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Fundamental Symbols: The Universal Language of Sacred Science

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Fundamental Symbols
The Universal Language of Sacred Science
René Guénon
33 diagrams
339 pp.
ISBN 1870196112


René Guénon is without a doubt one of the colossal figures of this century whose fame only increases with the passing of days. In this work, probably the most significant in a modern Western language concerning symbolism, Guénon deals with the metaphysical and cosmological meaning of symbols drawn from traditions as far apart as the Greek and the Buddhist, the Druid and the Islamic.
This publication is one of the great literary events of this century. To glance at the chapter headings is to be impressed by the wealth and variety of the contents – The Science of Letters; Symbolic Weapons; The Wild Boar & the Bear; The Language of the Birds; The Bridge and the Rainbow are but a few of the 76 chapters.
A striking aspect of the book is that it gives a new significance to so many of the objects, natural and man-made, with which we are inescapably surrounded in our daily lives.

René Guénon or ’Abd al-Wâhid Yahyâ (November 15, 1886 – January 7, 1951) was a French author and intellectual who remains an influential figure in the domain of metaphysics, having written on topics ranging from metaphysics, sacred science and traditional studies to symbolism and initiation.

In his writings, he proposes either "to expose directly some aspects of Eastern metaphysical doctrines", these doctrines being defined by him as of "universal character" or "to adapt these same doctrines [for western readers] while keeping strictly faithful to their spirit"; he only endorsed the function of "handing down" those Eastern doctrines, while stating their "non-individual character".

His works, written and first published in French, have been translated into more than twenty languages.*
* Wikipedia contributors, "René Guénon," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ren%C3%A9_Gu%C3%A9non&oldid=315228610 (accessed September 21, 2009).