In reliance upon God there lies a great mystery or miracle. This is the key to spiritual unfolding; inward repose in God, outward reliance upon God, abandoning things to the Divine Wisdom and Goodness; we should place our cares in His hands and take out rest in Him like a carefree child. Be inwardly with God, and He will be outwardly with you. Even so the Prophet said: “Whoso protecteth God in his heart, him will God protect in the world.”
In life we may indeed seek refuge in the great, but again and again find ourselves face to face with pettiness and, when it wounds us, we run the risk of answering it with pettiness: for this is its very nature, to entice man into its own narrowness. Greatness we have only from God and in God, for everything truly great is so through God; in Him alone lie our refuge from the mortal pettiness of the world and our answer to the petty. When the petty, the futile assails you, do not be petty and futile yourself, but be great through thanking God for this experience, which shows you once again that worldly things are petty and futile; and submit your case to God, without tormenting yourself with questions. Do not try to puzzle things out on their own meaningless level, do not seek to compel what is meaningless to have a meaning and do not be meaningless yourself; but take things by their root, which lies in your own self; do not contend with the petty, but understand why it is the petty and why it is there and must be there; remember what greatness is, and give your neighbor greatness where you can; for every being is bound up with God and so has greatness in him; pettiness is only a darkening cloud and an outward din.
In the All-Holy Truth and in pure Prayer there is no narrowness and no bitterness, but only breadth and soft, cooling peace.
'Logic and Transcendence: A New Translation with Selected Letters'
By Frithjof Schuon (Author)
This new edition of LOGIC AND TRANSCENDENCE, Schuon's most important philosophical work, is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and other private writings. LOGIC AND TRANSCENDENCE contains chapters devoted to specifically philosophical questions such as the contradiction of relativism, the notion of the concrete and abstract and the limitations of rationalism; it, also, contains some of Schuon's most succinct theological discussions concerning both Christian and Islamic theology. The last part of the book turns to diverse questions of the spiritual life, including a discussion of the function of the spiritual master and concludes with a study of man and certitude.