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A Definition of the Perennial Philosophy
Ernest Thompson Seton explains "The Gospel of the Redman"
World Wisdom's Spiritual Classics series
The Sermon of All Creation: Christians on Nature
Insights into the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers
Noble Faces, Strong Voices: Exploring "The Spirit of Indian Women"
Spiritual Poetry
Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Art
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
The Universal Spirit of Islam: Keys for Interfaith Understanding
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"The idea of one Great Oversoul is widely spread among the Indians; not universal, perhaps, but much more widely spread than in the Old World. All of our best Indians believe apparently in one Great God. From among many recorded statements, I quote the following by Grinnell. In his discussion of the Pawnee belief in the Great Spirit, whom they call Tirawa, he says: “Tirawa is an intangible spirit, omnipotent and beneficent. He pervades the universe, and is a Supreme Ruler. Upon His will depends everything that happens."



"He can bring good or bad; can give success or failure. Everything rests with Him. . . . nothing is undertaken without a prayer to the Father for assistance. “When the pipe is lighted, the first whiffs are blown to the Deity. When food is eaten, a small portion is placed on the ground [or in the fire] as a sacrifice to Him."

Seton's drawings of ceremonial pipes.
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