By Jean Biès, Deborah Weiss-Dutilh

Returning to the Essential is the 1st presentation to the English-speaking international of the writings of Jean Biès, one of many nice non secular poets of our time whose paintings additionally constitutes a compelling critique of the de-sacralization of the fashionable global. Recipient of the distinguished excessive Prize of the Society of French Poets and Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, Biès introduces the modern reader to the treasury of metaphysical, esoteric and non secular instructing from different sacred resources and his writings by no means fail to mix that means and sweetness. His phrases are rooted within the inexhaustible flooring of the Perennial Philosophy: the language of the fundamental to which this e-book invitations, inspiringly, to come back. Having got the distinguished excessive Prize of the Society of Poets, Jean Biès is understood in France as probably the most very important traditionalist philosophers and poets of our time. His greater than twenty books, from which those chosen writings are taken, current the metaphysical and esoteric teachings of the good religions of the area; they contain trip writings and intimate pics of sacred websites akin to Mount Athos and Benares, and a number of collections of poetry. formerly unknown to the English talking global, Jean Biès needs to be counted as one of many most popular 20th century exponents of the Perennial Philosophy.

Translated through Deborah Weiss-Dutilh.

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