'Every man loves to live in light and in fresh air; no one loves to be locked up in a dark, airless tower. It is thus that one ought to love the virtues; and it is thus that one ought to hate the vices. No man who enjoys light or air would dream of saying: 'I am the sun', or 'I am the sky'; one loves the atmosphere of light and air, and that is why one enters into it. It is thus that one must enter into the virtues: because they are self-evident by their nature and because one loves their ambiance.'
'The Essential Frithjof Schuon'By Frithjof Schuon (Author), Seyyed Hossein Nasr (Editor)
Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) was widely acknowledged as the foremost 20th century exponent of the Perennial Philosophy. These selections chosen under his supervision were approved by him during his lifetime and confirmed as a representative volume of his magisterial writings. Covering a enormous range of topics on the nature of religion esotericism and mysticism love and knowledge of God theology and philosophy Schuon's unique approach to comparative religion metaphysics aesthetics prayer the spiritual path and criticism of the modern world this volume opens the way to understanding one of the most influential philosophers and spiritual leaders of our time. There is no better point of entry for the reader seeking to understand the vast intellectual and spiritual world of and the Perennial Philosophy. The special nature of the message of Frithjof Schuon is revealed with radiant clarity in the selections chosen for this volume. These essays were approved by Schuon in his lifetime and confirmed by him as a definitive collection of his essential writings. Frithjof Schuon had a unique ability to penetrate to the heart of the world's great spiritual traditions revealing new dimensions that astounded general readers and scholars alike. Schuon insights on religion prayer the spiritual life aesthetics philosophy theology traditional civilization and the errors of modernism shine throughout this book. There is nowhere a better point of entry into the perspective of this towering figure of philosophy and comparative religion than this volume. The introduction by Seyyed Hossein Nasr will be of great assistance to the reader wishing to better understand the thought of the man about whom Huston Smith wrote: intellectually a propos religion equally in depth and breadth the paragon of our time.