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Rediscovering the source

Author(s): Kathleen Raine
Source: India International Centre Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 2/3 (SUMMER/MONSOON 1998),
pp. 37-49
Published by: India International Centre
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128 on Sat. These have been the necessary foundations of civilizations in the past.100. therefore. to offer our readers this inspiring paper which appears as the Editorial of the Temenos Academy Review. many of whom have close personal links with Temenos and with Dr. and must be so in the future.jstor. music. the True and the Beautiful. sculpture. As the language of the Imagination (the vision of the spiritual order) the arts 37 This content downloaded from 142. Welcome back and may we say 'thank you' with the opening line of the Isa Upanishad: 3S> ^ii ^ I "gSsftaT TTT ip: I I ? I I Behold the universe in the glory of God: and all that lives and moves on earth. architecture or the We hold that theof true purpose of called the arts—whether humbler everyday crafts—is to give expression to a vision the spiritual order. The last and thirteenth issue had appeared in 1992. We are happy.org/terms . reproduced in substance ivith minor amendments. (Tr. Spring 1998. and in the six years that ivent by. the voice of Temenos ivas truly missed. by Plato the Good.3. not least among the readers of the India International Centre Quarterly. painting. Kathleen Raine Rediscovering the source We greet the return of Temenos. 1. nozv revived as Temenos Academy Review. Juan Mascaro) —Editor poetry. Kathleen Raine. with sincere pleasure. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about.

and our one national prophet. Spiritual realities are not seen as essential knowledge. Modern science has explored the physical universe in its greatest and its smallest parts. calls the body 'the garment. in whose absence the soul is starved of her proper food. a materialist civilization cannot create. according to Plato. For all our material power we are a spiritually destitute and imaginatively illiterate society. for science knows only the measurable. 'Man shall not live by bread alone. according to Blake. The European Platonic tradition and Christendom also held. that this ground is mind. A profession unknown to This content downloaded from 142. This view is at one with the Vedic teaching of a divine Self.38 / India International Centre Quarterly are essential to human societies. Yet the impressive structure of science rests on a premise which is itself an act of faith—the belief that a material universe outside mind and thought is the ground of 'reality'. A society uninspired by the vision of higher worlds is the true metaphysical hell. but as an optional extra to science. 'Imagination'. but can only diminish or demolish.128 on Sat. is intellect. the 'Divine Humanity'—the 'God within' and 'inner light' of the Quakers and other Protestant mystics. But of love and wisdom. No wonder if our society is sick. all those values and meanings of which the world's great civilizations have been the flower. the popular orthodoxy of our time. William Blake. for hell is by defini tion the absence of God. that man is a spiritual being. A hell it remains even when provided with every amenity and luxury. for healing and destruction.' Lacking the vision of this spiritual source. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. life itself—described in Sanskrit as Sat-Chit Ananda. not the man'.100. but by every word of God. not least in the most 'advanced' and affluent country in the world. science can tell us nothing. Being-Consciousness-Bliss.jstor. Material science describes only the phenomenal world. Other civilizations have had other premises. the USA. spirit. The Oriental philosophies—which to this day continue in many forms to inspire multitudes—hold. 'The true man'. and in claiming that this world is the whole of reality disregards infinite regions of immeasurable being.org/terms . gaining knowledge which has empowered humankind with seemingly unlimited possibilities for good and ill.3. on the contrary. present in all and throughout the universe. joy and sorrow. for multiplying goods of all kinds or of bringing to an end the life of our planet. since the human kingdom as such is the very spiritual order materialism denies. until undermined by the materialist ideologies of the last three centuries.

