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Frithjof Schuon (June 18, 1907May 5, 1998) is a metaphysician, poet, painter, and a leading figure of traditional metaphysics. Frithjof Schuon is best known as a spokesman of the religio perennis and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Adi Shankara and Plato. Over the past 50 years, he has written more than 20 books on metaphysical, spiritual and ethnic themes. He has also been a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon's writings have been featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities. Along with René Guénon and Ananda Coomaraswamy, Schuon is regarded as one of the three founders of the Traditionalist School. A considerable number of scholars of religion today who work with religious pluralism and esoteric mysticism regard Schuon as one of their teachers. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 169th day of the year (170th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1907 (MCMVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 13-day-slower Julian calendar). ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Plato (Left) and Aristotle (right), by Raphael (Stanza della Segnatura, Rome) Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the ultimate nature of reality, being, and the world. ... The poor poet A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... Painting by Rembrandt self-portrait Detail from Las Meninas by Diego Velazquez, in which the painter portrayed himself at work For the computer graphics program, see Corel Painter. ... The Traditionalist School was founded in its current form by the French metaphysician René Guénon, although its precepts are considered to be timeless and to be found in all authentic traditions. ... Perennial Philosophy is a term that is often used as a synonym for Sanatana Dharma (Sanskrit for Eternal or Perennial Truth). It was used by Leibniz to designate the common, eternal philosophy that underlies all religious movements, in particular the mystical streams within religions. ... A philosopher is a person who thinks deeply regarding people, society, the world, and/or the universe. ... Adi Shankara (Malayalam: ആദി ശങ്കരന്‍, DevanāgarÄ«: , , IPA: ); c. ... PLATO was one of the first generalized Computer assisted instruction systems, originally built by the University of Illinois (U of I) and later taken over by Control Data Corporation (CDC), who provided the machines it ran on. ... Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... An ethnic group is a group of people who identify with one another, or are so identified by others, on the basis of a boundary that distinguishes them from other groups. ... The Major religious groups of the world. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon (November 15, 1886 – January 7, 1951) also named Sheikh Abd al-Wahid Yahya upon his acceptance of Islam, was a French-born author. ... Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy // Life of Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 Colombo - 9 September 1947 Needham, Massachusetts) was the son of the famous Sri Lankan legislator and philosopher Sir Mutu Coomaraswamy and his English wife Elizabeth Beeby. ... The Traditionalist School of thought (not to be confused with Traditionalist Catholicism), attained its current form with the French metaphysician René Guénon, although its precepts are considered to be timeless and to be found in all authentic traditions. ... Etymology Esoteric is an adjective originating during Hellenic Greece under the domain of the Roman Empire; it comes from the Greek esôterikos, from esôtero, the comparative form of esô: within. It is a word meaning anything that is inner and occult, a latinate word meaning hidden (from which... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

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Biography

Schuon was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, on June 18, 1907. His father was a native of southern Germany, while his mother came from an Alsatian family. Schuon's father was a concert violinist, and the household was one in which not only music but literary and spiritual culture were present. Schuon lived in Basle and attended school there until the untimely death of his father, after which his mother returned with her two young sons to her family in Mulhouse, France, where Schuon was obliged to become a French citizen. Having received his earliest training in German, he received his later education in French and thus mastered both languages early in life. As a youth, he went to Paris, where he studied for a few years before undertaking a number of trips to North Africa, the Near East and India in order to contact spiritual authorities and witness traditional cultures. City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... North Africa is the Mediterranean, northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ... The Near East is a term commonly used by archaeologists, geographers and historians, less commonly by journalists and commentators, to refer to the region encompassing Anatolia (the Asian portion of modern Turkey), the Levant (modern Israel/Palestine, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon), Georgia, Armenia, and...


From his youth, Schuon's search for metaphysical truth led him to read the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. While still living in Mulhouse, he discovered the works of the French philosopher and orientalist Rene Guenon, which served to confirm his intellectual intuitions and which provided support for the metaphysical principles he had begun to discover.


