#31: Russia & Eastern Europe
"Russian mysticism was unique for its combination of spirituality
and what might be called sensuality of a higher order."
- Stephan A. Hoeller, from Esoteric Russia
Includes several letters on Sufism.
News & Notes
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Introduction: A Glimpse of Eastern Expanses
by Richard Smoley
Is Russia part of the West? Or is it a civilization with a destiny and character of its own?
by Stephan A. Hoeller
From Paganism to Theosophy, Russia has long had a colorful history of esotericism.
The Unknown Russian Mysticism
by Igor Kungurtsev and Olga Luchakova
A profile of some of the underground spiritual schools that have surfaced since the end of the Soviet era.
The Cosmos of the Ancient Slavs
by Adrian Ivakhiv
The past and potential rebirth of pre-Christian Slavic mythology.
Turning to Orthodoxy
by Siobhan Houston
Why have thousands of Americans (including former leaders of the Campus Crusade for Christ) converted to this ancient faith?
The East European Conception of Suffering
by Valentin Tomberg
Is suffering a curse to be avoided or a path to wisdom?
Daniil Andreev: Herald of Unseen Worlds
by Alexei Bogdanov
The astounding metaphysical visions of one of this century's greatest Russian mystics.
The Bogomils: Gnostics of Old Bulgaria
by Paul Tice
These Balkan heretics who fought both Rome and Constantinople also had surprising links to the Cathars.
What is Esotericism? The GNOSIS Interview with Antoine Faivre
by Richard Smoley & Jay Kinney
The noted Frency scholar discusses the Western esoteric traditions, gnosis, and the main exponents of European occultism.