“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Ɯbermensch which would put Nietzsche to shame... The Vira - which is to say: the 'heroic' man of Tantrism - seeks to sever all bonds, to overcome all duality between good and evil, honor and shame, virtue and guilt. Tantrism is the supreme path of the absolute absence of law - of shvecchacarÄ«, a word meaning 'he whose law is his own will'." ― Julius Evola, The Path of Cinnabar.

“It is necessary to have “watchers” at hand who will bear witness to the values of Tradition in ever more uncompromising and firm ways, as the anti-traditional forces grow in strength. Even though these values cannot be achieved, it does not mean that they amount to mere “ideas.” These are measures…. Let people of our time talk about these things with condescension as if they were anachronistic and anti-historical; we know that this is an alibi for their defeat. Let us leave modern men to their “truths” and let us only be concerned about one thing: to keep standing amid a world of ruins.” ― Julius Evola, Revolt Against the Modern World: Politics, Religion, and Social Order in the Kali Yuga.

“We are born into this time and must bravely follow the path to the destined end. There is no other way. Our duty is to hold on to the lost position, without hope, without rescue, like that Roman soldier whose bones were found in front of a door in Pompeii, who died at his post during the eruption of Vesuvius because someone forgot to relieve him. That is greatness. That is what it means to be a thoroughbred. The honorable end is the one that can not be taken from a man.” ― Oswald Spengler, Man and Technics: A Contribution to a Philosophy of Life.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Autodidactica: The Teaching Company

I am completely addicted to The Teaching Company audio lectures. I cannot praise these highly enough. I've probably listened to at least 20 courses from this company and all of them were superb in every respect. Each course comes with a printed outline with recommended reading lists. Perfect for when your eyes are burned out from reading but your mind is still rolling and your ears still work. My favorite lecturer so far is Elizabeth Vandiver on classical studies, especially her courses on Greek Tragedy, Classical Mythology, Herodotus, The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Aeneid, and her lectures on Gilgamesh through St. Augustine in Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition. Another favorite is Foundations of Western Civilization I & II. I'm also working through 42 hours of The History of the United States that is excellent so far. Seriously: Five Stars!
LINK: http://www.teach12.com/teach12.asp

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