Schuon journeyed to Paris after serving for a year and a half in the French army. There he studied for a few years before undertaking a number of trips to North Africa, the Near East and India in order to contact spiritual authorities and witness traditional cultures. In Paris, he worked as a textile designer and at the same time began to study Arabic in the school of the mosque. Living in Paris also brought the opportunity to be exposed to a much greater degree than before to various forms of traditional art, especially those of Asia, with which he had had a deep affinity since his youth. This period of a growing intellectual and artistic familiarity with the traditional worlds was followed by Schuon's first visit to Algeria in 1932. It was then that he met the celebrated Shaykh Ahmad al-'Alawi. On a second trip to North Africa, in 1935, he visited Algeria and Morocco; and during 1938 and 1939, he traveled to Egypt, where he met Guenon, with whom he had been in correspondence for 20 years. In 1939, shortly after his arrival in India, the Second World War broke out, forcing him to return to Europe. After having served in the French army, and after having been made prisoner by the Germans, he sought asylum in Switzerland, which gave him nationality and was to be his home for forty years. In 1949 he married, his wife being a German Swiss with a French education who, besides having interests in religion and metaphysics, is also a gifted painter.


Following World War II, he accepted an invitation to travel to the American West, where he lived for several months among the Plains Indians, in whom he has always had a deep interest. Having received his education in France, Schuon has written all his major works in French, which began to appear in English translation in 1953. Of his first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions (London, Faber & Faber) T.S. Eliot wrote: "I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion."


While always continuing to write, Schuon and his wife have traveled widely. In 1959 and again in 1963, they journeyed to the American West at the invitation of friends among the Sioux and Crow Indians. In the company of their Indian friends, they visited various Plains tribes and had the opportunity to witness many aspects of their sacred traditions. Schuon and his wife were solemnly adopted into the Sioux family of James Red Cloud in 1959, and years later they were similarly adopted by the Crow medicine man and sun dance chief, Thomas Yellowtail. Schuon's writings on the central rites of Indian religion and his hauntingly beautiful paintings of their lifeways attest to his particular affinity with the spiritual universe of the Plains Indians. Other travels have included journeys to Andalusia, Morocco, and a visit in 1968 to the home of the Holy Virgin in Ephesus. In 1980, Schuon and his wife emigrated to the United States, where he continued to write until his death in 1998.


Through his many books and articles Schuon became known as the leader of the traditionalist or perennialist movement, and during his years in Switzerland he regularly received visits from well-known religious scholars and thinkers of both East and West. The traditionalist or "perennialist" perspective began to be enunciated in the West at the beginning of the twentieth century by the French philosopher Rene Guenon and by the Orientalist and Harvard professor Ananda Coomaraswamy. Fundamentally, this doctrine is the Sanatana Dharma--the "eternal religion"--of Hindu Vedantists. It was formulated in the West, in particular, by Plato, by Meister Eckhart in the Christian world, and is also to be found in Islam with Sufism. Every religion has, besides its literal meaning, an esoteric dimension, which is essential, primordial and universal. This intellectual universality is one of the hallmarks of Schuon's works, and it gives rise to many fascinating insights into not only the various spiritual traditions, but also history, science and art.


The dominant theme or principle of Schuon's writings was foreshadowed in his early encounter with a Black marabout who had accompanied some members of his Senegalese village to Switzerland in order to demonstrate their culture. When the young Schuon talked with him, the venerable old man drew a circle with radii on the ground and explained: "God is in the center, all paths lead to Him."


"He feeds my soul ... as does no other living religious writer." -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions


"If I were asked who is the greatest writer of our time, I would say Frithjof Schuon without hesitation." -- Martin Lings


Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts


The habitual limitations of current modern thought are quickly dispersed and the spiritual perspectives normal for mankind are clearly set forth in this, Schuon's second book. An extraordinary breadth of subjects rendered in an aphoristic style makes the wisdom of these reflections accessible to a wide range of readers. The "spiritual contours" of various traditions are seen in the light of their necessary divergences, Schuon's emphasis always being on the one hand the essential nature of things and on the other the great question of knowing what aspect of Truth or Reality it is that motivates the entire being of a given individual. For, as the author says, "metaphysical knowledge is one thing; its actualization ... quite another." Of particular interest here is a commentary on the interplay between knowledge, love and virtue in spiritual life.


