Fundamental Symbols: The Universal Language of Sacred Science

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In this work, probably the most significant in a modern Western language concerning symbolism, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols drawn from traditions as far apart as the Greek and the Buddhist, the Druid, and the Islamic.

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Overview

In this work, probably the most significant in a modern Western language concerning symbolism, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols drawn from traditions as far apart as the Greek and the Buddhist, the Druid, and the Islamic.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781870196116
  • Publisher: Fons Vitae of Kentucky, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Quinta Essentia series
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 339

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In his many metaphysical and spiritual texts, René Guénon has displayed extraordinary insight into the universality of the human experience.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Editor's Foreword
Traditional Symbolism and Some of Its General Applications
1 The Reform of the Modern Mentality 3
2 Spirit and Intellect 7
3 The Eternal Ideas 10
4 Word and Symbol 13
5 The Sacred Heart and the Legend of the Holy Grail 17
6 The Holy Grail 24
7 Tradition and the Unconscious 30
8 The Science of Letters ('Ilm al-huruf) 34
9 The Language of the Birds 39
Symbols of the Centre and of the World
10 The Idea of the Centre in the Traditions of Antiquity 45
11 Symbolic Flowers 54
12 The Triple Enclosure of the Druids 55
13 The Guardians of the Holy Land 59
14 The Land of the Sun 67
15 The Zodiac and the Cardinal Points 71
16 The Tetraktys and the Square of Four 74
17 A Hieroglyph of the Pole 78
18 The Black Heads 80
19 The Letter G and the Swastika 82
Symbols of Cyclic Manifestation
20 Some Aspects of the Symbolism of Janus 89
21 The Hieroglyph of Cancer 94
22 Seth 98
23 On the Significance of Carnivals 101
24 Some Aspects of the Symbolism of the Fish 105
25 The Mysteries of the Letter Nun 109
26 The Wild Boar and the Bear 113
Some Symbolic Weapons
27 Thunderbolts 121
28 Symbolic Weapons 124
29 The Sword of Islam (Sayf al-Islam) 128
30 The Symbolism of Horns 131
The Symbolism of the Forms of the Cosmos
31 The Cave and the Labyrinth 139
32 The Heart and the Cave 145
33 The Mountain and the Cave 148
34 The Heart and the World Egg 151
35 The Cave and the World Egg 153
36 The Exit from the Cave 156
37 The Solstitial Gates 159
38 The Symbolism of the Zodiac Among the Pythagoreans 162
39 The Solstitial Symbolism of Janus 166
40 Concerning the Two Saint Johns 168
The Symbolism of Building
41 The Symbolism of the Dome 175
42 The Dome and the Wheel 179
43 The Narrow Gate 182
44 The Octagon 184
45 The Cornerstone 187
46 'Lapsit exillis' 198
47 Al-Arkan 201
48 Gathering What Is Scattered 204
49 The Black and the White 207
50 Black Stone and Cubic Stone 209
51 Brute Stone, Hewn Stone 212
Axial Symbolism and Symbolism of Passage
52 Symbols of Analogy 217
53 The World Tree 220
54 The Tree and the Vajra 224
55 The Tree of Life and the Draught of Immortality 225
56 The Symbolism of the Ladder 228
57 The Eye of the Needle 231
58 Traversing the Waters 233
59 The Seven Rays and the Rainbow 235
60 Janua Coeli 239
61 Kala-mukha 242
62 Light and Rain 245
63 The Chain of the Worlds 249
64 The Roots of Plants 256
65 The Symbolism of the Bridge 260
66 The Bridge and the Rainbow 263
67 The Chain of Union 266
68 Frameworks and Labyrinths 268
69 The 'Sign of Four' 273
70 Bonds and Knots 276
The Symbolism of the Heart
71 The Radiating Heart and the Flaming Heart 283
72 Heart and Brain 287
73 The All-Seeing Eye 294
74 The Mustard Seed 296
75 The Ether in the Heart 302
76 The Divine City 308
List of Original Sources 313
The Books of Rene Guenon 314
Index 315
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