By Algis Uzdavinys, John F. Finamore
The traditional Philosophy, in its unique Orphico-Pythagorean and Platonic shape, isn't easily a lifestyle according to the divine or human mind (nous), but additionally the way in which of alchemical transformation and mystical illumination accomplished via initiatic "death" and next recovery on the point of divine mild. As a way of religious reintegration and unification, historic philosophy is inseparable from the hieratic rites.
"This extraordinary booklet reintroduces us to a Platonism lengthy forgotten within the West. In a passionate travel de strength of scholarship and perception, Algis Uzdavinys argues that philosophy was a mystagogic ceremony of initiation transmitted by means of the nice Neoplatonic lecturers from Plotinus to Damascius. Uzdavinys's vast scholarship not just attracts profound connections among Platonic philosophy, theurgy, and the traditional Egyptian knowledge that Platonists stated as their resource, he additionally attracts illuminating parallels among theurgy and Indian Tantra. His enraptured prose leads us into the non-dual imaginative and prescient of the later Platonists the place every one people is invited to turn into a hyperlink within the Golden Chain that extends from heaven to earth." -- Gregory Shaw, Stonehill university, writer of Theurgy and the Soul