Enter MBFM on Danielou question

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:20 am

I have been getting several books by Danielou from Amazon super cheap, books from the seventies: the last one is Gods of Love and Ecstasy, The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus,
and also:
While the Gods Play: Shaiva Oracles and Predictions on the Cycles of History and The Destiny of Mankind.

This latter book shows the catch in much of Danielou’s system of thought and takes up the highly questionable cyclical view of history from those who propose the ‘Kali Yuga’
I was just about to comment critically on this when MBFM shows up with the right info here on Danielou’s background,.

Before proceeding let me say that I found Danielou’s history of India, despite its flaws, actually better than many of the last several decades, since the politically correct stance on the Aryan migration question has made them all suspect.
Danielou shows up this nonsense before it happened (his work is from the seventies or so) by assuming, this from a devoted fan of Hinduism, that the original assumption of an Aryan invasion was accepted even by most students of Indian religion (another good example being Rajneesh who denounced this fallacy when in started, in the seventies, or early eighties).

But the dross that Danielou accumulates is considerable and here comes MBFM.


1 Comment »

  1. mybrainisafleamarket said,

    09.23.09 at 5:44 pm

    (wiggle, squirm blush)

    Well, I appreciate the compliment, but all I did was read Mark Sedgwick’s book, Against the Modern World, and keep it handy on the bookshelf next to my computer.

    Danielou sounded like a familiar name, I knew he had some kind of tie to Rene Guenon, because I had read Sedgwick. So, all I needed to do was reach for the book and quote the necessary passages.

    I recommend all interested persons purchase a copy. It has just been reissued in paperback and if you go to http://www.bookfinder.com, you can do some comparison shopping.

    The book is a pleasure to read and even the footnotes are terrific.

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