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Taking a look at the Bhagavad Gita and its applications to modern life plus Q&A

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In this video, I speak with Ed Dutton, a skeptic of all things spiritual and metaphysical, on his channel, the Jolly Heretic, for what was an all-around entertaining show, despite us speaking radically different "languages". Because this show was quite popular and it is no longer available on Ed's channel, I am uploading here sooner than I normally would.

It is very rare that a skeptic wishes to speak with me about these ideas and Ed certainly did his best to take me to task intellectually. It was a fun challenge, but I certainly have room for improvement, so I invite viewer feedback on what you think I could have done better to convey these ideas to someone with a radically different belief system.

You can visit the Jolly Heretic channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/DrEdwardDuttonTheJollyHeretic

This show originally aired on April 28, 2022.

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An interview from Academic Agent's "Evola Day", covering the essentials of Evola, why people should read him, and tips for getting through his more difficult works, as well as addressing some common criticisms, plus some reflections and ramblings.

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My first ever conversation with Academic Agent, as he was just getting started on his Evola journey. I answer some common and not-so-common questions from him about the importance of Julius Evola.

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Taking a look at the Bhagavad Gita and its applications to modern life plus Q&A

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Taking a look at the Bhagavad Gita and its applications to modern life plus Q&A

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Many of you have asked me to speak about one of my passions, Hellenistic astrology. There is so much to cover that I'll do a number of talks on this subject, and to start with, we'll cover some of the basics of how astrology works, what it is used for, and some common misconceptions, with time at the end for Q&A.

If you are interested in booking a reading of your natal chart, please visit astrologicat.com. I will contact you by email to arrange a time for the reading.

Taking a look at the Bhagavad Gita and its applications to modern life

A look at the subversive nature of Amazon's new "Rings of Power" series from a spiritual and metaphysical perspective.

In this discussion, we thoroughly analyse an essay by Julius Evola, "Orientations", which covers eleven critical points, providing a framework with which to approach the post-modern world.

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Link to PDF to follow along: https://files.catbox.moe/z6uo7g.pdf

Originally aired on January 8, 2021 on Academic Agent's channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyawG3aTE7RmNQcFQskDWcw

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Primarily a discussion of concepts from Julius Evola's "Synthesis of the Doctrine of Race" on the Afterparty. Originally aired October 21, 2020.

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0:00 Intro
2:35 Discussion of meditation
24:05 Relationship between the physical and the spiritual
24:30 Three part conception of race (body, soul, and spirit)
34:00 Races of nature versus superior races
35:40 Evola’s definition of race versus the common definition of race
42:00 Castes and hierarchies
50:10 More on races of nature and superior races
58:40 Degeneration of race
1:00:00 Hyperboreans
1:14:15 The “noble savage” myth and the (d)evolution of humanity
1:21:45 Races of soul and spirit
1:26:00 Crossbreeds and liberation
1:27:20 Are we entering a golden age?
1:32:10: Audience comments and questions
1:35:40 Outro

Original video on Jason and Jared's channel: https://youtu.be/T0Gx2ojJNNk

In this episode in our series on Julius Evola 's "Revolt Against the Modern World", we cover Chapter 10: Initiation and Consecration. Initiation was a fundamental aspect of the World of Tradition, but is now a rather mysterious topic. This episode breaks down what initiation is, its significance, why it was necessary, and how it came to be replace by consecration.

As we are now getting deeper into the book, it is becoming essential to have an understanding of the topics Evola has laid out earlier in the book, as they are starting to build on each other. If you are not quite caught up on the series, that's ok, but we highly recommend having watched episodes 4, 6, 8, and 9 first.

Recommended additional reading for the eager student:
Julius Evola's "The Bow and the Club", specifically the essay entitled "The Concept of Initiation"
Julius Evola's "Introduction to Magic", specifically the essay entitled "The Nature of Initiatic Knowledge"
Rene Guenon's "Perspectives on Initiation"
George Stanley Faber, "The Origins of Pagan Idolatry", volume 3

Additional listening:
The quote used from Manly P Hall is from this lecture, which is well worth listening to in its entirety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV4fj3FiCQI&t=12s

Lyrics to the closing song, DOMINE SPIRITUS:

Behold, my Lord, for the city once full of riches
Is now laid to waste
She who ruled the peoples sits in sadness
There is none to console her now but thou,

I heard her weeping sadly in the night
And tears were streaming down
There is none to console her now but thou
our God
She is Alone

Without the world of sadness bearing down
Amongst the forests of endless return

It is in this silent place
Where you find the gift of life
It is in this silent place
Where you shall find the gift of life, my king

I heard the sound of angels weeping
Could not discern the higher meaning
All that I could hear was Domine
Spiritus!
The name of my Lord
My shield and sword
Domine! Spiritus!
Morere! De cineribus ascendo!

