Mircea Eliade

A Quote by Mircea Eliade on upanishads, great dissolutions, and cosmos

Neti! Neti! cries the sage of the Upanishads:
"No! No! thou art not this; nor art thou that! In other words: you do not belong to the fallen cosmos, as you see it now, you are not necessarily engulfed in this creation; necessarily - that is to say, by virtue of the law of your own being. Now, nature has no true ontological reality; it is, indeed, universal becoming. Every cosmic form, complex and magestic though it may be, ends by disintegrating; the universe itself is periodically reabsorbed by "great dissolutions" (mahapralaya) into the primordial matrix (prakriti).

Mircea Eliade

Source: Eliade (1970), Yoga: Immortality and Freedom 1970 p.10

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A Quote by Mircea Eliade on sacred

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The sacred tree, the sacred stone are not adored as stone or tree; they are worshipped precisely because they are hierophanies, because they show something that is no longer stone or tree but sacred, the ganz andere or 'wholly other.'

Mircea Eliade

Source: Myths, Dreams and Mysteries

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A Quote by Mircea Eliade on awareness, reality, sacred, and world

Man becomes aware of the Sacred because it manifests itself, shows itself, as something wholly different from the Profane . . . In his encounters with the Sacred, man experiences a reality that does not belong to our world yet is encountered in and through objects or events that are part of the world.

Mircea Eliade

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