an attempt to cure souls whose malady is the values and beliefs of our civilization itself. per sons and events. the Romantic poets. Elizabethan England. and the Irish 'renaissance' of this century. it is as a child of my time. but in retrospect can we not see an irresistible current of change. the American Transcenden talists. has been the nourishment of architects. Freemasons and other theosophical fellowships. but in reality have formed part of a historic change. I see my life as a series of doors opening. as I have wound in that 'golden string' that leads us all by different routes to the place Blake called 'Heaven's Gate'. shared by my generation. the Platonic mainstream. felt themselves at home and secure in their world without property They were aware at all times of a living Presence by which they were known and upheld. the Bushmen of Africa. through which I have passed. At times the current has flowed underground.100.org/terms . Yet the 'perennial philosophy'. The details must vary. It was my own experiences and spiritual wanderings as part of these momentous changes that led me to believe that a Review dedicated to perennial values (and later an Academy that taught these values) was something to be worked and fought for. or through which others have entered. It seems fitting that Temenos should pay tribute to those through whom the knowledge has come to us. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. Out of these wanderings Temenos was born.3. so does the malady Laurens van der Post has told us how the most primitive people in the world.128 on Sat. flowing at times within. the place of arrival of every pilgrimage. from the unquestioned materialism of the first half of this century to the spiritual rediscovery which is manifesting itself in many forms today? We may have felt ourselves alone. This content downloaded from 142.jstor. at times outside Chris tendom. And as those values and beliefs overspread the world. Of meanings and values they could have told us more than the most prestigious scien tific institutes of the civilization that has destroyed them. may have become buried or obscured but has never been quite extinguished. influenced by ideas and ideologies. a necessary reversal of the premises of a civilization that has no more light to give. In Europe. poets. speaking also for my contemporaries. Kathleen Raine / 39 our ancestors flourishes: psychotherapy. If I speak for myself. as the ageless tradition of spiritual knowledge has come to be called. through such esoteric groups as the Rosicrucians. Incredibly rich has been my life's journey in learning and unlearning alike. painters and musicians. sending up springs and fountains which have nourished the imaginative life of the Italian Renaissance.

in nature and in poetry. I owe the inexhaustible treasures I have inherited. To the living and to the dead. the word 'tradition' signifies a process in time. from Fra Angelico to the Chinese landscape painters of the Sung dynasty. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. who have borne witness to the vision of 'eternal things displayed'. and Yeats's early poems. an ever present reality to which generations have borne witness in the world's sacred scriptures. I gleefully discarded that (to me) lifeless Christianity with its insistence on historical fact rather than spiritual understanding. My father's Christian faith was for him living truth. became familiar to me in the King James version— one of England's national treasures.jstor. First (as for us all) my parents.org/terms . as a girl at college in Newcastle.B. known and unknown. now being thoughtlessly thrown away. This content downloaded from 142. As a student of Natural Sciences at Cambridge in the twenties I found myself in the mainstream of my time. by which the memories of the generations are conserved and studied and passed on. For the laws of the spiritual worlds are no less immutable than the 'laws of nature' (which is in reality the world of change and impermanence) and to these every spiritual tradition has borne witness. Though to me the services I attended on Wednesday evenings and twice on Sundays were irksome. yet in retrospect I am grateful because the words of the Jewish Bible .40 / India International Centre Quarterly however devious the way we have followed. and the Christian New Testament. 'tradition' is timeless. to Samuel Palmer and to my contemporaries Cecil Collins and David Jones. materialist orthodoxy generated by the prestigious Cavendish Laboratory and the scientific research taking place in so many fields at the time.100. To my mother I owe beauty. De la Mare. In terms of history. in all 'inspired' works from the cave-paintings of Altamira to those of Ajanta.3. All tell of Imaginative vision. seen in terms of their own here-and-now in the ever-moving present in which we live. Long afterwards.128 on Sat. learned of 'theosophy' from a wonderful fellow student from Ceylon: a secret she never shared with my father but imparted to me—a seed sown from my mother's desire for a richer knowledge which the circumstances of her life never enabled her to realize. Gibran's The Prophet. and embraced with zeal the atheist. my contemporary and friend J. but as under stood in terms of spiritual knowledge. inherited from his Methodist forebears. And my mother had. Her memory was stored with Milton and Shelley and the ballads of Scotland—her inheritance—to which she herself had added Poe and Tagore's Gitanjali.

