Labyrinthos

Treatises

Meister Eckhart and the Knowledge of the Absolute

As it is well known, the esotericism of monotheisms expresses a wisdom by its nature limited to the knowledge of the non-Supreme. This aparavidyā uses the same language of the exterior theologians, often shrowded by eulogies and devotional formulas, to indicate a way of inner reintegration. This approach to a personal God is carried out through steps characterised by rituals performed with the body, the word and the mind. The way of pure knowledge beyond any action remains almost completely unknown due to the absence of a purely metaphysical magisterium. However, every now and then, exceptionally qualified personalities can stand out from the ranks of ordinary religion. These rare cases, although usually germinating from minor initiatic circles, rapidly obtain the perfect purification of the mind and ‘access’ a higher knowledge thanks to their natural inclinations. By virtue of their exceptionality, their literary production is more appreciable for the doctrinal contents rather than for exposing the relevant method. Certainly, one of the most prominent of these personalities is Meister Eckhart (1260-1328), author of passages of pure metaphysics which, as demonstrated by the following sound study by Marco Perini, are in many ways comparable to Śaṃkara’s Advaita. It is, indeed, symptomatic that precisely in Europe’s darkest hour, as far as the future of its medieval Tradition was concerned, the two greatest champions of Christian esotericism emerged: Eckhart representing the ars sacerdotalis, and Dante the ars regia. Both, to varying degrees, were subject to suspicion and fell under the eye of the Inquisition. It is truly astonishing how contemporary esotericists have overlooked Meister Eckhart and his works, which says a lot about their incompetence to understand true metaphysical doctrines; let alone that of those academic scholars who even considered him a precursor of Protestantism!

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Initiation and Method of Hesychasm

In some corners of the dark Labyrinth, which represents the history of Tradition in the West, there are little known gems of wisdom. In this section we begin to inform our Indian readers of these subjects, by which we are confident they will be pleasantly surprised. ​ We begin this short chapter on Hesychasm with the above quotation in order to confute the opinion of those who believe that this is nothing but a mere expression of Mysticism. It is in fact evident that Hesychasm is the esoterism of the Orthodox Church, addressed to an elite and distinct from the exterior religion of the faithful. ​ The Scripture presents an aspect to most people, even if they think they understand its meaning, and another to the person who has dedicated himself to continuous prayer, that keeps the thought of God always within himself, as if it were his own breath. (Saint Peter of Damascus, Philokalia)

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Iniziazione e Metodo dell’Esicasmo

In alcuni angoli dell’oscuro Labirinto, che rappresenta la storia della Tradizione in Occidente, si trovano gemme di sapienza poco note. In questa rubrica cominciamo a informarne i nostri lettori indiani che certamente ne saranno piacevolmente sorpresi. ​ Iniziamo il breve scritto dedicato all’esicasmo con questa citazione al fine di contraddire chi opina che con questa parola greca si voglia intendere un semplice misticismo. Eppure, è evidente che l’esicasmo è l’esoterismo della Chiesa Ortodossa, rivolto a una élite, ben distinto dalla religione esteriore della massa dei fedeli: ​ La Scrittura presenta un aspetto alla maggior parte delle persone, anche se pensano di capirne il significato, e un altro alla persona che si è dedicata alla preghiera continua, cioè, che mantiene il pensiero di Dio sempre dentro di sé, come se fosse il suo respiro. (San Pietro Damasceno, Philokalia)

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Посвящение и Исихазм

В некоторых уголках темного Лабиринта, который представляет историю Традиции на Западе, существуют малоизвестные жемчужины мудрости. В этом разделе мы будем рассказывать о них нашим индийским читателям, чем они, безусловно, будут приятно удивлены. ​ Начнем это короткое эссе, посвященное исихизму, с этой цитаты, имея как цель доказать обратное тем, кто утверждает, что под этим греческим словом понимается простой мистицизм. Однако очевидно, что исихазм – это эзотеризм Православной Церкви, обращенный к элите и далекий от внешней религии масс верующих: ​ Писание представляет один аспект большинству людей, даже если они думают, что понимают его смысл, и другой – человеку, посвятившему себя непрерывной молитве, то есть тому, кто всегда держит мысль о Боге в себе, как будто это его дыхание. (Святой Петр Дамаскин, Philokalia )

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