❰BOOKS❯ ✯ De l'Unité transcendante des Religions Author Frithjof Schuon – Peakpopa.info
Correspondence from Gu non to Schuon about this book Le Caire, 16 avril 1946Merci pour les envois successifs des chapitres de votre livre, maintenant compl t je le trouve du plus grand int r t, et il aurait t assur ment bien regrettable que vous ne vous d cidiez pas l crire Je ne vois vraiment pas quelles modifications je pourrais vous sugg rer, ni ce qu il pourrait y avoir ajouter ou retrancher je crois que ce qui se rapporte au Christianisme, en particulier, n avait jamais t pr sent sous ce jour, et cela pourra aider certains comprendre bien des choses Il importe que ce livre puisse para tre le plus t t possible Luc Benoist m avait parl de la fin de cette ann e, mais, comme la r dition de la Crise du Monde moderne para t devoir se faire plus t t qu il ne le disait alors, j esp re que cela avancera d autant la publication des volumes suivants de la collection, c est dire de votre livre en premier lieu, et ensuite de celui de Coomaraswamy sur Hindouisme et Bouddhisme Pour ce qui est de votre nouveau titre, il me semble en effet pr f rable au premier parce qu il est plus court, et que peut tre aussi il semblera plus clair aux lecteurs qui ne sont pas encore habitu s notre terminologie Votre chapitre sur les formes d art sera certainement tr s bien pour le volume de Bharata Iyer Schuon approaches the perrenial philosophy in two ways by making the distinction between the esoteric and the exoteric form of a religion and by assessing there unity according to pure metaphysics, unlike most by making comparisons And even when making comparisons, they are mostly made according to temperaments and dispositions rather than through their exoteric shell Both of these approaches make the perennial philosophy clearer amongst those who confuse a religions outer and inner dimensions and there by rejecting the perrenial philosophy and by assessing the religions through the Divine Intellect with Pure metaphysics rather than through the limiting catagories of modern philosophy.Following the Platonic tradition, Schuon argues for the trascendental or esoteric unity behind all the worlds religions while acknowledging the existence, the importance and yet the limiting factors of the exoteric Even though the true essence of all religions and thereby there unity is within the esoteric, this inner truth can only be directly accessed through metaphysics something that requires the few The pupose of the exoteric dimension there for is to abstract the esoteric into Symbols dogmas, creeds and sacraments that way the layman can participate in that truth, according to their spiritual perception Even though the intentions mean well for making it accessible to all, there is a risk as we all know of people either making the dogma literal where a literal interpretation has no place or people merely going through the motions of the sacraments without any spiritual awareness Schuon also discusses the redemptive importance of sacred art and it s usage as a window into eternity Even though he explains the importance of beauty, he is very critical of, naturalistic art whose subject is an end in itself without any pointing towards the sacred or whose images are mere copies of objects Sacred art must not only be symbolic, but , imitate the creative act, not the thing created and abstract the essential trascendental characteristics of the object subject These qualifications lead him to be disgusted with western art from the gothic era, the renaissance and onwards to Modernism Even though I think his criticism of, naturalism is insencere, there s no doubt that sacred art plays an important role in the perrenial philosophy.What is great about Schuon his is vast knowledge about all the worlds religion and by the objectivity he has towards them So many writers are either sloppy with their thinking or either too proud of their, knowledge Schuon writes with intention and love that s truly intellectual in the right sense His biggest contribution even though Miester Echart made this point in the 13th century is that the Intellect is not to be confused with reason the mode of thinking that s conditioned by our biases, riddled with our experiences, temporal and part of the flux of the world Reason has bread all the petty materialisms, imperialisms, empiricisms, positivisms and skepticisms that has made it impossible for the modern to find any claim for Truth possible Truly, this world is symbolic of a higher one that has emanated from the One just as our Kantanian Catagories are platonic reflections of the Divine Intellect To escape these Catagories by looking to where they point and then returning to them, one can sit back and watch the cosmic dance of Maya play in front and within you If Schuon was a sage or in fact a bodhisattva, reading his work should confirm that intuition. Popular Books, De L Unit Transcendante Des Religions By Frithjof Schuon This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book De L Unit Transcendante Des Religions, Essay By Frithjof Schuon Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You The transcendent unity