When the sacred manifests itself in any hierophany, there is not only a break in the homogeneity of space; there is also a revelation of an absolute reality, opposed to the nonreality of the vast surrounding expanse. The manifestation of the sacred ontologically founds the world. In the homogenous and infinite expanse, in which no point of reference is possible and hence no orientation can be established, the hierophany reveals an absolute fixed point, a center.
As quoted in The Structure of Religious Knowing: Encountering the Sacred in Eliade and Lonergan by John Daniel Dadosky (2004, p. 89)
It is not without fear and trembling that a historian of religion approaches the problem of myth . This is not only because of that preliminary embarrassing question: what is intended by myth? It is also because the answers given depend for the most part on the documents selected.Mircea Eliade
The crude product of nature , the object fashioned by the industry of man, acquire their reality , their identity, only to the extent of their participation in a transcendent reality .Mircea Eliade
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.Mircea Eliade
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.Mircea Eliade
A religious phenomenon will only be recognized as such if it is grasped at its own level, that is to say, if it is studied as something religious. To try to grasp the essence of such phenomenon by means of physiology, psychology , sociology , economics , linguistics , art or any other study is false; it misses the one unique and irreducible element in it the element of the sacred .Mircea Eliade
Psychoanalysis justifies its importance by asserting that it forces you to look to and accept reality. But what sort of reality ? A reality conditioned by the materialistic and scientific ideology of psychoanalysis, that is, a historical product...Mircea Eliade
The history of religions reaches down and makes contact with that which is essentially human: the relation of man to the sacred. The history of religions can play an extremely important role in the crisis we are living through. 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.Mircea Eliade
To believe that I could, at twenty-three, sacrifice history and culture for "the Absolute" was further proof that I had not understood India. My vocation was culture, not sainthood.Mircea Eliade
It would be frightening to think that in all the cosmos , which is so harmonious, so complete and equal to itself, that only human life is happening randomly, that only one's destiny lacks meaning.Mircea Eliade
The way towards ' wisdom ' or towards ' freedom ' is the way towards your inner being. This is the simplest definition of metaphysics .Mircea Eliade
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