Survey of Metaphysics and Esoterism


"This book is a veritable summa of traditional doctrines at the heart of which stands metaphysics. It is in a sense a synthesis of the works of the author written over the past half-century and casts a light of exceptional intensity upon complex metaphysical issues, various facets of man's inner life and the spiritual significance of existence itself in relation to the Supreme Principle. [S. H. Nasr, University Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University]


From the Divine to the Human


. . . our position is well known: it is fundamentally that of metaphysics, and the latter is by definition universalist, "dogmatist" in the philosophical sense of the term, and traditionalist; universalist because free of all denominational formalism; "dogmatist" because far from all subjectivist relativism, we believe that knowledge exists and that it is a real and efficacious adequation and traditionalist because the traditions are there to express, in diverse ways, but unanimously, this quintessential position -- at once intellectual and spiritual -- which in the final analysis is the reason for the existence of the human spirit. [author's preface]


Esoterism As Principle and As Way


The prerogative of the human state is objectivity;the essential content of which is the Absolute. There is no knowledge without objectivity of the intelligence; there is no freedom without objectivity of the will; and there is no nobility without objectivity of the soul . . . Esoterism seeks to realize pure and direct objectvity; this is its raison d'etre. [author's preface]


The Transcendent Unity of Religions

The traditionalist or "perennialist" perspective began to be enunciated in the 1920s by the French philosopher Rene Guenon and, in the 1930s, by the German philosopher Frithjof Schuon. The Harvard orientalist Ananda Coomaraswamy and the Swiss art historian Titus Burckhardt also became prominent advocates of this point of view. Fundamentally, this doctrine is the Sanatana Dharma--the "eternal religion"--of Hindu Vedantists. It was formulated in ancient Greece, in particular, by Plato and later Neoplatonists, and in Christendom by Meister Eckhart (in the West) and Gregory Palamas (in the East). Every religion has, besides its literal meaning, an esoteric dimension, which is essential, primordial and universal. This intellectual universality is one of the hallmarks of Schuon's works, and it gives rise to fascinating insights into not only the various spiritual traditions, but also history, science and art. The dominant theme or principle of Schuon's writings was foreshadowed in his early encounter with a Black marabout who had accompanied some members of his Senegalese village to Switzerland in order to demonstrate their culture. When the young Schuon talked with him, the venerable old man drew a circle with radii on the ground and explained: "God is in the center, all paths lead to Him." René Guénon (aka Sheikh Abd Al Wahid Yahya) (1886-1951) was a French-born author, philosopher, and social critic of the early 20th century. ... Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy // Life of Dr. A.K. Coomaraswamy Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (22 August 1877 Colombo - 9 September 1947 Needham, Massachusetts) was the son of the famous Sri Lankan legislator and philosopher Sir Mutu Coomaraswamy and his English wife Elizabeth Beeby. ... Titus Burckhardt, a German Swiss, was born in Florence in 1908 and died in Lausanne in 1984. ... This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ... Vedantist (or Vedantin) is the Anglicized term for an adherent to philosophy (or Vedanta) of the end section of the Vedas. ... PLATO was one of the first generalized Computer assisted instruction systems, originally built by the University of Illinois (U of I) and later taken over by Control Data Corporation (CDC), who provided the machines it ran on. ... The Meister Eckhart portal of the Erfurt Church. ... Gregory Palamas Gregory Palamas (Γρηγόριος Παλαμάς) (1296 - 1359) was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece and later Archbishop of Thessalonica known as a preeminent theologian of Hesychasm. ... Etymology Esoteric is an adjective originating during Hellenic Greece under the domain of the Roman Empire; it comes from the Greek esôterikos, from esôtero, the comparative form of esô: within. It is a word meaning anything that is inner and occult, a latinate word meaning hidden (from which... A marabout is a personal spiritual leader in the Islam faith as practiced in West Africa, and still to a limited extent in the Maghreb. ...


