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Books on Traditional Studies

We recommend to serious students of traditional studies that they obtain the publications of René Guénon and other expositors of traditional doctrine. Many of these books can be located and ordered from this page, including:

Books by René Guénon:

  1. For an example of Guénon's writing, see his article "Al-faqr or Spiritual Poverty" here on Murugan Bhakti websites.
  2. The Crisis of the Modern World (1927; reprinted 1999 by Indica Books, Varanasi) 142 pp. "In Crisis of the Modern World, published for the first time in 1927, Guénon writes a relentless and radical criticism of the modern world, revealing its shallowness and its spiritual destitution when confronted with the traditional civilizations." Excellent introduction to Guenon. Highly recommended. Published by Indica Books, Varanasi.
  3. The Great Triad was first published in French in 1946 and was the last of the author's books to appear in his lifetime. "The Great Triad is centred on Taoism while being characteristically rich in illuminating cross-references to other traditions, for the ternary in question -- Heaven, Earth and Man -- is an inescapable feature of all spirituality. Seldom have the multiple levels of significance of a single symbol been expounded in such profound and meaningful details so as to reveal that, when properly assimilated, the triad symbol possesses the possibility of support for inner realisation." (New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1994) pp. 171. Can be ordered from Indica Books.
  4. Introduction to the Study of Hindu Doctrines, Outstanding work. Order reprints from Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi, or inquire from Indica Books.
  5. Man and His Becoming According to Vedanta Another 'must read' book of Guénon. Order reprints from Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi or inquire from Indica Books.

Books on traditional metaphysics by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy:

  1. Time and Eternity available from Indica Books.
  2. Hinduism and Buddhism available from Indica Books.
  3. Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought
  4. The Dance of Shiva
  5. Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power in the Indian Theory of Government Highly recommended.
  6. A New Approach to the Vedas

Books by Frithjof Schuon:

Indica Books of Varanasi is sole distributor of the books published by Select Books, Bangalore, which include:
  1. Language of the Self by Frithjof Schuon
  2. Treasures of Buddhism by Frithjof Schuon
  3. Understanding Islam by Frithjof Schuon
  4. Essays on Esoteric Ecumenism by Frithjof Schuon

Other books on art history by A.K. Coomaraswamy include:

  1. Fundamentals of Indian Art (vol. I)
  2. The Transformation of Nature in Art
  3. Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art
  4. The Indian Craftsman
  5. Essays in Early Indian Architecture
  6. Early Indian Architecture: Cities and City Gates
  7. Early Indian Architecture: Palaces
  8. Elements of Buddhist Iconography
  9. The Origin of the Buddha Image
  10. Jaina Art
  11. Visvakarma: Examples in Indian architecture, sculpture, painting handicraft
  12. Art and Swadeshi
  13. Essays in National Idealism
  14. Paroksa: Coomaraswamy Centenary Seminar Papers Vidyapati: Padavali (translated by A.K.C.)
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See also René Guénon's biography