By Alain Daniélou
In Shiva and the Primordial Tradition, Alain Daniélou explores the connection among Shaivism and the Western global. Shaivite philosophy doesn't oppose theology, cosmology, and technology since it acknowledges that their universal target is to hunt to appreciate and clarify the character of the realm. within the Western global, the belief of bridging the divide among technology and faith is simply commencing to contact the perimeters of mainstream thought.
This infrequent selection of the overdue author’s writings, chosen and edited via Jean-Louis Gabin, includes numerous never-before-published articles and provides an in depth exam of the underpinnings of Shaivism. It presents an in-depth examine the various features of the Samkhya, the cosmologic doctrines of the Shaivite culture. Daniélou offers vital revelations on topics similar to the technology of goals, the function of poetry and sexuality within the sacred, the character of the nice Shankara, and the Shaivite impression at the Scythians and the Parthians (and via extension, the Hellenic international in general). delivering a resounding argument in prefer of the polytheistic technique, he explains that monotheism is simply the deification of individualism--the separation of humanity from nature--and that by means of acknowledging the sacred in every little thing, we will realize the imprint of the primordial tradition.
ALAIN DANIÉLOU (1907–1994) spent greater than fifteen years within the conventional society of India, utilizing merely the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and learning song and philosophy with eminent students. He used to be duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him strange entry to texts transmitted during the oral culture by myself. he's the writer or translator of greater than thirty books at the faith, historical past, and humanities of India and the Mediterranean, together with the total Kama Sutra, The Myths and Gods of India, and a short heritage of India.
JEAN-LOUIS GABIN, Ph.D., begun amassing and enhancing a number of the texts during this quantity in collaboration with Daniélou whereas he used to be nonetheless alive. he's engaged on an extra Ph.D. in Philosophy of faith and Indology at the topic “Tradition and Modernity within the works of Alain Daniélou.” He additionally has edited and released 5 posthumous collections of Alain Daniélou’s paintings in French in addition to serving as editor of the English variation of India: A Civilization of alterations.