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The Esoterism of Dante

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Especially since the Renaissance, some in Western Christendom have suspected that the deeper dimension of their tradition has somehow been lost, and have therefore sought to discover, or create, an 'esoteric' or 'initiatic' Christianity. In the middle of the nineteenth century two scholars, Gabriele Rossetti and Eugène Aroux, pointed to certain esoteric meanings in the wor ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published December 12th 2003 by Sophia Perennis et Universalis (first published 1925)
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Davide
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molto interessante. Contando che praticamente tutta la nostra attuale società italiana ha più o meno bene studiato la commedia questo commento aprirebbe gli occhi a molti sul vero intento di Dante...
L'avessi letto al liceo sarebbe stato più facile insistere con la prof sul simbolismo numerico dell'opera, era decisamente più letterata che cosciente del vero senso della commedia e del suo contesto
Aldo Minari
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
È un viaggio curioso e interessante, a cavallo tra la produzione dantesca e alla ricerca delle prove del suo interesse esoterico. Stimolante e fuori dalle righe.
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Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've just read it out of curiosity, as Dante's works do not interest me particularly.

Very interesting though to note the following :
"Such coincidences, extending to precise details, cannot be accidental, and we have many reasons for admitting that Dante was really inspired, to a considerable extent, by the writings of Muhyiddin [Ibn Arabi], but how could he have known of them ?"
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"De telles coïncidences, jusque dans des détails extrêmement précis, ne peuvent être accidentelles et nous avons bie
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Dina Kaidir Elsouly
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
One is left amazed at his 'insights' of Dante's esoterism. Read this as a companion to the Divine Comedy which I still am reading. I expect to keep coming back to this book during my read :)
Lorenzo Servile
Jul 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Molto interessante! Offre numerosi spunti di interpretazione all' opera di Dante e sottolinea le connessioni che legano molte culture così diverse in apparenza tra loro ma in fondo così simili.
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recommended book before reading Dante's work. easy to understand.
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René Guénon (1886-1951) was a French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of sacred science,traditional studies, symbolism and initiation.

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“L’initiation véritable étant une prise de possession consciente des états supérieurs, il est facile de comprendre qu’elle soit décrite symboliquement comme une ascension ou un « voyage céleste » ; mais on pourrait se demander pourquoi cette ascension doit être précédée d’une descente aux Enfers. Il y a à cela plusieurs raisons, que nous ne pourrions exposer complètement sans entrer dans de trop longs développements, qui nous entraîneraient bien loin du sujet spécial de notre présente étude ; nous dirons seulement ceci : d’une part, cette descente est comme une récapitulation des états qui précèdent logiquement l’état humain, qui en ont déterminé les conditions particulières, et qui doivent aussi participer à la « transformation » qui va s’accomplir ; d’autre part, elle permet la manifestation, suivant certaines modalités, des possibilités d’ordre inférieur que l’être porte encore en lui à l’état non développé, et qui doivent être épuisées par lui avant qu’il lui soit possible de parvenir à la réalisation de ses états supérieurs.” 0 likes
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