Esoteric comes from the Greek ‘esôterikos’, and was a qualification in the schools of ancient philosophers to describe followers of secret doctrines.
The Disciple, a novel by Daniel Maleville, leads us to Toulouse and invites us to discover Esoteric, Mysticism, and Spirituality, the major subjects that always have applied to passionate men in search of the truth.
For nothing can remain hidden to the seeker. And there are many who, through the ages, have taken the path of knowledge to unravel the mysteries of life. You will also be invited to travel in modern-day Toulouse and when you flip through the pages you’ll be taken through the city during the 21st century, around 1900 and in 1533.
One could say this novel by Daniel Maleville is a book about love but also about research. Love of his city, Toulouse, to which the author is particularly attached, his quest for God, which can be found in the good people, but also his search for the ideal woman.
Although presented as a novel, The Disciple can be considered a true initiation manual for the researcher or one who starts to walk on the paths of esoteric knowledge. Core topics of esotericism are discussed. The relationship Religion-Science-Mysticism is defined and responses are suggested to questions that may arise students’ mystique.
The first part of the book consists of three chapters:
- Bible: explanation of the symbolism of the Bible
- Christic: explanation of hidden messages of the New Testament
- Mystics: explanation and mystical conduct
The book first part includes passages regarding life and inner thoughts of the narrator and the expression of his love for his hometown.
If the analysis of Christian thought and mysticism is very present in the novel, it is only to better understand that there is no religion or dominant philosophies but a cultural and geographical adaptation of much older tradition from which the religions of East and West. What dominates is the explanation of the esoteric, and the search for future in an ecumenical spirit, with no particular religious connotation.
The second part is an adventurous follow-up of the first. It is told in the form of a novel set over three days in 16th century Toulouse (The Renaissance). Check also what you can learn on this topic from the ACT practice test.
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The central figure describes famous people living at that time that will have to face the reality of reincarnation through a meeting with, in his view, the ideal woman.
The third part follows the other two, and it is the conclusion in which the characters will learn from their experiences.
On this site , and for consulting convenience, Part I match the keyword ‘esoteric’. Part II includes the keywords section ‘contemporary novel’, and Part III falls into the category ‘history’ that takes place in 1533.