Metaphysics

For Schuon, the quintessence of pure metaphysics can be summarized by the following vedantic statement, although the Advaita Vedanta's perspective finds its equivalent in the teachings of Ibn Arabi, Meister Eckhart or Plotinus : Brahma satyam jagan mithya jivo brahmaiva na'parah (Brahman is real, the world is illusory, the self is not different from Brahman).
The metaphysics exposited by Schuon is based on the doctrine of the non-dual Absolute (Beyond-Being) and the degrees of reality. The distinction between the Absolute and the relative corresponds for Schuon to the couple Atma/Maya. Maya is not only the cosmic illusion. From a higher standpoint, Maya is also the Infinite, the Divine Relativity or else the feminine aspect (mahashakti) of the Supreme Principle.
Said differently, being the Absolute, Beyond-Being is also the Sovereign Good (Agathon), that by its nature "desires" to communicate itself through the projection of Maya. The whole manifestation from the first Being (Ishvara) to matter (Prakriti), the lower degree of reality, is indeed the projection of the Supreme Principle (Brahman). The personal God, considered as the creative cause of the world, is only "relatively Absolute," a first determination of Beyond-Being, at the summit of Maya. The Supreme Principle is not only Beyond-Being. It is also the Supreme Self (Atman) and in its innermost essence, the Intellect (buddhi) that is the ray of Consciousness shining down, the axial refraction of Atma within Maya. Advaita Vedanta (IAST ; Devanagari ; IPA ) is the dominant sub-school of the Vedānta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. ... For the Maliki scholar, see Ibn al-Arabi. ... The Meister Eckhart portal of the Erfurt Church. ... Plotinus Plotinus (ancient Greek: ) (ca. ... Atma is a derivation of the sanskrit word atman and means individual soul. ... Maya (illusion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Ishvara (ईश्वर in devanagari script, pronunciation ī:shvərə), also variously transliterated (romanized) as Īshvara, Īshwara, Īshwar, Īśvara, etc. ... Prakrti or Prakriti (from Sanskrit language) is, according to samkhya philosophy the basic matter of which the universe consists. ... Brahman (nominative ) is the concept of the supreme spirit found in Hinduism. ... Atman may refer to a concept in Hindu and Buddhist traditions: Atman (Hinduism) Atman (Buddhism) See also Anatta (anatman) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... bud•dhi Pronunciation: (bOOdē, boodē), [key] —n. ...


The Religio Perennis

Schuon, in more than twenty books written mainly in French, explained the metaphysical principles as well as the spiritual and moral aspects of human life. Schuon’s Religio Perennis cannot be called a new religion with its own dogma and practices. For Schuon, the Religio Perennis is the “underlying Religion,” the “Religion of the Heart” or the Religio Cordis. Esoterists in every orthodox tradition have a more or less direct access to it but it cannot be a question of practicing the Religio Perennis independently. Religious forms can be more or less transparent but religious diversity is not denied for its raison d’être is metaphysically explained. On the one hand formal religions are upaya (“celestial strategy”), superimpositions on the core-essence of the Religio Perennis. On the other hand, religious forms correspond to as many archetypes in the divine Word itself. Religious forms are “willed by God” and each religion corresponds to a particular and homogenous cosmos, characterized by its own perspective on the Absolute. The Perennialist perspective itself can thus be characterized as essentially metaphysical, esoteric, primordial but also traditional. For Schuon, there is no spiritual path outside of a revealed religion, which provides spiritual seekers with a metaphysical doctrine and a spiritual method, but also with a spiritual environment of beauty and sacredness. Upaya is a term in Mahayana Buddhism which is often translated as means, though literally expedient would be more accurate, as upaya (from upa√i) refers to something which goes or brings you up to something (i. ...


