The sacred Scripture of shamanism is contained, not in a book, but in the symbols of nature on the one hand and in the substance of the soul on the other, the soul moreover reflecting, and prolonging, the external world; from this it results that if on the one hand the dogmas of this religion are expressed by the signs of surrounding nature, on the other hand the soul has access to the mysteries to the extent that it is capable, morally and ritually, of detaching itself from appearances and entering into contact with its own supernatural essence. All this is true in principle and virtually, and must not make us forget the degeneration of vast sectors of shamanism; but it is not the accidental human facts that matter here, it is the principle envisaged and its fundamental reality.
Source and Recommended Reading:
'Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy'
By Harry Oldmeadow (Author)
This is the first comprehensive study of the intellectual and spiritual message of world-renowned philosopher Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998), the foremost spokesman of the Perennialist or Traditionalist school of comparative religious thought. Intended primarily as an introductory guide to Schuon's writings, Harry Oldmeadow's book focuses on Schuon's exposition of metaphysics and the transcendent unity of religions , his presentation of the religious traditions of East and West (including the spiritual heritage of the American Indians), his criticism of the modern world, and his views on sacred art and beauty. Also included is an overview of Schuon's paintings and poetry, as well as his insights on prayer and virtue in the spiritual life. This ground-breaking work provides the general reader with a coherent and systematic account of the Perennial Philosophy and covers all aspects of Schuon's work. Foreword by William Stoddart.