“The so-called 'Left-Hand Path' - that of Kaulas, Siddhas and Viras - combines the... Tantric worldview with a doctrine of the Übermensch 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 shvecchacarī, 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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

How to Read a Book by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf

Anyone who knows me knows that my most recommended (and handed out as gift) book is HOW TO READ A BOOK by Adler and VanDoren. This is an excellent long 2-part lecture series on the book by Islamic scholar Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. If you are interested in this material but dismiss this because the lecturer is Muslim; consider yourself mentally handicapped.



TheManchild said...

Fantastic! Upon originally reading your recommendation a few years ago, I picked up the book and have gone through it several times. It has been instrumental in helping me to better understand material on all levels of difficulty while using the methods described within. I have not met anyone else who gave the book more than a passing glance, and that is a real shame. Thank you for posting these videos.

Eiruamun said...

I must say, this lecture has intrigued me very much. I have just ordered the Adler and VanDoren book and will probably get another for an interested friend (also a Cosmodromium fan). I'm looking forward to reading! Now that I know better to what 'reading' means..