Shadow of the Rose
The Esoterism of the Romantic Tradition
Charles Upton: Human love has fallen on hard times; it has been ‘officially discredited.’ Even liberal humanitarianism is not what it used to be; how then can romantic love, which in its origins is essentially aristocratic (in Meister Eckhart’s sense when he said ‘the soul is an aristocrat’) find any place in today’s world? The truth is, it cannot. The world is too small for it. The place of romantic love is nowhere in this world; its place is in the human soul, whose own proper place is in the eternal self-knowledge of God.
Jennifer Doane Upton: The love of God is always secret. For most of us it is so secret that we are not even aware of it. All manifestations that appear around this love are false in a sense, and tend to mis-direct us. To look for the love of God itself within manifest conditions is always to go astray. We spend our time in the world being attracted to this and repulsed by that, and all the while we are blind to this one secret love.
Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE OUTWARD DIMENSION, by Charles Upton
Love in the Kali-Yuga—The Nine Mirrors of Romance—On Courtesy—Chivalry, East and West—The Knights Templars and the Holy Grail—The End of Romance—To My Wife
PART TWO: THE INWARD DIMENSION, by Jennifer Doane Upton
High Romance and the Spiritual Path—Divine Beauty: A Meditation—A Fable—I: Another Life—II: Flood of Death—III: The People of Paradise—IV: Mansions of Love—V: Young Man—VI: The Meeting—VII: Three Views of Paradise—Reflections on St. Xenia of St. Petersburg—On Love and Wisdom—The Stones of Men—The Mountains—The Call—The Massacre—The Meeting with God—The Return—The Rain in the Desert—Speech and Silence