Modem Man in Search of a Soul. Eliot's The Waste Land.jstor. means little to spiritual seekers today. in a television interview. Before the publication of Geoffrey Keynes's Nonesuch edition of Blake's complete works in 1925. but it takes forty to get over it. Coomaraswamy used to say 'It takes four years to acquire the best University education.' Yet I am grateful to have received the full impact of an ideology which I have been able to outgrow only because I acquired it in the first place. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. Kathleen Raine / 41 Bronowski gave a popular television series. Belief. I am grateful too for having in some measure been privileged to see into the awe-inspiring wonders of the natural world as these reveal themselves through microscope and telescope. do you believe in God?' gave a reply which seems to sum up our century as Descartes' cogito ergo sum did the 'enlightened' eighteenth: Jung's reply was 'I don't believe. Jung. Blake too is a voice heard for the first time by many of my generation. A materialist. his long Prophetic Books remained This content downloaded from 142. It was later that Jung. who demand not creeds but living experience. so long—perhaps still—the basis of Christian faith. Jung: the title of a book we all read.K.S. But the atheist materialism that science generated was a cold and loveless world. I know'. 'the first and the last': a door opening from a lifeless to a living universe. and in the beautiful panorama of living forms. Although my work on Blake has been my special field of study.H. in which I recognized unchanged the voice of that long-ago Cambridge which I had by then left so far behind me.org/terms . 'Dr. Freud opened the next door (I speak still as a child of my time).3. these being irrelevant to the detachment proper to scientific observation and experiment. by the intro duction of the divine principle and purpose into the process of evolu tion from Alpha to Omega. whose work The Phenomenon of Man transformed the Darwinian theory. Freud nevertheless changed and widened the conscious ness of a generation by revealing regions beyond the common daily mind. 'The Ascent of Man'. Then came C.G.100. not a formula. a poem in which my generation for the first time recognized the world into which we had come. offering no place for the values of the heart. D. Were we really in search of something science had convinced us was superfluous? The lesson was driven home by T. A.128 on Sat. when asked. Lawrence's words remain with me: 'Knowledge is an experience.' Another tributary was Teilhard de Chardin. brought home to us our predicament: we had somewhere in all this lost our souls.

still less that this was the context in which Blake is to be understood. However. endowed by Paul and Mary Mellon in gratitude to Jung for the door he had opened for them. But the book I wrote was not the work I had proposed. Through Herbert Read I was awarded a Bollingen Fellowship to pursue my work on Blake. In reality none of us had any conception of the traditional knowledge to which Blake gave such luminous new expression.B. for example. Maynard and Geoffrey Keynes were figures at the heart of the Cambridge of my time. and the oracular world of dreams which he made accessible to the modern world. Most of us (myself included) were unaware that such a tradition of 'excluded knowledge' even existed. Tracks in the Snoiu. wrote a book on Blake in the context of the Industrial Revolution from which his much more sub versive refutations of materialism are altogether absent.100. nor was I the first to perceive the relationship. the anima. few knew Plato. edited by Edwin J. Before beginning my imagined book explaining Blake from the structure of that This content downloaded from 142. there was clearly something here which challenged our understanding. Herbert Read. still less Swedenborg and Jacob Boehme or the Hermetica. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. and Blake was also much read by many who would have rejected his spiritual message but for his revolutionary politics. Ellis and the young W.42 / India International Centre Quarterly unpublished. Yeats. which includes a chapter on books Blake was known to have read. at a time when Marxism was making its first inroads. fewer Plotinus and the Neoplatonists. My friend the poet Ruthven Todd. J. Bronowski. at that time working with Geoffrey Keynes. I was en couraged by that most generous of men to young poets and artists. had written an excellent work of scholarship. a view given credence by Eliot.3. The common view at the time was that Blake was an ignorant engraver who was 'inspired' but had little knowledge of a formal kind. I was not alone in reading Blake's obscure mythology in the light of Jung's account of the structure of the human psyche with its four 'functions'. In the enthusiasm of my youthful ignorance I decided to write a book 'explaining' Blake in terms of Jungian psychology.org/terms . but for John Sampson's Oxford edition of the Poetical works in 1905 and the Quaritch edition of 1892.jstor.B. who compared Blake's meagre learning to what he called 'odds and ends about the house' from which Blake had constructed a 'system'. who was himself interested in Jungian psychology and who was the English representative of the Bollingen Foundation.128 on Sat. Several such books have since been written.