The ..

Season 3 coming soon!
This next season explores chapters 10-14 of Julius Evola's "Revolt Against the Modern World".

If you are new to my channel or to this series, you can view the previous episodes over at this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQhWiiSrOiNp_k79baRYgFzbNEvl41tH8

In this series, we are covering the book chapter by chapter (that means there will be about 40 episodes!) and going into detail about Evola's philosophy and the Traditionalist worldview. This is not an audiobook reading, but an explanation, clarification, and further discussion of the material in each chapter. You are invited to acquire a copy if you don't have one already and read along, however, this series can also be watched without having read the book, for those who would like an overview of this influential thinker without committing to reading a challenging book.

Most of Evola's works only began to be translated into English in the 1990s and as a result, he does not yet enjoy widespread recognition and there is very little information available to assist a beginning reader who is new to his writings. My hope is that this video series will assist any prospective reader in tackling this tome, which will provide a solid foundation for reading any future works by this author.

I invite you to approach this work with an open mind, as Evola lays out a perspective of the world that is radically different from our modern ideas. As such, regardless of any agreement or disagreement with his conclusions, this work merits a serious study. So think of this like a virtual book club!

And as always, if you have already read any part of the book and had a question about something you didn't understand, please comment with the relevant chapter and page number. I will save these questions to address in future videos.

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When the future seems bleak and you feel powerless, is there anything you can really do? Well... YES!

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How do we discover what it means to be a woman?

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In this episode in our series on Julius Evola 's "Revolt Against the Modern World", we cover Chapter 9: Life and Death of Civilizations. This episode looks at what makes a civilisation strong, but also at the root cause of what makes them collapse. This episodes brings together a number of themes from the previous episodes, and we do recommend catching up on those in order to maximise your understanding of this episode.

For additional reading, we recommend:
-Arthur de Gobineau's "On the Inequality of Human Races", which Evola references in the chapter and which we cover in part here
-Evola's "Synthesis of the Doctrine of Race", also referenced in the chapter and newly translated into English, available here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/julius-evola/synthesis-of-the-doctrine-of-race/ebook/product-7jqgdp.html

While watching this episode (or reading the chapter), please keep in mind that "racist" and "racism" are not used in their modern, derogatory sense, but almost in the same way in which one would refer to any other school of thought (the empiricists, the post-modernists, the Darwinists, etc). In the time in which Evola wrote, anthropological racism was at its peak and he is referring to it in the neutral terms of his day. We likewise have chosen to do the same for the sake of the philosophical discussion, which would be hindered by adopting a modern bias. We kindly point out to the censors that nothing in this video is intended as hateful or exclusionary and we welcome and encourage viewers of all backgrounds to find inspiration in their ancestors and in the Traditional ideals.

A further discussion on some of his racial ideas, which were somewhat outside the scope of this episode, but still relevant for a broader context, can be found in PhilosophiCat's interview here: https://youtu.be/T0Gx2ojJNNk

LYRICS to the closing song:
Forsake your sad laments
Prepare for ice and fire
The wind of consequence
Blows across the miles
Transfiguration comes
At the pric..

Meditation is an important spiritual tool in our quest for the transcendent. It is what we use to learn to still the mind so that we might hear the faint whispers of the sublime and come to know our true Self.

The modern person's mind is like an untrained puppy dog, jumping all over everyone and barking constantly. Most people think they are in control of their own minds, but one of the first realisations you come to in meditation is the parasitic nature of the mind. For how many counts of breath can you stay focused only on the sensation of the breath without any thoughts creeping in? One? Two? Maybe three? Most people are amazed to discover how little control they have over their own minds! It is a sad fact that most of us are slaves to our minds.

