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Shiva and the Primordial Tradition: From the Tantras to the Science of Dreams

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An extensive examination of the underpinnings of the Shaivite Tradition

• Reveals the influence of Shaivism on the Western world

• Discusses Shaivism’s understanding of sacred sexuality

• Presents the connections between Vedic poetry and metaphysics

In Shiva and the Primordial Tradition, Alain Dani鬯u explores the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world. Shaivite philosophy does not oppose theology, cosmology, and science because it recognizes that their common aim is to seek to understand and explain the nature of the world. In the Western world, the idea of bridging the divide between science and religion is just beginning to touch the edges of mainstream thought.

This rare collection of the late author’s writings contains several never-before-published articles and offers an in-depth look at the many facets of the Samkhya, the cosmologic doctrines of the Shaivite tradition. Dani鬯u provides important revelations on subjects such as the science of dreams, the role of poetry and sexuality in the sacred, the personality of the great Shankara, and the Shaivite influence on the Scythians and the Parthians (and by extension, the Hellenic world in general). Providing a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach, he explains that monotheism is merely the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition.

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RELIGION / HINDUISMIn Shiva and the Primordial Tradition, Alain Danié lou explores the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world. Shaivite philosophy does not oppose theology, cosmology, and science because it recognizes that their common aim is to seek to understand and explain the nature of the world. In the Western world, the idea of bridging the divide between science and religion is just beginning to touch the edges of mainstream thought. This rare collection of the late author’ s writings, selected and edited by Jean-Louis Gabin, contains several never-before-published articles and offers an extensive examination of the underpinnings of Shaivism. It provides an in-depth look at the many facets of the Samkhya, the cosmologic doctrines of the Shaivite tradition. Danié lou provides important revelations on subjects such as the science of dreams, the role of poetry and sexuality in the sacred, the personality of the great Shankara, and the Shaivite influence on the Scythians and the Parthians (and by extension, the Hellenic world in general). Providing a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach, he explains that monotheism is merely the deification of ­ individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition. ALAIN DANIÉ LOU (1907– 1994) spent more than fifteen years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oraltradition alone. He is the author or translator of more than thirty books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including The Complete Kama Sutra, The Myths and Gods of India, and A Brief History of India. JEAN-LOUIS GABIN, Ph.D., began collecting and editing the various texts in this volume in collaboration with Danié lou while he was still alive. He is working on an additional Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Indology on the subject “ Tradition and Modernity in the works of Alain Danié lou.” He also has edited and published five posthumous collections of Alain Danié lou’ s work in French as well as serving as editor of the English edition of India: A Civilization of Differences.

Synopsis:

Exploring the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world, Alain Dani?lou provides a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach. He explains that monotheism is merely the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition.

About the Author

Alain Danielou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Alain Daniélou and the Discovery of the Divine

Editor’s Preface: The Ferryman’s Task of Alain Daniélou by Jean-Louis Gabin

Shaivite Cosmology and Polytheism

The Shaivite Revival from the Third to the Tenth Centuries c.e.

The Symbolism of the Linga

The Three Doors

Shaivism and Third Nature

Insights into Initiation

The Science of Dreams

Poetry and Metaphysics

The Cock

The Nature of Beauty According to the Samkhya

Music: The Language of the Gods

The Secret of the Tantras

Shaivism and the Primordial Tradition

Appendix: Light on Samkhya and Poetry by Jean-Louis Gabin

Notes

Origin of the Texts

Related Works by Alain Daniélou

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594771415
Author:
Danielou, Alain
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
With:
Gabin, Jean-Louis
Translator:
Hurry, Kenneth F.
Author:
Gabin, Jean-Louis
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Rituals
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Hinduism -- Rituals.
Subject:
Saivism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Subject:
INNER TRADITIONS OF INDIA;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE EAST;MYTHOLOGY/ANCIENT CULTURE;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS & HISTORY;PHILOSOPHY;RELIGION;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS;TANTRA;TANTRA/EASTERN RELIGIONS;DREAMS;DANIELOU;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN SPIRIT
Subject:
INNER TRADITIONS OF INDIA;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE EAST;MYTHOLOGY/ANCIENT CULTURE;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS & HISTORY;PHILOSOPHY;RELIGION;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS;TANTRA;TANTRA/EASTERN RELIGIONS;DREAMS;DANIELOU;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN SPIRIT
Subject:
INNER TRADITIONS OF INDIA;INNER TRADITIONS OF THE EAST;MYTHOLOGY/ANCIENT CULTURE;MYTHS;MYTHS, LEGENDS & HISTORY;PHILOSOPHY;RELIGION;SELF-TRANSFORMATION AND CONSCIOUSNESS;TANTRA;TANTRA/EASTERN RELIGIONS;DREAMS;DANIELOU;EASTERN PHILOSOPHY;EASTERN SPIRIT
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20061131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 8.26 oz

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"Synopsis" by , RELIGION / HINDUISMIn Shiva and the Primordial Tradition, Alain Danié lou explores the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world. Shaivite philosophy does not oppose theology, cosmology, and science because it recognizes that their common aim is to seek to understand and explain the nature of the world. In the Western world, the idea of bridging the divide between science and religion is just beginning to touch the edges of mainstream thought. This rare collection of the late author’ s writings, selected and edited by Jean-Louis Gabin, contains several never-before-published articles and offers an extensive examination of the underpinnings of Shaivism. It provides an in-depth look at the many facets of the Samkhya, the cosmologic doctrines of the Shaivite tradition. Danié lou provides important revelations on subjects such as the science of dreams, the role of poetry and sexuality in the sacred, the personality of the great Shankara, and the Shaivite influence on the Scythians and the Parthians (and by extension, the Hellenic world in general). Providing a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach, he explains that monotheism is merely the deification of ­ individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition. ALAIN DANIÉ LOU (1907– 1994) spent more than fifteen years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oraltradition alone. He is the author or translator of more than thirty books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including The Complete Kama Sutra, The Myths and Gods of India, and A Brief History of India. JEAN-LOUIS GABIN, Ph.D., began collecting and editing the various texts in this volume in collaboration with Danié lou while he was still alive. He is working on an additional Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Indology on the subject “ Tradition and Modernity in the works of Alain Danié lou.” He also has edited and published five posthumous collections of Alain Danié lou’ s work in French as well as serving as editor of the English edition of India: A Civilization of Differences.
"Synopsis" by , Exploring the relationship between Shaivism and the Western world, Alain Dani?lou provides a convincing argument in favor of the polytheistic approach. He explains that monotheism is merely the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by acknowledging the sacred in everything, we can recognize the imprint of the primordial tradition.
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