org/terms . the mythologies of the world (as then available) from Zoroaster to the Eddas. On the contrary. of which Platonism is the European mainstream. In 1961 I was invited to give the Andrew Mellon lectures in Washington DC. I found myself on a battlefield with bullets whizzing past me. from the educa tion I had received) of whose very existence I had been ignorant.jstor. I was to discover. in the words of Thomas Taylor the Platonist (an early friend of Blake's). but that 'unanimous and universal tradition'. the Her metica. and realized that I had challenged the very premises of university orthodoxy. besides the writings of Swedenborg. that is. Aristotle and his Neoplatonic followers. Blake's reading comprised. as Blake had done. Plato and Plotinus together with the entire corpus of the Neoplatonic writings. Taylor was the first translator into English of the complete works of Plato. how many of my generation found themselves entering by the This content downloaded from 142. was the key to unlock the final door.128 on Sat. Much work and many discoveries followed. I discovered. From this time my task was clear: I enlisted 'under the banner of Plotinus'. another view of man and the nature of reality. Jacob Bryant's New System of Mythology. Here was the mainstream of civilization from which English culture of the last three centuries had been cut off. Not psychology. Kathleen Raine / 43 'unconscious' of which he was more than usually aware.3. Others among my contemporaries have reached the same rever sal of premises by other routes—although to many Blake has been (as he was to me) not a 'subject' but a 'master'. and all those predecessors. And at some stage on the way.100. This for me was the turning-point at which I at last discovered the great body of excluded knowledge (excluded. I was still exploring a world strange to me but I did expect my work to be welcomed by scholars. and realized that nothing less was at stake than the turning of the tide of a materialist civilization in the name of another universe of knowledge. from the Kabbalah to Moore's Hindoo Pantheon and the Bhagavad Gita. Boehme and Paracelsus. and Thomas Taylor. to which Thomas Taylor summoned the 'young men of the new age' in the year 1789. I was beginning to discover the extent of my ignorance and to set out on my long journey of discovery of that perennial wisdom which is 'coeval'. 'with the Universe itself'. but which proved to be nothing less than the canon of what I have since called 'the learning of the Imagination'. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. Stukeley's work on Avebury and Stonehenge. I realized that I must read the supposedly few books he was known to have read.