Is this an acceptable condition to you? Would you not prefer to be the master of your own mind? To be able to direct it with laser focus when and where you tell it to go? Meditation is something that starts delivering benefits almost immediately with regular practice. Have you ever been so anxious that you can't sleep because you can't stop the endless flow of worrisome thoughts? Are you ever unable to focus on something you needed to work on because your mind kept wandering off onto something else? Have you ever emotionally lashed out at someone when you didn't mean to? Do you have a mental chatter filled with negative self-talk, a broken record habitually playing on repeat that prevents you from growing into your potential? These are all symptoms of an undisciplined mind.

This meditation is designed for a total beginner, but you can still enjoy it even if you are more advanced. The goals here are 1) to give you something that you can do every day as part of your routine. It is only about 15 minutes and it is not hard to find 15 minutes in the morning or evening to do a simple meditation. Building up the daily habit is half the battle. And 2) to help guide you through a process of learning to focus your mind where ..

In this series, I will be responding to Apollonian Germ's criticisms of the Traditionalist School. This is just kind of a fun little discussion to break things up a little bit and I thought it would be a good opportunity to address some of the common misconceptions that people have about Traditionalism in a more relaxed way that I don't normally get to do.

Here is the link to his first video to which I am responding: https://youtu.be/zhi2FKwQbn4

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In this episode in our series on Julius Evola 's "Revolt Against the Modern World", we cover Chapter 8: The Two Paths in the Afterlife. This episode brings together the importance of the concepts previously discussed this season, such as the rite, our connection to our ancestors, and the importance of spiritual virility, as we explore Traditional beliefs about our inevitable post-mortem journey.

See below for links, lyrics, and additional info.

Please like and share this video to help spread Tradition far and wide, for in the Golden Age, these perennial ideas were known by all and even taken for granted. It is only in the Dark Age that they fall into obscurity. Let us rebuild these ancient pathways, that we may find our way back to the light. We also welcome any user-contributed foreign language translations.

Referenced in this episode are a number of other of Evola's works: The Doctrine of Awakening, The Yoga of Power, and Sintesi di dottrina della razza. Serious students of Evola and serious spiritual seekers may find these interesting/useful but an understanding of them is not required to enjoy Revolt (either the book or these films).

Lyrics to the closing song:

DYING TIME
I have become this
I now see my fate
all that I have declared as mine
all lost in my dying time
all lost in my dying time
my dying time

Am I alive inside the darkness?
in my dying time
Will I just slide into the abyss?
my dying time

Will I live on to see the light?
I have prepared the journey
through all of the smoke and turning
as I cross the river like a dream
is this what it seems?

Am I
Am I alive inside the darkness?
in my dying time
Will I just slide into the abyss?
in my dying time

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Foll..

In this episode in our series on Julius Evola 's "Revolt Against the Modern World", we cover Chapter 6: On the Primordial Nature of the Patriciate. This chapter explores our sacred connection to our ancestor and what it really means to have ancestors, as well as the role of the father within the family.

See below for links, lyrics, and additional info.

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Recommended further reading:
"The Ancient City" by Fustel de Coulanges
"Japan, an Attempt at Interpretation" by Lafcadio Hearn
"Family and Civilization" by Carle Zimmerman

Lyrics to the closing song
CIRCUITS OF LIFE
My hearth
My family
My treasure of soul
My people
My legacy
My honour to know

We were so proud and strong
and we could do no wrong
as long as we kept the rites alive
Our grasp of destiny
woven through eternity
The infinite extends its hand to light

United are we through the circuits of life
The fire of our house kept alive
The gods have blessed us, dear pater
Your guidance has brought us the divine

My birth
My dignity
My virtuous guide
My hope
My progeny
The immanence of life

Our emblem was invincible
Our lineage, the true symbol
as long as we kept the rites alive
A solar dignity
Uranian in quality
Our ancestors are given a new life

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In this episode in our series on Julius Evola's "Revolt Against the Modern World", we cover Chapter 5: The Mystery of the Rite. This chapter explores the significance of ritual action, and in particular sacrificial rites, and how these rites generate a heroic quality in man and maintain the divine connection between men and gods.

See below for links, lyrics, and additional info.

