods (or anything else) would make them such - proving by all they do, to be full of its non-belief, Better is it to admit incapacity or insignificance, than reinforce it by faith; since the superficial "protects" but does not change the vital.
The Kia which can be expressed by conceivable ideas, is not the eternal Kia, which bums up all belief - but is the archetype of "self," the slavery of mortality. *1 The unorthodox of the originable - a volant "sight," that conveys somehow by the incidental, that truth is somewhere. The Kia which can be vaguely expressed in words is the "Neither-Neither," the unmodified "I" in the sensation of omnipresence, the illumination symbolically transcribed in the sacred alphabet, and of which I am about to write.