scrutinized us thoughtfully. where books were not for sale except to those deemed worthy of possessing them. Watkins had opened that door under the auspices of H. moon and stars.100. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. These are to be found in all mythologies and symbolic systems.jstor. in a rich inner world. whose photograph in the back room. That golden string Blake puts into our hands with words of such deceptive simplicity—'Only wind it into a ball'—is. the Hermetica and the rest: members of esoteric societies. sun. indebted more to people than to books.44 / India International Centre Quarterly door of Watkins' Bookshop in Cecil Court. lamp and This content downloaded from 142. Above all she saw her task as prayer. an exceedingly long one. There are also symbolic images which are universal—light and darkness. the language of the perennial wisdom is (with variations of dialect) common to all who learn its basic principles. as if the work of a single mind working through many minds. not 'about'.org/terms . members of religious Orders. committed followers of some Oriental or theosophical school.128 on Sat. true fountain of all sacred traditions.P. poor and obscure. following the advice of a Chinese sage to 'keep your life hidden'. There. lived. Porphyry. cup and sword. curious in the findings of spiritualism. And to 'young Mr Watkins'—Nigel Watkins—I am indebted for my most treasured books and for much re-education. but was learned in both Christian and Oriental mystical literature by way of the reading room of the British Museum. seekers for wisdom who wished 'to know in order to serve'. as many have discovered. and all those branches of knowledge that earned Yeats such ridicule from his ignorant contemporaries. In those days there was an intelligent reading public who read the books of the world's wisdom in order to learn 'from'. At the same time it is without breaks. well and fountain. eagle and dove and swan. She was also an astrologer. a form of knowledge meaningless in terms of materialist values. A friend to whom I owe much more than I appreciated at the time was Gay Taylor. adept with the Tarot cards. who after a stormy youth. together with many human artefacts. Plotinus. at that time a veritable university of that excluded knowledge not taught in our schools and universities. as Michael Robartes told his adepti in A Vision. clouds and mountains. Few of his buyers were academics. And in this too I am surely like all other travellers on the Way of spiritual knowledge. She had not been to any university. a mystic. Blavatsky. Whereas the recorded facts of history have to be learned anew for every period. was the place to look for Yeats.3. for spiritual knowledge is one and universal. lion and lamb. John M.

Yeats. scanned the entire horizon of these mental worlds and the knowledge then available of which he has left a record in A Vision. Meanwhile my friend Philip Sherrard (one of the four co founders of Temenos) had come by a different path to a clear under standing of sacred tradition through the writings of the French metaphysician Rene Guenon. Yeats was also long and actively engaged in psychical research. Guenon. he studied Kabbalah. As a member of the Magical Order of the Golden Dawn.jstor.128 on Sat. and the symbolic emblems. the twenty-two Trumps of the Tarot. Guenon radically challenged the values of Western materialism which (in the title of one of his books) he called The Reign of Quantity. showed to be. I soon discovered that of the two ways of learning—by amassing information or by extending the range of perception—the second is much the more difficult. I discovered that my work on Blake had inevitably led me to the study of his first editor and greatest disciple.100. their reality is not to be denied. I also participated in psychical research at the College of Psychic Science. quite the reverse. in clear and abrasive tones. Through all these studies. Yeats. from the spiritual standpoint.org/terms . For the followers of this 'Traditional' school I have much respect—but my own journey was by This content downloaded from 142. Kathleen Raine / 45 ring and tower and bridge and many more. and those of his successor Frithjof Schuon. were translated into English by the Tibetan traveller and Buddhist Marco Pallis. to whom Philip introduced me. incurred the ridicule of his younger contemporaries because of his esoteric studies. but the landscape. besides mental exer cises to extend the range of memory and little used powers of the mind. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. Yeats and his fellow-adepti —understood that symbols are a language of the 'deeps of the mind' which concern poets above all and are the instruments of their art. not indeed the highest spiritual realities. Many of Guenon's works. for whatever these phenomena prove or do not prove. Yeats. of our inner worlds. beyond question the most learned in this universal cosmic language of any initiate in this century. then (and probably now) confidently dis missed as 'hocus-pocus' (the word is George Orwell's).3. and at the same time I had studied with a Society itself a successor of the Golden Dawn. in the course of his lifetime. In his journal Etudes Traditionelles and in his books appearing during four decades from the twenties to the fifties. Astrology. so to say. All these are the aspects of mental realties of our universe. What in terms of materialism was held to be an onward and upward 'progress' towards Utopia.

