Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines

René Guénon February 05, 2020

Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines René Guénon Ren Gu non s Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines can serve as an introduction to all his later works especially those which, like Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta, The Symbolism of the Cross, The Multiple States of the Being, and Studies in Hinduism, expound the profound aspects of metaphysical doctrines in greater detail In Part I Guenon clearRen Gu non s Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines can serve as an introduction to all his later works especially those which, like Man and His Becoming according to the Vedanta, The Symbolism of the Cross, The Multiple States of the Being, and Studies in Hinduism, expound the profound aspects of metaphysical doctrines in greater detail In Part I Guenon clears away certain ingrained prejudices inherited from the Renaissance , with its adulation of the Greco Roman culture and its compensating depreciation both deliberate and instinctive of other civilizations In Part II he establishes the fundamental distinctions between various modes of thought and brings out the real nature of metaphysical or universal knowledge an understanding of which is the first condition for the personal realization of that Knowledge which partakes of the Absolute Words like religion , philosophy , symbolism , mysticism , and superstition , are here given a precise meaning Part III presents a detailed examination of the Hindu doctrine and its applications at different levels, leading up to the Vedanta, which constitutes its metaphysical essence Lastly, Part IV resumes the task of clearing away current misconceptions, but is this time concerned not with the West itself, but with distortions of the Hindu doctrines that have arisen as a result of attempts to read into them, or to graft onto them, modern Western conceptions The concluding chapter lays down the essential conditions for any genuine understanding between East and West, which can only come through the work of those who have attained, at least in some degree, to the realization of wisdom uncreate that intellective, suprarational knowledge called in the East jana, and in the West gnosis.

Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines René Guénon

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