(Painting: “Through the Night.” 1942, by Albert Bloch)


“Those who approach our disciplines must first of all realize this basic point: that the problem and even meaning of knowledge appear in a way very different from the various domains of modern culture.

From an initiatic point of view, to know does not mean “to think,” but to be the known object. Something is not really known until it is realized, or, in other words, until one’s consciousness is transformed into it.

In these terms, knowledge is one and the same with experience; thus, the initiatic method is a purely experimental method. As far as certainty is concerned, what counts here is what one has learned through direct and individual experience. In ordinary life, every sensation, yearning, emotion, or direct perception (a pain, a desire, an intuition) has this character.

To speak here of “true” and “false” is meaningless; what matters is the knowledge of the thing itself according to an absolute “Is,” or to an experienced “Is” that does not wait for intellectual recognition. In this type of knowledge, there are no degrees or approximations or probabilities; one either has it or hasn’t it.”

~ Julius Evola

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