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By Algis Uzdavinys,John F. Finamore

the traditional philosophy, in its unique Orphico-Pythagorean and Platonic shape, isn't really easily a lifestyle in response to the divine or human mind (nous), but in addition the way in which of alchemical transformation and mystical illumination accomplished via initiatic ‘death’ and next recovery on the point of divine gentle. to take advantage of one other legendary photo, philosophy restores the soul’s wings and leads the purified lover of knowledge to Heaven. As a way of religious reintegration and unification, old philosophy is inseparable from the hieratic rites. accordingly these students who themselves persist with the anagogic course of Platonic culture are roughly firmly confident that their philosophy eventually derives from the Egyptian and Mesopotamian temple liturgies and rituals, reinterpreted and revived via the Neoplatonists less than the identify of ‘theurgy’ in overdue antiquity. The theurgic ‘animation’ of statues seems to be one of the major keys for figuring out how a variety of royal and priestly practices, regarding the day-by-day ritual provider and come across with the divine presence within the temples, built into the Neoplatonic mysticism of past due antiquity. the normal conception of symbolism nonetheless stands at the Neoplatonic origin verified by means of Iamblichus, Proclus, and Damascius

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