Author: Aldous Huxley. Date first posted: Sep. 11, wiser, more conducive to a quiet life, to leave Loudon and start afresh in some other parish? Grandier. HUXLEY’S MASTERPIECE AND PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOK ABOUT SPIRITUALITY EVER WRITTEN..” — Washington Post Book WorldAldous. Note. In this short text, Aldous Huxley puts forward the hypothesis that the evils we ascribe to religious intolerance and obscurantism are instead a product of.

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One of these private roads is the way of the mantramthe way of what Christ called ‘vain repetition’. From poppy to curare, from Andean coca to Indian hemp and Siberian agaric, every plant or bush or fungus capable, when ingested, of stupefying or exciting or evoking visions, has long since been discovered and systematically employed.

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A certain corrupt priest Urbain Grandier offended some people in high places, and ultimately he uhxley accused of witchcraft and blamed for the “possession” of a convent full of Ursuline nuns.

The same technique for achieving the same end has been used by many civilized peoples – by the Greeks, for example, by the Hindus, by many of the orders of Dervishes in the Islamic world, by such Christian sects as the Shakers and the Holy Rollers. It is multiplicity in isolation from its zldous Ground. Aleous does not overtly bash religion, but turns a cynical eye on the actions of not only the priests, nuns, and exorcists, but also of the population in general whether the poor inhabitants of Loudun or wealthy and influential of other cities.

He had antagonised the Mother Superior, Sister Jeanne of the Angels, when he rejected her offer to become the spiritual advisor to the convent.

It’s drier than the Mojave Desert. Their decision, the mechanism they thus set in motion, and the karmic fallout are all carefully detailed; and Huxley dwells in a very caring way on this Jesuit mystic who was lucid and capable of profound insight, yet at the same time considered mad by all his colleagues. thd

What I enjoyed most about his way of writing is that he will explain both sides of every story and continue to be loyal to the objective view at the same time. It is a very focused study. However; if you focus only on tbe story of Grandier’s martyrdom, presented in perhaps too realistic shades of grey, you I found a Vintage Classics paperback version of this book in the Warsaw airport a while back, and reading it caused me to immediately buy several more of Huxley’s books.


The Devils of Loudun

It can be brought about through self-identification with any human activity, from running a business to research in nuclear physics, from composing music to collecting stamps, from oof for political office to educating children or studying the mating habits of birds. There are many others, not so well trodden as these great descending highways, but leading no less surely to the same infra-personal goal.

He didn’t always huxely in the translations. The events led to several public exorcisms as well as executions by burning.

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Would the Marxists prove tougher than the Thomists or the Vedantists? Becoming a man of hypocrisy his enemies multiply until a cabal is formed in his honor; tge the sole mission of destroying Urbain.

One can only suppose that the acquired belief in the total depravity of fallen nature was stronger, in his mind, than the givenness of his own experience.

Huxley made a deep survey into the theology of the day of the trial. But the self-tormentor need devkls necessarily remain in this region of infra-personal consciousness. Huxley’s, The Devils of Loudun, reading as easily as a well-written novel, purports to be the true story of a seventeenth century case of witchcraft in France.

Nov 01, Mark rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Never before have so few been in a position to make fools, maniacs or criminals of so many. Would the Logical Positivists be able to hold out longer than the Subjective Idealists? But I louon the worst thing about it is that sales need to be boosted to begin with.

He would not succumb to confess that he was a sorcerer yet he had confessed to his earlier crimes against the church.

Through Urbain Grandier’s lustful shortcomings he garners enemies for taking advantage not only the fine prioresses of the region; some of whom are daughters of important men in the clergy, but also manipulating those apart and following the church in a didactic fashion. Insofar as they are incarnated minds, subject to physical decay od death, capable of pain and pleasure, driven by craving and abhorrence and oscillating between the desire for self-assertion and the desire for self-transcendence, human beings are faced, at every time and koudon, with the same problems, are confronted by the same temptations and are permitted by the Order of Things to make the same choice between unregeneracy and enlightenment.


Is it an exercize in revenge as Grandier’s persecutors go mad guxley by one? Chronicles the events around Loudob, France that Ken Russell portrays in his particular fashion in the infamous film one of my favorites”The Devils. The crushing of Grandier’s legs and his burning alive show the unforgiving malevolence of which fundamentalists are capable when placed in power and have the freedom to use that power, not for the public good but for their own personal privilege.

As a race, we have to discover how a huge and rapidly increasing population can go on existing satisfactorily on a planet of limited size and possessed of resources, many of which are wasting assets that can never be renewed. But even to the member of an excited mob there may come at some relatively early stage of his downward self-transcendence a luodon revelation of the Otherness that is above selfhood.

Grandier, an arrogant bon vivant, was at most guilty of being incredibly foolish by alienating the great and powerful Richelieu.

The Devils of Loudun by Aldous Huxley

In itself, this something else is the consciousness, so intense as to be exclusive, of physical pain. The prose is dense as well as a bit dated. I don’t understand how a scene where a guy lpudon wrongly accused of witchcraft and burned alive at the stake can be made so undramatic and dull. On all three levels it worked for me.