Studies in Hinduism
Studies in Hinduism consists of articles published posthumously, to which has been added a separate study, Eastern Metaphysics, the text of a lecture delivered at the Sorbonne. In this work Guénon completes his presentation of Hindu metaphysics, which he considered the most primordial and comprehensive body of spiritual teaching possessed by the human race, one capable of throwing light upon and illuminating the essence of every other Tradition. Of special interest are three chapters on various aspects of tantra—a doctrine profoundly misunderstood in the contemporary West—which Hindu authorities consider the spirituality most appropriate to the Kali Yuga, as well as a chapter on the sanatana dharma, the Hindu concept closest to the ancient and medieval Christian idea of the philosophia perennis, which led St Augustine to declare that Christianity has always existed, but only came to be so called after the coming of Christ. Included are extensive reviews of books on Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo Ghose, Rabindranath Tagore, Mircea Eliade, Paul Brunton, and others, as well as 40 pages of reviews of books and articles by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. Leading Indian thinkers have called Guenon the most authentic expositor of Hindu metaphysics in any Western language.
Table of Contents
Atma-Gita—The Spirit of India—Kundalini Yoga—The Hindu Theory of the Five Elements—Dharma—Varna—Tantrism and Magic—The Fifth Veda—Nama-Rupa—Maya—Sanatana Dharma—Eastern Metaphysics—Reviews of Books and Articles—Buddhist Index—Sanskrit Index
The Collected Works of René Guénon brings together the writings of one of the greatest prophets of our time, whose voice is even more important today than when he was alive.
Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions
No living writer in modern Europe is more significant than René Guénon, whose task it has been to expound the universal metaphysical tradition that has been the essential foundation of every past culture, and which represents the indispensable basis for any civilization deserving to be so called.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, author of The Dance of Shiva
In Guénon's work is to be found one of the most important restatements of the doctrinal aspect of the sacred in modern times.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Knowledge and the Sacred