Sorcerers And Warriors: The Initiatic Journey In Chinese Mythology

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Chinese mythology, folk tales and fables are mostly unknown to the West. However this indigenous folklore combines not only unique philosophical and artistic traditions, but informs much modern Chinese popular art, from movies to video games. Here we present two tales, well-known throughout the greater Orient, both having multiple variants yet all holding to a […]

Are Muscles Useless?

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic might describe his physical body as essentially “useless.” And “useless” is not the way we want to be described. “The protestant work ethic” — so […]

Mysticism And Martial Arts: Three Forgotten Schools

The Zurkheaneh, an Iranian martial ants and athletic club that dates back to Zoroastrian Persia.

In contrast to our modern belief, since time immemorial spirituality and mysticism have coexisted with, and have been an intimate part of, the arts of war. Mithraism, the cult of the Roman centurion (adopted and adapted from the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism) appears to have had both strong militaristic and Gnostic elements. The Hindu Bhagavad […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]

The Spiritual Warrior and the Dharma Way

According to the Bhagavad Gita, it is on the battlefield that Krishna (Lord of the Universe) teaches the eternal truth (Sanatana Dharma), and reveals his omnipotent form, to his disciple Arjuna. Again, we are told that Krishna his brother Balarama defeated the powerful wrestlers sent, by King Kamsa of Mathura, to kill them. Early stories about the Buddha […]

My Path to Sanatana Dharma: Angel Millar

“All men dream,” said T. E. Lawrence, “but not equally.” Artistic, introspective and questioning, even as a child it was clear to those around me that I was, in Lawrence’s terminology, a “dreamer of the day.” I disliked what I regarded as the shallow materialism and trivial ways people interacted in the West. But above […]

The Higher Man in the modern world: a short survival guide

Can the Higher Man participate in the modern world, elevating his surroundings and giving those around him a glimpse of the transcendental even as he participates in worldly affairs? This is the question that confronts us today with so many spiritual people living in modern cities, with their fast pace of life and often superficial […]

Toward a Holistic Politics

Although a relatively obscure thinker in the English-speaking world, it is to the German theorist Oswald Spengler that we must look to find the influence on much of the political thought of the West. Huntington’s “clash of civilization” thesis is Spenglarian, as is Walter Laquer’s Last Days of Europe: Epitaph for an Old Continent and […]