I am slowly, slowly wending my way through a large cachet of Ivan Agueli materials at the National Library of Sweden — as most of it is in Swedish, I am much-handicapped, as this is a language I am still in the very-beginning stages of getting my head around. All this is in preparation for my upcoming talk at Columbia University, which I blogged a bit about the other day here. His debt to Swedenborg is deeper and much more profound than I had known or was expecting. Some glimpses from the stuff currently splayed out on my desk:

Ivan Agueli in Cairo, with an Egyptian man
Ivan Agueli in Cairo, with an Egyptian man
Agueli's notebook: his attempts to learn Tibetan, following his reading of Philangi Dasa's Swedenborg the Buddhist
Agueli’s notebook: his attempts to learn Sanskrit, following his reading of Philangi Dasa’s Swedenborg the Buddhist
Portrattstudie (1915) from Egypt or Algeria
Portrattstudie (1915) from Egypt or Algeria

And, finally, the outside of the Royal Library (Kungliga Biblioteket)–the place where I am spending more and more of my time (it is the home, among other treasures, of Swedenborg’s famous dream diary):

Konigliga Bibliotheket Selfie
In front of the Kungliga Biblioteket

Written by devinzuber

Associate Professor for American Studies, Religion, and Literature at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley, California.

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