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From the Divine to the Human:
A New Translation with Selected Lett
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From the Divine to the Human: A New Translation with Selected Letters
From the Divine to the Human: A New Translation with Selected Letters
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Perennial Philosophy

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ISBN:  978-1-936597-32-1
Book Size:  6" x 9"
# of Pages:  208
Language:  English



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In this synthesis of his whole message, Frithjof Schuon invites us to explore our relationship with the Divine. Covering topics as diverse as our sense of the sacred, the conditions of our existence, and the question of accepting or refusing God’s message, Schuon paves the way for a true spiritual engagement. This revised edition, fully retranslated from the original French, contains an appendix of previously unpublished writings, as well as editor’s notes and a glossary.
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Detailed Description of “From the Divine to the Human”

In this synthesis of his whole message, Frithjof Schuon invites us to explore our relationship with the Divine. Covering topics as diverse as our sense of the sacred, the conditions of our existence, and the question of accepting or refusing God’s message, Schuon paves the way for a true spiritual engagement. This revised edition, fully retranslated from the original French, contains an appendix of previously unpublished writings, as well as editor’s notes and a glossary.

Schuon is known as a philosopher in the literal sense of the word, a “lover of wisdom.” It is a wisdom that is inseparable from a sense of the sacred, which is the unique prerogative of humankind. The diverse subjects covered by these essays include a discussion on the symbolism of the human body, an outline of spiritual anthropology as well as a chapter on the structure and universality of the conditions of existence. Underlying this diversity of topics, is a perspective that combines mathematical rigor with a kind of musical profundity. The entry of the Absolute into the world of time and space gives birth to the traditional worlds, the great Revelations that manifest in so many ways both Divine Unity and human immortality. As Schuon writes, “the man for whom each Message is providentially destined must recognize in it what is best in himself; he cannot escape the truth of his call any more than he can escape existentially the reality of his heart."


About the Author and Editor of “From the Divine to the Human”

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 Laude

Patrick Laude is a writer, editor, professor, and researcher in the fields of language, literature, symbolism, and mysticism. He is a professor at Georgetown University, currently at their School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Laude's writings have been published in the US and Europe in numerous journals. Dr. Laude's extensive contributions to World Wisdom include:

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Reviews of “From the Divine to the Human”

“ Reading From the Divine to the Human by Frithjof Schuon, one of the preeminent religious thinkers of the twentieth century, is not an easy task. It is well worth the effort, however, as an intellectually, linguistically, and spiritually challenging endeavor. First published in France in 1981, this edition has been newly translated and includes an appendix with excerpts from Schuon’s correspondence and previously unpublished writings, editor’s notes, and a glossary.

“The book sports a beautifully illustrated and professional cover. An informative and necessary editor’s preface and a foreword by the author serve as a primer for those new to Schuon’s distinctive style, which is heavy on dense concepts that often require several readings to grasp, as well as lengthy but well-structured sentences. . . .

“Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus searching for a unifying theme to their teachings will find a compassionate and open-minded ally in Schuon, whose philosophy is that all religions have the same Divine source. Word and language lovers will also find From the Divine to the Human a pleasure to read, with obscure and multisyllabic words appearing several times on every page. Further, the abundance of Latin, Greek, Arabic, and Sanskrit terms make the excellent glossary a priceless reference tool.

“Schuon also tackles . . . issues of how and why a loving God allows evil in all of its manifestations. Additionally, solid refutations of the logic of the atheistic and scientific viewpoints about evolution and the existence of God play a central role in Schuon’s metaphysics.

From the Divine to the Human would be an appropriate addition to bookshelves in a number of genres—from metaphysics to religious thought to spirituality—and would appeal to seasoned religious scholars as well as the curious layperson.”
—from a review in ForeWord Reviews by Patty Sutherland



“[Schuon is] the most important religious thinker of our century.”
Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions



“This synthesis of the whole metaphysical message of Schuon, summarizes in three sections his teachings concerning epistemology, metaphysics, and the science of man.… The second section present[s] the most succinct and complete study he has ever made on the nature of the Divine Principle.”
Seyyed Hossein Nasr, The George Washington University, author of The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity and editor of The Essential Frithjof Schuon



“This luminous survey … cannot but dissipate the difficulties and troubles that modern mankind often encounters when confronted with the necessary, but sometimes disappointing, exclusivism of revealed religions and the ‘human margin’ that at times obscures them.”
Patrick Laude, Georgetown University, co-author of Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings and author of Pathways to an Inner Islam


Table of Contents

    Editor's Preface
    Foreword

    Part One: Subectivity and Knowledge
  • Consequences Flowing frorn the Mysteryof Subjectivity
  • Aspects of the Theophanic Phenomenonof Consciousness
  • Transcendence Is Not Contrary to Sense
  • Creation as a Divine Quality

    Part Two: Divine and Universal Order
  • The Interplay of the Hypostases
  • The Problem of Possibility
  • Structure and Universality of the Conditionsof Existence

    Part Three: Human World
  • Outline of a Spiritual Anthropology
  • The Message of the Human Body
  • The Sense of the Sacred
  • To Refuse or To Accept Revelation

    Appendices



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