What matters, for man, is not the diversity of the events he may experience as they stretch out along the magic thread we call duration, but perseverance in the remembrance which takes us outside time and raises us above our hopes and fears. This remembrance already dwells in eternity; in it the succession of actions is only illusory, prayer being one; prayer is thereby already a death, a meeting with God, an eternity of bliss.
What is the world if not a flow of forms, and what is life if not a cup which seemingly is emptied between one night and another? And what is prayer, if not the sole stable point--a point of peace and light--in this dream universe, and the straight gate leading to all that the world and life have sought in vain? In the life of man, these four certitudes are all: the present moment, death, the encounter with God, eternity. Death is an exit, a world which closes down; the meeting with God is like an opening toward a fulgurating and immutable infinitude; eternity is a fullness of being in pure light; and the present moment is, in our duration, an almost ungraspable 'place' where we are already eternal--a drop of eternity amid the ceaseless shiftings of forms and melodies. Prayer gives to the terrestrial instant its full weight of eternity and its divine value; it is the sacred ship bearing its load, through life and death, towards the further shore, towards the silence of light--but at bottom it is not prayer which traverses time as it repeats itself, it is time which, so to speak, halts before the already celestial unicity of prayer.
'Echoes of Perennial Wisdom: A New Translation with Selected Letters'
By Frithjof Schuon, Edited by Patrick Casey (Author)
This new edition is a collection of brief passages which focus on the spiritual life, including such simple and concrete aspects as the nature of faith and our relationship with God, the importance of prayer, the meaning of virtue, and the significance of beauty in our lives. The selections are taken from Schuon's unpublished letters and papers as well as from his books. The free-flowing arrangement of the excerpts allows the reader to explore the author's writings in an almost carefree manner,as if taking a meditative stroll through a garden. This edition has been re-translated and expanded to include 19 pages of additional inspiring passages.
'Wisdom knows no time and knows no language. "Echoes of Perennial Wisdom" is a fine volume of spiritual and philosophical writings from Frithjof Schuon who walks readers through the many aspects of our lives and tries to offer something simple and that would unite us all with its philosophy. A sage read from a student of life and religion, "Echoes of Perennial Wisdom" is an excellent addition to any self-help and philosophy collection, highly recommended.
(Midwest Book Review)