Please like and share this video to help spread Tradition far and wide, for in the Golden Age, these perennial ideas were known by all and even taken for granted. It is only in the Dark Age that they fall into obscurity. Let us rebuild these ancient pathways, that we may find our way back to the light. We also welcome any user-contributed foreign language translations.

One note I feel I must make mention of for those who are also reading along in the book is Evola’s mention of Brahman on page 30, which is a very brief reference but may lead the reader who is unfamiliar with Vedic theology to draw the wrong conclusion about the nature of God (Brahman). I have attempted to clarify this in the video in a way that accurately represents both Evola and the Vedic teachings. I think it is unlikely that Evola would have misunderstood this essential cornerstone of Vedic theology and that the perceived error may be due to a combination of translation issues and the fact that he does not delve into any explanation of this that might have shed more light on what he meant. In any case, I have done my best to remain true to both sources and explain it in a way that a layperson can hopefully understand. I must give special thanks and acknowledgement to Sri Dharma Pravartaka Archarya for his help in reconciling this.

Recommended further reading:
“The Secret Teachings of All Ages” by Manly P. Hall
“In the Dark Places of Wisdom” by Peter Kingsley

LYRICS to the closing song:

“Armies of Light”

Relight the fires of heaven
Bringing the light to man
Shine it in the darkest places
So all who see can under..

A while back, I asked you guys to send in any questions you had pertaining to the first 5 episodes of our Revolt Against the Modern World series. I have chosen 10 questions that were either asked frequently or that I felt could benefit from further explanation.

Here are the time stamps for the questions:

0:53 - "I think it would be helpful if you could delve into the meaning and content of metaphysics and what line of thought Traditionalism follows because I think it is a term that many people associate with spirituality and it is not necessarily limited to that."

2:13 - "How is Evola any different from New Age philosophy? I struggle to get past the woo-woo…"

6:20 - "Is it not fanciful to believe that there is a metaphysical world without evidence of such? How can one prove the existence of the metaphysical world? It is only the physical world that is empirically provable and therefore the only reality that exists. Prove me wrong."

8:15 - "Was Evola anti-Catholic?"

9:43 - "For those who struggle with the esoteric, what value can they find in Evola’s teachings?"

11:19 - "Does Evola have a definition of the afterlife and of the notion of a soul?"

12:41 - "From Episode 2, can you explain more about what you mean about “attaching our ego self to materialistic identifiers” and why that is a hindrance? I think it was around the 7 minute mark."

17:14 - "Throughout human history, so many nations have suffered under tyrannical king. Why would you ever want to advocate for the monarchy when it has proved so disastrous?"

20:07 - Julius Evola, and his mentor, René Guénon, both wrote about hierarchical class/caste systems in several of their respective works, though they differed in their belief in which of the castes should be considered worthy of holding leadership positions. Evola believed soldiers should lead society whilst Guenon followed the more orthodox thought of it being the priests. Which do you believe was the correct interpretation of the two and why?
..

Season 2 coming soon!
This next season explores chapters 4-9 of Julius Evola's "Revolt Against the Modern World".

If you are new to my channel or to this series, you can view the previous episodes over at this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQhWiiSrOiNp_k79baRYgFzbNEvl41tH8

In this series, we are covering the book chapter by chapter (that means there will be about 40 episodes!) and going into detail about Evola's philosophy and the Traditionalist worldview. This is not an audiobook reading, but an explanation, clarification, and further discussion of the material in each chapter. You are invited to acquire a copy if you don't have one already and read along, however, this series can also be watched without having read the book, for those who would like an overview of this influential thinker without committing to reading a challenging book.

Most of Evola's works only began to be translated into English in the 1990s and as a result, he does not yet enjoy widespread recognition and there is very little information available to assist a beginning reader who is new to his writings. My hope is that this video series will assist any prospective reader in tackling this tome, which will provide a solid foundation for reading any future works by this author.

I invite you to approach this work with an open mind, as Evola lays out a perspective of the world that is radically different from our modern ideas. As such, regardless of any agreement or disagreement with his conclusions, this work merits a serious study. So think of this like a virtual book club!

And as always, if you have already read any part of the book and had a question about something you didn't understand, please comment with the relevant chapter and page number. I will save these questions to address in future videos.

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