No ecstasy in social realism! Another door that stood open and through which a number of my friends passed—notably David Gascoyne—was Surrealism. Guenon and Schuon and Martin Lings fol lowers of Islam. still less of my own involvement in the writing of verse. that he loved to 'throw'). Tambimuttu. His one sig nificant poem is an 'Ode to Saraswati'. My own path has been that of poetry.) While the Oxford poets—Auden and Spender and their group— were committing themselves to left-wing politics.J. it happened that A. and was known to the rout of poets who were his followers as the 'Prince of Fitzrovia'. the imaginatio vera. Coomaraswamy was the uncle of my first publisher. through Blake and the Romantic poets. Yeats and India. of the divine vina. associated with Guenon. Corbin coined the word 'imaginal' to signify knowledge of the Imagination which.100. I had the privilege of meeting Henry Corbin at two of the Eranos Conferences in which I participated. as I see it.jstor. much loved Dionysiac publisher of the review Poetry London during and after the Second World War. was also an early friend of Yeats. Tambi looked for only one thing— Imagination. the great Ismaeli scholar. but the aes thetician of the Traditional school. ('The Fitzroy' was a pub in Soho frequented by this devotee of the sacred intoxica tion.K. Yet one more tributary of that great mainstream was 'Tambi'. Coomaraswamy. What Tambi was in fact contributing to my ignorant generation was a first experience of India. is that the Traditional school insists on adherence to one or other of the 'revealed' religions. far from being 'imaginary' in the sense of unreal or fictitious. 'I love ecstasy'. Marco was a Buddhist. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. and he confirmed my understanding of Blake's Imagina tion as corresponding to the Sufi alam al mithal. through Jung and Henry Corbin. A. Thomas Taylor the Platonist.org/terms . goddess of music and wisdom.128 on Sat.46 / India International Centre Quarterly another path. is a perception of higher worlds reflected in the human psyche. The difference. So far I have made no mention of poetry. of the living Imagination of which both Blake and Corbin were exponents. dense with cigarette smoke. Ananda is for the Vedic tradition an aspect of Being itself. Tambi came to London from Ceylon with the dream of conquering the London poetry world. M. In the mingling and interweaving of currents and cross-currents. Philip a Greek Orthodox Christian. There was no connection between Guenon and Corbin.K. a French contribution to the exploration of hitherto unvisited regions of This content downloaded from 142.3. the imaginatio vera. I remember his words (he used to dance the dance of the Lord Shiva at those great parties.

whose guest I was later to be on many occasions in Italy. and its flirtation with Stalin.3. a magical way of living. in a vain attempt to win the official approval of the Communist Party. Surrealism was a product of the irrational. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about.100. if only briefly. David Gascoyne was expelled by the Surrealists because in his poem Ecce Homo he had portrayed Jesus as 'Christ of revolution and of poetry': religion was banned from the movement. patron of the arts and of artists. Through them I was to meet Helen Sutherland. and from long-ago Cambridge Humphrey Jennings who used to declaim from Blake's Jerusalem the passage which begins. At her house at Cockley Moor I met. besides opening the mind to the unexpected illuminations produced by automatic writing and the 'irrational' generation of images and words. Of this reversal we are now seeing many manifestations. But it was an intoxicating. besides David Jones and Winifred Nicholson.org/terms . a Human Awful Wonder of God!' I pay homage to Malcolm Lowry. If I were to name all the friends who have travelled through the world with me. I was a slow learner. Kathleen Raine / 47 the mind. and had much to unlearn. by an expectant imagination ready to find symbolic meanings and messages in every encounter in daily life: Andre Breton would stroll in Paris giving roses to beautiful chance comers. was discreditable. In the last war Janet and Michael Roberts rescued me and my children. This content downloaded from 142. yet I believe I was a part of—and have played my part in—the turning of the tide of materialist ignorance which has characterized Western culture for so long. and I believe that. the list would be long. David Gascoyne and Vernon Watkins. to whom I am indebted for love and for wisdom. Such were some of the doors of initiation that opened my way. Edwin and Willa Muir. and yet it is from people more than from books that we learn and to whom we pass on what we ourselves have learned and experienced. Its declaring itself au service de la revolution.jstor. Winifred Nicholson and Cecil Collins. Surrealism surely changed our lifeless way of receiving the world.128 on Sat. To name only fellow-artists who have expressed this vision. David Jones. of which Temenos is one. supreme novelist of the Imagination. inviting me to share a house with them in Penrith—a return to the beloved North of my Northumbrian childhood only a few miles away. 'I beheld London. As a school of art it has run into the sand. with variations and detours. with no knowledge of the higher regions of imaginatio vera. these were significant influences experienced by my generation. Hubert Howard.

