In support of this, we would like to focus on the notion of "spiritual paternity". Indeed, if René Guénon has continually insisted on the importance of the traditional transmission of the purest spirituality, it is not a coincidence if this notion is found, although sometimes masked by adventurous developments, into the heart of the Arthurian tales which is not by chance ...
Now, Orthodox spirituality, always offered the possibility of the development of this vital concept.
The advice of the various hermits to the knights in the Arthurian narratives all resembled the tradition of perpetual prayer and theosis. These holy personages, in any case, belong well to the commonly accepted image of the "spiritual Father".
Ignatius Brianchaninov calls spiritual paternity: the "sacrament of filiation". Moreover, according to the Orthodox tradition, he specifies that a spiritual father is not "a teacher who teaches, but a "father who begets".
In addition, the Church recognizes two distinct traditions in its use of the word "father": on the one hand, "functional fatherhood" (dating back to St. Ignatius of Antioch), which means that every Bishop is called "father" or priest according to his priesthood; On the other hand, the "spiritual paternity", properly so called, which goes back to the Fathers of the desert, monks or laymen (Saint Anthony, for example, was a layman). Closer to us in time, Paul Evdokimov will recall that the essential condition that legitimates a spiritual Father is "to first become himself pneumatikos". Saint Symeon the New Theologian said: "To give the Holy Spirit we must have it."
Thus, through this use of the term "father", there are two practices which join what René Guénon called, in his own way - exoterism and esotericism, or functional religion and the spiritual path of internalization, identification, and union, the two being in this case in no way contradictory or in opposition to each other.
Paul Evdokimov also reminded us, and very opportunely, that according to the Fathers: "Every believer can become an "internalized monk" and find the equivalent of monastic vows in exactly the same way in the personal circumstances of his life, whether single or married." This is perfectly affirmed by the Church of the East, for whom all the baptized pass, at the time of the sacrament of the chrism anointing, by the rite of the tonsure which consecrates it entirely to the Lord. This rite, analogous to the monastic rite, invites everyone to rediscover the sense of "internalized" monasticism that the sacrament teaches all but not everyone can achieve ...
In conclusion, all this, it seems to us, demonstrates to all who knows deeply the message of René Guénon, how perfectly the latter is in full conformity with the "oriental" tradition of Christianity!
4 The theory of the two Swords and the conception of a holy empire are foreign to the traditional doctrines of the Celts. The Celtic conception of Spiritual Authority and Temporal Power was much closer to that of the Byzantine Empire and the Symphony of Powers. Roman and Germanic traditions, dominated by a kshatriya-oriented spirituality, imposed their perspectives on spiritual and temporal domains. They forged the West!
7 - We shall say that, if a mystery is not a secret, this is particularly true of the Christian mystery, continuing the very condition of the Incarnate God, Who both offered in its fullness to each one, and invisible to those who do not See not. One is essentially in another universe than that of the esoteric doctrine protecting, by a secret initiation, its "universal truth" against the psychics and the hyliques. The distinction, which is itself external, between esoteric and exoteric, is meaningless here, for it is no longer a hidden continuation and denying the time for a sacred past, but a continuation of Presence, Each moment creative and invigorating - one would say of a contemporaneity of the Spirit. ". Monsignor André Scrima, quoted in "Etudes et documents d'Hésychasme", Michel Valsan, Traditional Studies.
L’honneur de René Guénon et l’Orient Orthodoxe - Thierry Jolif