quotes

With the back to the Bride

Most of these people spend their lives in mosques and zawiyas sitting beside the Divine bride (the Truth, al-haqîqa), but alas they sit with her back to back!

Muhammad at-Tâdilî (quoted in The Essential Titus Burckhardt)

Upton on hurricane-names

Consequently, we no longer know what men and women are, When hurricanes were named after women only, this represented a knowledge that stretched back to the beginning of the human race, a knowledge the Hindus designate by the word Shakti: the feminine, self-manifesting power of the Transcendent God. (The Hebrew Shekhina, the glory of God as revealed in the tent of the Tabernacle of the Temple at Jerusalem, carries the same basic idea, and is probably etymologically related.) Power appears in the form of vibration; light, sound, the waves of the sea, the cloud rippples in a mackeral sky. And so does Shakti. Every god in the Hindu pantheon (as well as the Egyptian and the Greek ones, and many others, under different names) was paired with his Skakti, his female consort. The English word “wife” is cognate with the word “vibrate, vibration,” with the German weib (woman), and also with “wave” […] But now we have things like “Hurricane Larry”; In the name of a meaningless and childish idea of “sexual equality,” as well as fear of anything even remotely suggesting romantic heterosexual love, we have unknowingly destroyed a profound symbol-system stretching back to the dawn of human history. And this is exactly what is to be expected at the tail-end of the Kali-Yuga: as polarity is a clear sign of the pralaya, the dissolution of the manifest world.

Charles Upton in “Folk Metaphysics” page 20/1

Remnants of Paganism

There are certainly many remnants of Paganism and folk magic in traditional English, Irish and Scottish ballads, […] and I wish the cultural historians, folklorists and mythographers all the luck in the world in their attempt to unearth and analyze these fragments. But I am not on the trail of the remnants of Paganism, but of what Paganism was when it was a living religious universe: not the bones of the ancestors, but something older, and deeper – and also newer: one more unique rendition of the sophia perennis, the perennial wisdom of the human race.
Charles Upton in Folk Metaphysics p. 129

The mystical truth

The mystical truth which is realized in the sage is virtual in the folk. If the folk are the field, the sage is the fruit of the tree which grows in the center of it, a fruit which, even as it takes its place in the eternal domain of God’s attributes, also cyclically returns to the fields from which it grew, via its seed, to propagate wisdom.

Charles Upton in Folk Metaphysics p. 54.

Remnants of the Primordial Tradition

So the Primordial Tradition mostly comes down to us through the religions of the world. But there are still remnants of this universal wisdom that come to us through other channels, some of them almost inconceivably ancient. In myth, folklore, folk songs, riddles, superstitions, hand gestures, jokes and dances, the way we nod “yes” and shake our heads “no”, great secrets are sometimes hidden […] certainly not in all of them, but definitely some of them.

Charles Upton in “Folk Metaphysics” p. 6, 7

The Primordial Tradition alone can’t save us

The Primordial Tradition alone can’t save us, it can’t be a Spiritual Path for us; only the true and revealed religions of the world can do that. The nourishing fruit of the Tree of Religion grows on the branches, not on the trunk. But the Primordial Tradition, the original story of the way things are, told in its original language, can let us see (God willing) deep, deep into those religions, all the way back to the Garden before the Fall.

Charles Upton in “Folk Metaphysics” p. 6

Secret Christianity

Knowing, my brother, your eager desire after that which is for the advantage of us all, I beg and beseech you not to communicate to any one of the Gentiles the books of my preachings which I sent to you, nor to any one of our own tribe before trial; but if any one has been proved and found worthy, then to commit them to him, after the manner in which Moses delivered his books to the Seventy who succeeded to his chair.
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In order, therefore, that the like may also happen to those among us as to these Seventy, give the books of my preachings to our brethren, with the like mystery of initiation, that they may indoctrinate those who wish to take part in teaching; for if it be not so done, our word of truth will be rent into many opinions.

The Letter of Peter to James

Gruesome Walhalla

Valhalla means the hall of the dead, we hear in it the same dark sound as in the word Hell, in origin it might be the terrifying place of the battlefield covered with corpses. Valkyries (Walkuren) are called the lovely maidens, who go mead pouring along the tables of the Einherjar, her name means: she who chooses the fallen, therefor the unearthly powers subservient to Odin, who in the battle decides who will fall and who will conquer. Behind this, however, stands an even bloodier idea: choosing originally signified “taste” and in Old English poetry, the word is used for eagles and ravens, who tear up the corpses on the slaughterfield…
From such gruesome performances gradually the image of the radiant Valhalla developed. A work of poets and seers, no doubt, with ever more glorious shine this immortal warriors’ hall was adorned. But it is also certainly an idea with actual faith in its roots. Around the Valhalla of Odin the resistance of the pagan faith is gathered in the last hour.

Jan de Vries in De Godsdienst der Germanen in De Godsdiensten ter Wereld (1947) part 2 p. 135.

The primordial tradition of the present Manvantara

As we have indicated elsewhere, this symbolism, of clearly Hyperborean origin, is one of the marks of the direct connection of the Celtic tradition to the primordial tradition of the present Manvantara, whatever other elements from earlier but already secondary and derivative traditions may have come to be added to this main current and as it were reabsorbed into it. What we mean here is that the Celtic tradition could in all probility be regarded as one of the ‘points of junction’ between the Atlantean tradition and the Hyperborean tradition, after the end of the secondary period during which the Atlantean tradition represented the predominant form and, as it were, the ‘substitute’ for the original centre which was already accessible to common humanity.

René Guenon in Symbols Of Sacred Science, p. 157

Your yearning

‎The sight of someone eating will not appease your hunger.
The spiritual experience of others cannot satisfy your yearning.

Traditional Sufi saying