The Spiritual Path

According to Schuon the spiritual path is essentially based on the discernment between the Real and the unreal (Atma / Maya); concentration on the Real; and the practice of virtues. Human beings must know the Truth. Knowing the Truth they must then will the Good and concentrate on it. These two aspects correspond to the metaphysical doctrine and the spiritual method. Knowing the Truth and willing the Good human beings must finally love Beauty in their own soul through virtue but also in Nature. In this respect Schuon has insisted on the importance for the authentic spiritual seeker to be aware of what he called "the metaphysical transparency of phenomena". Atma is a derivation of the sanskrit word atman and means individual soul. ... Maya (illusion) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Schuon wrote about different aspects of spiritual life both on the doctrinal and on the practical levels. He explained the forms of the spiritual practices as they have been manifested in various traditional universes. In particular, he wrote on the Invocation of the Divine Name (dhikr, Japa-Yoga, the Prayer of the Heart), considered by hindus as the best and most providential means of realization at the end of the Kali Yuga. As has been noted by the Hindu saint Ramakrishna, the secret of the invocatory path is that God and his Name are one. Dhikr , ذکر (Zikr in Urdu and Zekr in Persian) (Arabic pronouncement, invocation or remembrance) is an Islamic practice that focuses on the remembrance of God. ... Japa, or Japam, is a spiritual discipline in which a devotee repeats a mantra or the name of the God. ... Statue of Shiva performing Yogic meditation Yoga (Devanagari: योग) is a group of ancient spiritual practices originating in India. ... Kali Yuga is also the title of a book by Roland Charles Wagner. ... Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Bangla: রামকৃষ্ণ পরমহংস Ramkrishno Pôromôhongsho), born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay (Bangla: গদাধর চট্টোপাধ্যায় Gôdadhor Chôţţopaddhae) [1], (February 18, 1836–August 16, 1886) was a Hindu religious teacher and an influential figure in the Bengal Renaissance of the Nineteenth century. ...


Quintessential Esoterism

Guenon had pointed out at the beginning of the twentieth century that every religion comprises two main aspects, the Esoterism and the Exoterism. Schuon explained that the esoterism itself displays two aspects, one being an extension of exoterism and the other alien to it to the point of occasionally opposing it; for if it be true that the form “is” in a certain way the essence, the essence on the contrary is by no means the form; the drop is water, but water is not the drop. This second aspect is called by Schuon, Quintessential Esoterism, for it is not limited or expressed totally by one form or theological school and, above all, by a particular religious form as such. Schuon himself considered that his teachings, although located in the framework of the revealed religions such as Islam and Hinduism, were also to be found in Mahayana Buddhism, Neoplatonism and the Native American Traditions).
This “quintessential esoterism” and the Religio Perennis, in the universe of Semitic monotheism, is represented by the Virgin Mary who according to the Persian Sufi Ruzbehan Baqli, is “the Mother of all the Prophets and the Prophecy and the Substance of the original Sainthood”. Esotericism refers to knowledge suitable only for the advanced, privileged, or initiated, as opposed to exoteric knowledge, which is public. ... Exoteric knowledge is knowledge that is publicly available and pertains solely to what is thought to be reality considered manifest outside oneself. ... Relief image of the bodhisattva Kuan Yin from Mt. ... A silhouette of Buddha at Ayutthaya, Thailand. ... Neoplatonism (also Neo-Platonism) is the modern term for a school of religious and mystical philosophy that took shape in the 3rd century AD, based on the teachings of Plato and earlier Platonists. ... The term Virgin Mary has several different meanings: Mary, the mother of Jesus, the historical and multi-denominational concept of Mary Blessed Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic theological and doctrinal concept of Mary Marian apparitions shrines to the Virgin Mary Virgin Mary in Islam, the Islamic theological and doctrinal concept...


"Beauty is the Splendor of the Truth"

Schuon was also an artist, and more precisely, a painter and a poet. The subject of Schuon’s art is on the one hand the Plains Indian world, and on the other hand the mystery of cosmic and human femininity. During the last three years of his life, he wrote approximately 3,500 short didactic poems in his mother tongue German. Throughout his life, Schuon has also written extensively on sacred art and the traditional doctrine of Beauty. For him, like for Plato, "Beauty is the Splendor of the Truth." Sacred art is imagery intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual. ... PLATO was one of the first generalized Computer assisted instruction systems, originally built by the University of Illinois (U of I) and later taken over by Control Data Corporation (CDC), who provided the machines it ran on. ...


