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Type: Philosopher
Nationality: Romanian
Date of Birth: 03/13/1907
Date of Death: 04/22/1986




 

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The Experience of Sacred Space makes possible the "founding of the world": where the sacred Manifests itself in space, the real unveils itself, the world comes into existence.
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Our world is a universe within which the sacred has already manifested itself.
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As long as you have not grasped that you have to die to grow, you are a troubled guest on the dark earth.
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In love, no certainty is ultimate... That elementary thing - the feeling that you are loved - must be certified again and again, because one doubt,one mistake razes everything to madness and ecstasy.
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To have solely one thought, but it to be capable to destroy the universe.
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The history of religions reaches down and makes contact with that which is essentially human: the relation of man to the sacred.
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For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred, its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality. In other words, for those who have a religious experience all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.
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The joy of life is not a profane type of enjoyment: it reveals the bliss of existing, of sharing in the spontaneity of life and the majesty of the world.
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For archaic man, reality is a function of the imitation of a celestial archetype.
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The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning.
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For religious man, space is not homogenous; he experience interruptions, breaks in it; some parts of the space are qualitatively different from others.
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Man constructs according to an archetype.
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The transcendent models of temples enjoy a spiritual, incorruptible celestial existence.
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For profane experience, space is homogenous and neutral; no break qualitatively differentiates the various parts of its mass.
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Architecture simply took over and developed the cosmologial symbolism already present in the structure of primitive habitations.
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Even the most desacralized existence still preserve traces of a religious valorization of the world.
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The house is sanctified, in whole or part, by a cosmological symbolism or ritual.
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Religious man cannot live except in an atmosphere impregnated with the sacred.
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It is highly probable that the fortifications of inhabited places began by being magical defenses; for fortifications - tenches, labyrinths, ramparts, etc - were designed rather to repel invasions by demons and the souls of the dead than attacks by human beings.
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The manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world.
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Just as the universe unfolds from a center and stretches out toward the four cardinal points, the village comes into existence around an intersection.
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Cosmic symbolism is found in the very structure of the habitation. The house is an "imago mundi".
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A creation implies a superabundance of reality, in other words an irruption of the sacred into the world.
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Life is not possible without an opening toward the transcendent; in other words human beings cannot live in chaos.
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The man of traditional societies could only live in a space opening outward, where the break in plane was symbolically assured and hence communication with the "other world", the transcendental world, was ritually possible.
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