100.48 / India International Centre Quarterly following his marriage to Lela Caetani. from a prolonged stay with the Lindisfarne Association in New York City.Marguerite. India.128 on Sat. daughter of . nor of the annual gatherings of Henry Corbin's Universite Saint-Jean de Jerusalem. threatened as they are by Western materialism. Hubert warmly believed in the value of Temenas. how rich is the texture of life into which we are all woven! And how happy it is to travel with my colleagues and friends of Temenos—there is neither beginning nor end to the story. is still the mainstream of spiritual civilization. and above all the great Vedic heritage. producer of beautiful books. It then came into my mind with the force of inspiration that we might start one. Other friends I made at the Dallas Institute of Philosophy and Culture. founder-editor of two distinguished literary journals: Commerce and later Botteghe Oscure. who remained undaunted by financial (or any other) ups and downs inseparable from the planting of a new idea.jstor. which she edited frorh her palazzo in Rome. Cecil Collins and others. where Buddhism. nor of my dear friends of the Lindisfarne Association in the United States with whom I spent several months and many later visits. who in turn brought in Brian Keeble of the Golgonooza Press. for I believe that if the West is to re-learn spiritual knowledge it can only be from the Orient. in 1978. a This content downloaded from 142. Nor have I spoken of beloved France and my publisher and translator Fran^ois-Xavier Jaujard. The Atharva Veda calls history a poem 'written by God'. But as to India. The inspirer of that community of scholars (at which I first met more than one Temenos contributor) was William Irwin Thompson. In that epic we all have our parts assigned. I found myself wondering why there was not in England even a journal to proclaim the Sacred Tradition with its treasuries of 'things new and old'. Islam. And through yet other American friends I was able to spend unforgettable days with the Hopi people of Old Oraibi. and on more than one occasion contributed to the cost of publication.3. Can India teach the West before the West has destroyed India? On my return.org/terms . How many are the fellow-pilgrims with whom I have travelled. a deeply wounded country. Duchess of Sermoneta. and to that end I consulted my respected friend Philip Sherrard. there is too much to tell here. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. We also invited Keith Critchlow who had worked with the Lindisfarne Association and whom I knew through his inspiring lectures to RILKO (Research into Lost Knowledge Organization) founded by Jeanette Jackson. author and editor of Eric Gill. remain intact. rich in learning and comedy.

org/terms . our Academic Board. to the field of the Great Battle for those sacred values on which alone any enduring civilization can be established. His work will continue to delight future generations who will never hear the Bushman stories under the stars of Africa. and when we founded the Temenos Academy he became one of our Trustees. □ This content downloaded from 142. showed us his films of Africa.100. After the third issue the editorial task fell to me. It was he who showed Temenos to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales who had come by other paths. its people and its marvellous animals and wilderness. see it as our task to preserve that ancient sacred view of man as a spiritual being. Laurens van der Post has left this world for whose soul's good he did so much.jstor. Kathleen Raine / 49 living voice of traditional knowledge at a time when there were few others.128 on Sat. That work will continue in other hands when we too have gone. I had known him through our shared admiration for Jung—we had both sat at the famous Round Table at Ascona where so many distinguished scholars of the Imagination sat over the years. for they too are gone from the world. 25 Jun 2016 05:41:02 UTC All use subject to http://about. it seems. Although Laurens never con tributed to our Journal. as he did so often over the years that followed. told us his wise and beautiful Bushman stories.3. I. he has on several occasions spoken for us at the Temenos Academy. and our Trustees. and must continue as long as the world lasts. The only publicity we ever received was an adverse review in the Times Literary Supplement —another instance I fear of ignorance passing judgement on knowledge. It was Laurens to whom I turned in Temenos troubles as a wise and sure defender. At this point Laurens van der Post came to our defence.