The Archetypes of Devotional Homage

Martin Lings

To grasp the symbolism of the reciprocity we are considering, it is essential to understand that all devotional homage, all hero-worship worthy of the name, proceeds subjectively from the perfection which exists in every soul, even though, in the majority, it has been buried under the rubble of a fallen second nature.

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Originally published as a chapter of Symbol & Archetype: A Study of the Meaning of Existence. Republished here with thanks to Fons Vitae.