Man’s customary play of thoughts is not being but doing and existing, escape from being and severance from being; it is movement, not essence. The play of thoughts is not what is innermost, not pure consciousness, not innermost witness, not centre, but form and outwardness, hardening and scission, duality and not unison.
The play of thoughts is joy in this or that, not joy in being nor in the centre, the innermost; joy in things, not joy in Joy.
Men flee from Being and Self; they veil pure Being with existence and action, just as they veil the innermost Self with the ego and with things. But God is pure Being which reconciles all opposites.
We have to realize an equilibrium between finite and Infinite. This equilibrium can only proceed from the Infinite, only be determined by the Infinite; the finite, the creature, cannot find the equilibrium, has no scales of measurement for it. For these scales of measurement could only come from Mercy.
A hundred years ago some poet racked his brains over some worthless play; somewhere in the world someone is dreaming of success, a statesman is greedily absorbed in some petty project; yesterday a Zen monk swept the floor-boards in Kyoto; and today, quite near, a cricket chirps in the grass. The world is mad.
One might object that every being, every man, is so completely locked into a narrow world of experience, in a picture-book, in a dream. Yes and no, and in a certain sense: absolutely not! I have seen venerable men in whom one could perceive no trace of being locked into a dream-world, nor any trace of aridity; they looked as if they had experienced everything that can be experienced and as if they were conscious of all possible limits and of the Unlimited.
'Primordial Meditation: Contemplating the Real'
By Frithjof Schuon (Author), Gillian Harris (Translator), Angela Schwartz (Translator)
A collection of aphorisms on metaphysics and spirituality by a world authority on comparative religion and hermeneutics. This is the first English publication of a collection of youth journals, displaying the themes of his later work with unique vigour and intensity. A profound blend of the most evocative poetry and the most demanding metaphysics.