Why is it that a speech by Chief Red Cloud
On some earthly subject moves us deeply,
Whereas stilted school-philosophy
Is like dead leaves scattered by the wind?
A scholar spoke to a weary assembly
On Scripture exegesis and theology;
After him came Rumi, who spoke of his cat:
The crowd was moved as never before.
The person who says this or that to you,
Is sometimes more real than what he said;
For his personal greatness bestows infinitely more
Than what outwardly he dared to say.
'Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy'
By Frithjof Schuon (Author)
The essentially spiritual and symbolist outlook of Indian civilisation is brought to light as Schuon focuses on the fundamental elements of Plains religion and the culture to which it gave rise. Here is a message of Truth Holiness and human grandeur harbouring within itself something mysterious and sacred which it expresses with profound originality.