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Echoes of Perennial Wisdom: A New Translation with Selected Letters
Echoes of Perennial Wisdom: A New Translation with Selected Letters
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Perennial Philosophy
Spiritual Life

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ISBN:  978-1-936597-00-0
Book Size:  5.5" x 8.5"
# of Pages:  148
Language:  English



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This revised collection of brief and inspiring passages on the spiritual life were selected from Schuon’s unpublished letters and papers as well as from his books. They discuss our relationship with God, the importance of prayer, the meaning of virtue, the significance of beauty in our lives as well as other spiritual themes. This edition has been re-translated and expanded to include 19 additional pages of moving excerpts.

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Detailed Description of "Echoes of Perennial Wisdom" (2012 edition)

This revised collection of brief and inspiring passages on the spiritual life were selected from Schuon’s unpublished letters and papers as well as from his books. They discuss our relationship with God, the importance of prayer, the meaning of virtue, the significance of beauty in our lives as well as other spiritual themes. This edition has been re-translated and expanded to include 19 additional pages of moving excerpts.

AWARDS

  • Winner in the “Spirituality: Inspirational” category of The USA “Best Books 2012” Awards, sponsored by USA Book News



About the author and editor

Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is best known as the foremost spokesman of the “Traditionalist” or “Perennialist” school and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. He wrote more than two dozen books on metaphysical, spiritual, artistic, and ethnic themes and was a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon’s writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities. Besides his prose writings, Schuon was also a prolific poet (see a listing of Schuon's poetry books) and a gifted painter of images that always portrayed the beauty and power of the divine, and the nobility and virtue of primordial humanity.

World Wisdom features a series titled "The Writings of Frithjof Schuon", which includes many new editions of classic books by Schuon in new translations and with additional materials. Our online Library contains many articles and poems written by Frithjof Schuon, allowing readers to see a representative sample of his remarkable body of work.

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Patrick Casey

Patrick Casey served as an aide and secretary to Frithjof Schuon for over 20 years. After earning a degree in Religious Studies from Indiana University in 1975, Casey traveled to Switzerland to meet Schuon for the first time. In the early 1980s, after Schuon had moved to America, Casey approached him with the idea of collecting the letters he had sent over the years to correspondents in America, England, Germany, Switzerland, and elsewhere. With Schuon’s approval, Casey began a process that resulted in the collection of more than 1,500 letters; many of these have since been published in various works, while some appear for the first time in the Appendix to Frithjof Schuon's Echoes of Perennial Wisdom: A New Translation with Selected Letters, edited by Patrick Casey.

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Reviews of "Echoes of Perennial Wisdom" (2012 edition)

“People sometimes say that they find Frithjof Schuon’s writings ‘difficult’. I do not myself share this view, as I think that his writings quickly reveal their crystalline message to a patient and close reading. But, be that as it may, several ‘easy’ modes of access to Schuon’s thought are now available: firstly, his poems, both English and German; then his letters, some of which are already published; and now a selection of ‘echoes’: choice extracts gleaned from the whole of his literary corpus. This little book is a unique anthology of wisdom, a timeless treasury of light and love, that will shower your mind, heart and soul with brilliant insights and profound spiritual encouragement.”
William Stoddart, author of Remembering in a World of Forgetting and What do the Religions say about Each Other?: Christian Attitudes towards Islam; Islamic Attitudes towards Christianity



“‘It is less the pettinesses of the world that poison us than the fact of thinking of them too much.’ This and hundreds of other excerpts from the writings from the internationally renowned theologian and author Frithjof Schuon are presented in this newly revised edition by his long-term assistant, Patrick Casey. Thoughtful and inspiring spiritual statements such as ‘To give oneself to God is to give God to the world’ originate from [this] leader of the Perennialist school, but can resonate with people across faith traditions. Schuon’s poetic and artistic abilities infuse these spiritual writings: ‘Life is a dream, and to think of God is to awaken.’

“This collection of Schuon’s sayings, some a sentence in length, some paragraphs in length, is drawn from his many published books, articles, and letters. Intentionally compiled without thematic chapters or subject headings, the book presents stand-alone quotations, with each excerpt able to be read alone and then reflected upon for application. While the inclusion of a chapter organization, topic index, or explanatory essay unifying the teachings or placing them into a greater context would have made this collection a useful reference, such was not the stated intention of the editor. Instead, having each statement set apart prompts the reader to meditate on the wisdom in the teaching and the poetry in its phrasing.

“This revised and expanded edition adds much to the prior 1992 World Wisdom printing, including twenty pages of excerpts from previously unpublished documents, citations for all of the excerpts in the book, and retranslations from the original French and German. Biographical sketches of Schuon and the editor and lists of related books are also included.

Echoes of Perennial Wisdom is highly recommended for anyone looking for a collection of thought provoking spiritual statements, including this beautiful example: ‘The Way is simple; it is man who is complicated.’”
C. William Gee, writing in a review of the book for ForeWord Reviews



“Wisdom knows no time and knows no language. Echoes of Perennial Wisdom is a fine volume of spiritual and philosophical writings from Frithjof Schuon, who walks readers through the many aspects of our lives and tries to offer something simple and that would unite us all with its philosophy. A sage read from a student of life and religion, Echoes of Perennial Wisdom is an excellent addition to any self-help and philosophy collection, highly recommended.”
The Midwest Book Review


Excerpts from "Echoes of Perennial Wisdom" (2012 edition)

Whether we like it or not, we live surrounded by mysteries, which logically and existentially draw us towards transcendence.

The way towards God always involves an inversion: from outwardness one must pass to inwardness, from multiplicity to unity, from dispersion to concentration, from egoism to detachment, from passion to serenity.

The world scatters us, and the ego compresses us; God gathers us together and dilates us, He appeases us and delivers us.

Man yearns for happiness because Beatitude, which is made of beauty and love, is his very substance.

The intelligence may well affirm metaphysical and eschatological truths; the imagination—or the sub-conscious—continues to believe firmly in the world, neither in God nor in the hereafter; every man is a priori hypocritical. The path is precisely the passage from natural hypocrisy to spiritual sincerity.

Man is made for the contemplation of the Infinite, and pleasures, while transmitting something of the Infinite through their effective symbolism, turn the soul away from It in the vast majority of cases—and they do this as a result of our fall. In pleasure, the mind is turned away from the Infinite; it is so to speak engulfed in the finite; and since pleasure calls for repetition, it becomes habitual, so that the forgetting of God becomes a habit, as does also the cult of vanities. Man absorbed by pleasure becomes pleasure, he ceases to be himself; the soul is ensnared by the periphery, it is as if deprived of its center.



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