Gnosis: Divine Wisdom, A New Translation with Selected by Frithjof Schuon

By Frithjof Schuon

This new version of Frithjof Schuon's vintage paintings, Gnosis: Divine knowledge, is a completely revised translation of the latest French variation, and has an intensive Appendix containing formerly unpublished letters and different inner most writings.

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This digression allows us to assess more easily the danger that modern influences involve for non-doctrinal and “practical” bhakti; one can see among certain Hindu reformers how a profane humanitarianism, which they evidently did not suppose to be such, nevertheless redounded upon their “theology”: in order to save God’s honor or excuse His existence, it was necessary to reduce God to the colthey require, it is necessary to know what man is; it is necessary to envisage the human being in his totality or not be concerned with him at all.

According to this second view, the world is comparable to concentric circles which, while reflecting the center, never attain it, so that there is absolute separation; according to the first perspective, on the contrary, the world is like a star, every ray of which unites the periphery to the central point; and this perspective, which is that of “metaphysical transparency” or “essential identity”, sees God in everything that exists and “sees” Him or “realizes” Him in a certain manner in the impersonal and universal mystery of the Intellect.

43 Gnosis: Divine Wisdom lective soul, even if this meant leaving Him a place in an ill-defined subjective experience. In a general way, one thing Orientals who seek to be spiritual as well as westernized seem not to understand is that if their fathers had thought “freely” like themselves as little as two centuries ago, there would today be no spirituality, either “conservative” or still less “progressive”; in other words these people live on a heritage they despise and are squandering unwittingly, just as Westerners have already been doing for a long time.

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