When God is removed from the universe, it becomes a desert of rocks or ice; it is deprived of life and warmth, and every man who still has a sense of the integrally real refuses to admit that this should be reality; for if reality were made of rocks, there would be no place in it for flowers or any beauty or sweetness whatsoever. Similarly for the soul: remove faith - including that element of faith that forms part of gnosis- and the soul becomes impoverished, chilled, rigid and embittered, or it falls into a hedonism unworthy of the human state; moreover, the one does not preclude the other, for blind passions always overlay a heart of ice, in short, a heart that is 'dead'.
'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work, is a fully revised translation from the French original and contains an extensive Appendix with previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and other private writings.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.