Culture, Meaning, and The Metaphysics of Ancient Memory

Ancient peoples regarded memory as divine or supernatural.  Memory is thoroughly bound up in Antiquity with the Cult of the Dead, whose constituency cries out for commemoration.  In ten-thousand-year-old Çatal Hüyük in Central Anatolia the dwellers lived in apartments built over the sepulchers of their ancestors.  The past – in the form of the dead […]

Against Transcendence: Where Progressive Education Goes Wrong

Modern education, taking it as an exemplary modern institution, fails, as we have seen, because it rudely repudiates the past and arrogantly proposes only to think forwards without first mastering the prerequisite skill of thinking, and therefore also of understanding, backwards.  The essential fact about thinking backwards is that, before the subject begins his movement […]

Women of the Revolution: The Female Image in Revolutionary Propaganda

The woman warrior and the female image — sometimes mythological — have long played a significant role in stirring men to action, both in ancient tribal society and the modern era. The ancient Norse, for example, believed that the Valvyrie (choosers of the slain) decided which warriors were to live, and which were to dies, […]

Neo-Vedanta and Modern Distortions

In the modern marketplace of ersatz New Age spirituality perhaps no other area of Eastern teachings have been homogenized and infected with the virus of modernity as have the subtle teachings of the gnostic Indian sage Ramana Maharshi. It is a common occurrence to see Ramana’s esoteric teachings taken vastly and dramatically out of context […]

The Jedi, Mythology, and the Training of a Spiritual Warrior

[The following is part II of an article adapted from The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, published by Arktos. Part I can be found here.] So What Exactly is a Jedi? In summary: we learn from Lucas’s films that a Jedi seeks harmony with the Force, with the essence of all that is. To tap […]

The Jedi, the Hindu Kshatriya, and The Birth of the Spiritual Warrior

[The article below has been adapted from The Jedi in the Lotus by Steven J. Rosen, published by Arktos. In part II, Rosen will explore the guru/student relationship and the training of the archetypal spiritual warrior. Here the author examines the qualities of the spiritual warrior, according to ancient Hinduism, and his place in society.] The Jedi […]