In the Introduction to his book 'The Eye of Shiva', Amaury de Riencourt quotes passages from the 'Bhagavad Gita' which reflect with uncanny accuracy man's first nuclear explosion: "If the radiance of a thousand suns Were to burst into the sky - " Although written thousands of years ago, it anticipates the point at which contemporary science departed from Western scientific tradition and converged with the new evolutionary framework of Eastern mysticism. In his erudite visionary book 'The Eye of Shiva' ("the all seeing eye which can penetrate to the hidden levels of existence impervious to normal sight") Amaury de Riencourt maintains that mankind is on the brink of perceiving "the invisible levels of consciousness and intelligence" previously known only to mystics. He explores the history of both traditions: the scientific Western, based on the Greek objective rational philosophy and the Eastern metaphysical concept of ultimate truth, and arrives at a viewpoint that their convergence would raise human consciousness to ever higher levels of spiritual reality, fulfilling Nietzsche's image of a Superman: "Man is something that is to be overcome."
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A descendant of one of the oldest families in France, Amaury de Riencourt was born in Orleans in 1918 and educated in France, Switzerland and Algiers. He served in the French Navy during the Second World War, after which he wrote articles and conducted exclusive interviews with prominent world figures for publications including the New York Times Magazine and news agencies such as the North American Newspaper Alliance. He is the author of several books ranging from the ancient civilisations of India and China to the founding and evolution of the United States of America. He has also published his autobiography, and a global study of woman's status throughout history, the latter inspired by Mia d'Acquarone, whom he married in 1962. Amaury de Riencourt died in 2005 and is succeeded by their son Guy.
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