Symbolism, Sacred Art, Metaphysics

Fundamental Symbols: The Universal Language of Sacred Science

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In this work, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols, drawn from traditions as far-ranging as the Greek, the Buddhist, the Druid, and the Islamic. This publication is one of the great literary events of this century, giving a new significance to so many of the objects, natural and man-made, with which we are inescapably surrounded in our daily lives.

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Product Description

This long awaited volume is presented here in English for the first time; and since it constitutes one of Guenon’s greatest works, its publication must be counted as one of the great literary events of this century. To glance at the chapter headings is to be impressed by the wealth and variety of the contents–The Science of Letters;Symbolic Weapons; The Wild Boar & the Bear; The Language of the Birds; The Bridge and the Rainbow– are but a few of the 76 chapters. A striking aspect of the book is that its gives a new significance to so many of the objects, natural and man made, with which we are inescapably surrounded in our daily life. Sensitive readers will be enriched by the immense perspective which is here offered them, both in time and space; and they will see the book above all as an introduction to the spiritual life, an introduction which fascinates and compels. For some souls it will open doors which no other key could unlock.

Reviews

René Guénon is without a doubt one of the colossal figures of this century whose fame only increases with the passing of days. 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. This extensive work has been a real labour of love for both the translator, who has spent a life-time in the study of Guenon's work, and the editor (Martin Lings), himself one of the foremost traditional authors and a master of English prose. This is a major addition to the English corpus of Guenon's works.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr