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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Joan of Arc and other great figures of French history, the poetry of Shelley, the magic of Merlin, and repeatedly on the work of Richard Wagner. This personality has the capacity to lift the reader to the horizon of eternal ideas, whose realization is the true history of mankind.

In that instant, cathedral, men, women — edokard his earthly surroundings — vanished, swallowed up in a heavenly influx.

Édouard Schuré

Through his friendship with Rudolf Steiner, for hte 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. Common Worship Lectionary There, in the hush of the crypt, the majesty of the great nave, the glory of the music, the awe-inspiring mystery of the service, the holy calm of the candle-flames, the wreathing fragrance of incense smoke ascending into the dimness, he felt a kind of inner satisfaction, echure longing fulfilled.

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The Great Initiates: A Study of the Secret History of Religions by Édouard Schuré

Just This Richard Rohr. People who bought this also bought. Nevertheless, after a short time, subsequent editions multiplied and kept increasing from year to year. Something of the spirit of the great mystics, Meister Eckhart and Johannes Tauler, whose lives were connected with this place, touched the soul of the boy, and he felt the transforming peace of the Friends of God of Strasbourg.


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 According to a recent report, since its first publication in Paris in it has gone through new editions. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Francesco Napolitano.

Édouard Schuré and The Great Initiates

He also influenced Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev. Then, as we were going out, he related to me wonderful things about John, about the Gospel of St. It is said that this or that must be hidden from man because with his understanding he cannot penetrate beyond a certain point. Christianity as Mystical Fact Rudolf Steiner. Published December 1st by Steiner Books first published But such a person will also see the dawning of a new age of spirituality.

A Grief Observed C. Norse Mythology Charles Kovacs. Only the certainty of the immortal soul can form a solid basis for earthly life, and only the concord of the great religions, brought about by a return to their common Source of inspiration, can secure the brotherhood of peoples and the future of mankind.

This idea is none other than a clear and determined reconciliation between science and religion, whose dualism has sapped the foundations of our civilization, and threatens us with the worst catastrophes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

It reflects the lives and deeds of human beings of extraordinary stature: The beauty of the Venus di Milo, of Dionysus, of the wounded Amazon, penetrated deeply into the boy, awakening in him a love and appreciation for the world of ancient Greece, which was to play so significant a role in his later work.

He did not describe; he saw the objects and happenings, and made them visible in such a way that those cosmic events appeared to one like real objects on the physical plane.

The Archangel Michael Rudolf Steiner. He is shown to be the manifestation of the divine Word through man.


I was filled with the impulse to trace the connection between the revelation of Eleusis and that of the Christ. Looking for beautiful books? It is a protest against what he called “a false idea of truth and progress” current in his time, and in ours as well. Whoever observes this clearly will not question the transitory necessity of materialism. Trivia About The Edourad Initiat A Study of the Secret History of Religions 4.

This aliveness, this freshness, this excitement of discovery which breathes through The Great Initiates may well explain its continuing popularity after nearly three-quarters of a century. Of course I could not say where I had got all this and why it was so and not otherwise. Moral, Believing Animals Christian Smith. Feb 14, Bruce rated it it was ok. Opcja Benedykta Rod Dreher.

One day, lost in the labyrinth of the mysteries contained in the pages of Plato and Porphyry, Iamblichus and Apuleius, my inner vision suddenly extended its bounds beyond the horizon. A personality speaks through this book, penetrating with intuitive eyes into the activity of the soul powers which embody themselves in man. Once one has scgure confidence in such a widening of the human capacities for knowledge, he has already entered upon the path, at the end of which stand the Great Initiates.

It reflects the lives and deeds of human beings of extraordinary stature: Sir Scbure George Frazer. He observed that “Art and literature have lost the sense of the divine.

Things that seemed unknowable enter into the realm of knowledge when man unfolds his capacities for knowledge which slumber within him. In this book he expressed his love for music and poetry, which had been enhanced by his personal acquaintance with Richard Wagner, then living in Munich.