of religions Frithjof Schuon The book s main premise is that all main religions share a common ground This is actually the crux of the school of thought called Perennial Philosophy By analogy, we can take the example of the duality between the platonic world of ideas and the world of appearances the reflection of the ideas the essence of of religions is the same but is dissipated into multiple forms and adapted to the culture of the civilization Ideas are eternal, while their reflections are transitory, subject to the changes of space, time and causality Although many objects are relatively distinct, they may be the shadows of the same idea or archetype from which they originated And how should someone discover the essence of all religious ideologies The author distinguishes between exoterism the religious knowledge known to the masses and esoterism the knowledge known for the initiates While the exoteric knowledge may be dependent on the culture, the exoteric one may be considered universal or transcendent I have to admit that I m already familiar with this unity of religions popularized intensely by the New Age movement The New Age movement is obviously the monstrous product of the postmodern era where syncretism, hybridization and juxtaposition are the main characteristics of the zeitgeist On the other hand, while the Perennial Philosophy bases its ideas on the true tradition, the New age movement is just a mumbo jumbo mixture between different pieces of every religions, pseudo spiritualism, channeling, etc, or simply put the monstrous creature of the dr Frankenstein of the religions. I ll start off with this quote as a warning to other fools like meWe wish to state clearly that this is never with the intention of convincing opponents whose minds are already made up, but simply to enable those who wish to understand to get a glimpse of certain aspects of reality it is for the latter alone that we are writing, and we decline to enter into polemics that would have no interest for our eventual contradictors or for ourselfp 94 What this means is that Schuon is working with certain very controversial axioms eg the existence of God, his Grace, his Mercy, and his Love which he does not even always explicitly state and which he has no intention of calling into question, even for argument s sake So don t come into this book expecting to be convinced like I did.An experience similar to Buber s I and Thou, in that both were very interesting books to read but are very hard to rate This is by no means a study, but of an extended essay, which is not to say it doesn t have research behind it Schuon seems I recognize my limitations to make any judgements on the matter to be astonishingly well versed in the three monotheisms, the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, which are the focal point of this work contrary to what the title and the cover art of this Quest Book edition might imply , but there are occasional glimpses into erudition on other religious traditions, though to grasp their significance one should be better versed in religious studies than I By the way, true to his heritage German , Schuon writes in extremely long run on sentences and I seem to have been infected.I m sure the basic premise of the book is obvious Even though the whole is not very focused and even feels slightly unfinished, it is packed with interesting observations and comments regarding the three monotheisms and their essential unity Even if one doesn t believe in this Unity with a capital u for the same reasons as Schuon, one can still glean many a fascinating insight from the work For example, Schuon asserts that Christianity is essentially an esoteric offshoot of Judaism With all the new information on primitive Christianity that s come to light in the half a century since Schuon wrote this book, it has become a very attractive theory Islam Schuon sees as a synthesis of the exoteric and esoteric bents of Judaism and Christianity, which emphasize Law and Mercy respectively This synthesis nature of Islam is, Schuon claims, the reason for its fundamentalism and totalitarianism, so to speak the tendency of Islamic theocracy As a side note all this gives one the impression Schuon holds a sort of Hegelian view of religious history Like with Buber, a summation seems impossible A captivating read Challenging and equally rewarding. Schuon compares the great religions to spokes in a wheel, all leading to the one center It s hard to imagine a important message for our times. Perennialism or better, especially Traditionalism, is of an understandable answer to the challenges for religion after the enlightenment considering questions and conclusions not posited before , than an answer in itself To problematic is the mix of universalism and isolationism which mirrors in a telling way the thoughts of pan europeanists and ethnopluralists The main problem with these groups, be they religious or political, is, that they cannot tell ontology and epistemology apart and use it in a proper way Be this as it may, the chapter on the metaphysics of religion was still quite good and educative for people who try to think the