Published works

Some of Schuon's major publications are The Transcendent Unity of Religions, Esoterism as Principle and as Way, In the Tracks of Buddhism, Stations of Wisdom, Logic and Transcendence, Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts, Light on the Ancient Worlds, Survey of Metaphysics and Esoterism (1986), The Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy (1990) and Understanding Islam (1994).


References

Books about Schuon and his perspective

Laude, Patrick and Aymard, Jean-Baptiste. Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings. New York: SUNY Press, 2004.


Cutsinger, James. Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon. New York: SUNY Press, 1997.


Oldmeadow, Kenneth. Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy. Sri Lanka: Institute of Traditional, 2000.


The Books by Frithjof Schuon

  • The Transcendent Unity of Religions, 1953

Revised Edition, 1975, 1984, The Theosophical Publishing House, 1993

  • Spiritual Perspectives and Human Facts, 1954, 1969

New Translation, Perennial Books, 1987

  • Gnosis: Divine Wisdom, 1959, 1978, Perennial Books 1990
  • Language of the Self, 1959

Revised Edition, World Wisdom, 1999 World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

  • Stations of Wisdom, 1961, 1980

Revised Translation, World Wisdom, 1995 World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

  • Understanding Islam, 1963, 1965, 1972, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1989

Revised Translation, World Wisdom, 1994, 1998 World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

  • In the Tracks of Buddhism, 1968, 1989

New Translation, Treasures of Buddhism, World Wisdom, 1993 World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

  • Logic and Transcendence, 1975, Perennial Books, 1984
  • Esoterism as Principle and as Way, Perennial Books, 1981, 1990
  • Castes and Races, Perennial Books, 1959, 1982
  • The Essential Writings of Frithjof Schuon (S.H. Nasr, Ed.) , 1986, Element, 1991
  • Survey of Metaphysics and Esoterism, World Wisdom, 1986, 2000
  • The Feathered Sun: Plain Indians in Art & Philosophy, World Wisdom, 1990
  • Images of Primordial & Mystic Beauty: Paintings by Frithjof Schuon, Abodes, 1992

The following collections of Schuon’s works have been published posthumously: World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

  • Songs for a Spiritual Traveler: Selected Poems, World Wisdom, 2002
  • Adastra & Stella Maris: Poems by Frithjof Schuon, World Wisdom, 2003

World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ... World Wisdom is an independent publishing company established in 1980 in Bloomington, Indiana. ...

