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Edouard Schuré -The Great Initiates - A Study of the Secret History of Religions

Edouard Schuré -The Great Initiates - A Study of the Secret History of Religions

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2THE GREAT INITIATES
 A Study of the Secret History of Religions
BY ÉDOUARD SCHURÉ
Translated from the French by Gloria Rasberry Introduction by Paul M. Allen
Authorized English Translation by permission of the Librairie AcadémiquePerrin, Paris, FranceThis book is published in France under the title
 Les Grands Initiés
THE GREAT INITIATES. Copyright © 1961 by Rudolf Steiner Publications, Inc. All rightsreserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced inany manner whatsoever without written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodiedin critical articles and reviews. For information addressHarper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 10 East53rd Street, New York, NY 10022. Published simultaneously in Canada by Fitzhenry & Whiteside,Limited, Toronto.The text of this book is printed on 100% recycled paper._________________________________________________________________________________
Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data
Schuré, Édouard, 1841-1929.The great initiates.Translation of Les grands initiés.Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Religions. I. Title.BL80.S33 1980 291 79-3597ISBN 0-06-067125-4_________________________________________________________________________________84 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3
 
3Dedicatedto the Memory of Margherita Albana Mignatyby The Author"The soul is the key to the Universe.""I am convinced that the day will come when psychologists, poets and philosophers will speak thesame language, and will understand one another."—Claude Bernard
These words were chosen by Édouard Schuré as the motto for the Introduction to the first Frenchedition of this book in 1889.
"Édouard Schuré speaks about the 'Great Illuminated,' the Great Initiates, who have looked deeplyinto the background of things, and from this background have given great impulses for the spiritualdevelopment ofmankind. He traces the great spiritual deeds of Rama, Krishna, Hermes, Pythagorasand Plato, in order to show the unification of all these impulses in Christ.... The light streaming fromSchuré's book enlightens those who wish to be firmly rooted in the spiritual sources from whichstrength and certainty for modern life can be drawn."-- Rudolf Steiner
The Great Initiates
presents the perennial wisdom to be found in the lives and accomplishments of figures of extraordinary stature. In the course of his investigations, Schuré covers such topics as themysterious dawn of pre-historic Europe • the Bhagavad Gita: India's dream of eternity • death andresurrection in ancient Egypt • the light of Osiris • esoteric wisdom of Moses • Orpheus and his lyre:a divinecosmogony • Pythagorean initiation, secrets of numbers, the divine Psyche • Plato: initiateand idealist • the Greek mysteries of Eleusis • the Essenes and their spiritual training • thesignificance of Christ in human evolution. The aliveness, the freshness, the excitement of discoverythat breathes through
The Great Initiates
well explains its continuing popularity after nearly three-quarters of a century. Born out of Schuré's deep experience and observation,
The Great Initiates
encompasses long centuries of life on earth and reflects the greatest search of all-- the quest for thespirit.

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