plurality of religions as unity which is the great desideratum of religions. In The Transcendent Unity of Religions, Schuon presents the most nuanced, complete, and compelling perspective I have yet to encounter on topics such as the origins and functions of religion Schuon s style is dense albeit very clear for the critical reader, delving deep into the metaphysical aspect of religious reality The Perennialist perspective that Schuon develops here provides a particularly poignant rebuttal to religious reductionism, both from the standpoint of the atheist and the modern religious fundamentalist. One of the most tedious trends in twentieth century academia is the endless proliferation of relativist religious studies comparative religion multicultural studies b.s about how all world religions are really the same I feel like it should be painfully obvious to everyone why this is not true while there is indeed a very basic similarity to most religions i.e., renounce your ego in some fashion, there is some sort of ultimate ontological grounding that is not immediately apparent to the senses , and while there are some fascinating connections between, e.g., Sufism and Orthodox Christianity, the idea that all religions are really the same could only occur to someone who has 1 not entered deeply into any one tradition and or 2 is a religious studies professor All religions do not, to put it lightly contra Rudolf Otto and everyone after him, up to and including John Hick , have the same core experience that is somehow translated into different religions This would be like saying that there s really only one human emotion, called emotion, that is then translated into anger, fear, joy, ecstasy, love, etc anyone who has actually experienced these emotions knows that this is comically false In other words, I think it s fair to say that left hand path Tantric orgies, or the Ch d s dhana of Tibetan Buddhism where one offers one s own body to be consumed by demons , are maybe just a tiny bit different experientally, dogmatically, etc than the experience of Anglicans at prayer I understand the motives behind the hermeticist spiritualism perennial philosophy of Schuon as well as the present day spiritual but not religious crowd they all mean well, I think I also understand the anodyne let s all get along vibe behind wanting all religions to be combined in a vague United Nations melting pot of mainstream liberal niceness, where there are no sharp edges and no one takes religion too seriously, and every Muslim and Christian realizes that their truth is only true for them and, naturally, that the only absolute truth is the rights and tolerance language of the late capitalist liberal secular state but the facts on the ground do not bear this out. Interesting book, except that perennialism is an incredible illusion and fallacy in the sense that perennialists argue against egalitarianism in the social order but proceed to tell you that all religions are still equally valid in our time They tell you that they understand the absolutist claim in each religion, but they are above it and relativise it, and then proceed to deny being relativists They tell you that one has to be traditionnal, but being traditional entails being absolutist and totally non perennialistic Fallacy upon fallacy, in the name of misunderstood esoterism Additional implicit contradictions lie in the fact that one cannot claim to talk from the point of view of the absolute, then proceed to tell you that his reference point is esoterism through his understanding of Advaita Vedanta and Shankara this is, Schuon s claim himself , needless to say, it is already relativised If there are many roads with the intention of reaching the top of the mountain, with divine providence, some roads get blocked, and something else is made available.Taking the Limits of Religous Expansion in another way contrary to what Schuon means with it , that is, we can see that there is one religion that has reached, unlike all others, parts of all them From Andalusia to India to China And this, since its first centuries and original expansion This geographical hint is enough to let some people ponder Proving that it is indeed made for all human mentalities, whether they eat with chopsticks, spoons or with the hands directly Therefore the constant Schuonian obsession of putting semitic below aryan falls.Claims to see the absolute in all religions, but through most of his books puts the semitic ones below the aryan not so universal after all it seems As this implies there are things better than others On s emploie favoriser d autres auteurs comme le font les anglo saxons lorsqu ils mettent en avant Frithjof Schuon L unit transcendante des religions est une mani re d occulter l unit immanente proclam e par l isl m dont la loi s impose tous, car elle fixe le r gime traditionnel final de la pr sente humanit C A Gilis I find it very peculiar that the most available english edition is now published by Quest Books Theosophical Publishing House since 1993 Taking in consideration that the author is supposedly against such nonsense and syncretism, something is definitely fishy here.