See also

Spirituality, in a narrow sense, concerns itself with matters of the spirit. ... Sophia Perennis or Eternal wisdom that is the same in all authentic religions and metaphysics. ... The Major religious groups of the world. ... Esotericism refers to knowledge suitable only for the advanced, privileged, or initiated, as opposed to exoteric knowledge, which is public. ... Exoteric knowledge is knowledge that is publicly available and pertains solely to what is thought to be reality considered manifest outside oneself. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... The Traditionalist School of thought (not to be confused with Traditionalist Catholicism), attained its current form with the French metaphysician René Guénon, although its precepts are considered to be timeless and to be found in all authentic traditions. ... René Jean Marie Joseph Guénon (November 15, 1886 – January 7, 1951) also named Sheikh Abd al-Wahid Yahya upon his acceptance of Islam, was a French-born author. ... Martin Lings Martin Lings (Abu Bakr Siraj Ad-Din) (January 24, 1909 – May 12, 2005) was a lifelong student and follower of Frithjof Schuon and a British scholar of Sufism. ... Huston Cummings Smith (born May 31, 1919) is among the preeminent religious studies scholars in the United States. ... Titus Burckhardt, a German Swiss, was born in Florence in 1908 and died in Lausanne in 1984. ... Ivan Aguéli (Johan Gustaf Agelii or Sheikh Abd Al-Hadi Aqhili), (Sala, Sweden May 24, 1869 - Barcelona, Spain October 1, 1917) was a Swedish-born Impressionist painter and Sufi scholar. ... Tage Lindbom and Kurt Almqvist. ... Tage Lindbom Tage Leonard Lindbom (24 October 1909 - 2001), PhD in Political science, party theoretician and director of the archives of the Swedish Social Democratic Party 1938-1965, Muslim convert, representative of the Traditional School and the Perennial philosophy. ... Advaita Vedanta (IAST ; Devanagari ; IPA ) is the dominant sub-school of the Vedānta (literally, end or the goal of the Vedas, Sanskrit) school of Hindu philosophy. ... Hinduism (known as in modern Indian languages[1]) is a religious tradition[2] that originated in the Indian subcontinent. ... Adi Shankara (Malayalam: ആദി ശങ്കരന്‍, Devanāgarī: , , IPA: ); c. ... Tantra (Sanskrit: loom), tantric yoga or tantrism is any of several esoteric traditions rooted in Hindu and Buddhist philosophy. ... Sufism is a mystic tradition within Islam and encompasses a diverse range of beliefs and practices dedicated to divine love and the cultivation of the heart. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ... For the Maliki scholar, see Ibn al-Arabi. ... The Malāmiyya (ملامتيه) are a category of persons, who, in the mystical branch of Islam, sometimes known as Sufism, represent, according to prominent Sufis like Ibn-al-Arabi, the highest category of occulted or hidden Sufi Saint. ... Al-Khadir (right) and Dhul-Qarnayn, here referring to Alexander the Great, marvel at the sight of a salted fish that comes back to life when touched by the Water of Life. ... Rumi (born November 29, 1982) is a Persian-Canadian Singer-songwriter and a Photographer who is currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Christianity percentage by country, purple is highest, orange is lowest Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch... The term Virgin Mary has several different meanings: Mary, the mother of Jesus, the historical and multi-denominational concept of Mary Blessed Virgin Mary, the Roman Catholic theological and doctrinal concept of Mary Marian apparitions shrines to the Virgin Mary Virgin Mary in Islam, the Islamic theological and doctrinal concept... The Meister Eckhart portal of the Erfurt Church. ... Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, also known as pseudo-Denys, refers to the anonymous theologian and philosopher of the 5th century whose Corpus Areopagiticum was falsely ascribed to Dionysius the Areopagite of Acts 17:34. ... Gregory Palamas Gregory Palamas (Γρηγόριος Παλαμάς) (1296 - 1359) was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece and later Archbishop of Thessalonica known as a preeminent theologian of Hesychasm. ... Platonic idealism is the theory that the substantive reality around us is only a reflection of a higher truth. ... PLATO was one of the first generalized Computer assisted instruction systems, originally built by the University of Illinois (U of I) and later taken over by Control Data Corporation (CDC), who provided the machines it ran on. ... Neoplatonism (also Neo-Platonism) is the modern term for a school of religious and mystical philosophy that took shape in the 3rd century AD, based on the teachings of Plato and earlier Platonists. ... Plotinus Plotinus (ancient Greek: ) (ca. ... Native Americans in the United States are the indigenous peoples from the regions of North America now encompassed by the continental United States, including parts of Alaska. ... Eddie Plenty Holes, a Sioux Indian photographed about 1899. ... Black Elk (Hehaka Sapa) (c. ...

External links

  • A web site on the Perennialist/Traditionalist School
  • The official web site on Frithjof Schuon
  • Frithjof Schuon biography at worldwisdom.com
  • Fons Vitae books - Books from Traditionalist School

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Frithjof Schuon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1172 words)
Schuon was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, of German parents.
According to Schuon, this “quintessential esoterism” and the Religio Perennis itself are personified by the Virgin Mary.
Schuon himself considered that his teachings, although located in the frame of Islam and Sufism, were in a certain sense at the confluent of the great religious traditions of the world (Islam, Christianity, Hinduism primarily but also Mahayana Buddhism, Neoplatonism and the Native American Traditions).
Frithjof SCHUON (Spiritus Mundi - Esoterism) (3929 words)
Schuon is known as a philosopher in the literal sense of the word, a "lover of wisdom." It is a wisdom that is inseparable from a sense of the sacred, which is the unique prerogative of humankind.
Schuon is known for his ability of going to the heart of a subject, and these epigrammatic passages are akin to Platonic recollections in their power to rekindle our awareness of the quintessential values that constitute the soul’s certitude, serenity and happiness.
Frithjof Schuon is not a painter who is interested in metaphysics; he is a metaphysician who from time to time produces a painting.
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