René Guénon: Good Guy or Bad Guy?

by Charles Upton — ( Feb 6, 2014

Henry suggested this title–and I wish it were that simple.
René Guénon [1886-1951] started a movement to return the western world to traditional metaphysics, and succeeded in a modest but very real way.
He and the writers that followed him–the Traditionalist or Perenialist School, including Ananda Coomaraswamy, Frithjof Schuon, Martin Lings, Titus Burckhardt and Seyyed Hossein Nasr (the last four were/are Muslims)–have produced the best introduction to the metaphysics and esoterism of the world religions that we have.
But Guénon was the only member of the School who also dipped into investigative reporting to expose the dark side of esoterism. This led him to the notion that there was a “Counter-Tradition” and a “Counter-Initiation” that was working through various secret societies, to pervert true religion, and ultimately turn the world over to Luciferian forces.
Between the world wars he involved himself with nearly every occult group available in France at that time, so he saw the evils of that world first-hand. Then, when he finally broke with occultism and began to study the esoteric aspects of the world religions (which he saw as entirely legitimate) he published two books exposing the evils of the occult: The Spiritualist Imposture and Theosophy, the History of a Pseudo-Religion.
Guénon showed us how esoterism has both a light and a dark side, and exposed the relationship between a perverted, Luciferian metaphysics and the organized evil that rules today’s world. (In my books The System of Antichrist and Vectors of the Counter-Initiation, I’ve tried to expand on some of his findings.)


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