This profoundly challenging book is logical, convincing, but most of all is a joy to read! Joy is one of those magical qualities that can so enrich our lives. Find it with this superb selection of illustrated quotes and reflections! From the Publisher The title of this book deserves careful thought, for the full measure of its implications may not at first be evident.
Library of Perennial Philosophy Paperback: World Wisdom November 30, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Schuon was born in Switzerland where he was brought up as a Protestant before becoming a Roman Catholic. Later he explored Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, shamanism and other religions.
He is now considered by some to be the most important twentieth-century exponent of the perennial philosophy. In one sense, everything he wrote is on prayer.
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Schuon, along with many spiritual advisors, encourages early morning prayer. I experimented once for three months with a small group who read a psalm each day and rewrote it in our own words. Then we shared one of our psalms with the others each week. We found it a challenging and satisfying practice. Schuon's simple advice about prayer is this: Reading Schuon is almost impossible for me in a "full-book" format because I don't have the ability or patience to wade through the tons of material. Cutsinger does an excellent job of taking relevant and wonderful of course pieces of many of Schuon's books and organizing them into beautiful "chapters," including many labelled "Spiritual Perspectives".
So good to have so much of Schuon's invaluable writings in a very readable and understandable moreso, at least format. Please read this book whether you have ever even heard of Schuon as you will be helped. One person found this helpful. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Frithjof Schuon's writing is itself a manifestation of the principle.
So, one cannot read and not be touched by it. This book is a must for every person on this earth, for it promotes an attitude that is not just a tenet of religion but something logical to have in oneself. It is about seeing our rightful place in the order of things and to understand what it is to be human. I recommend this book even to aliens out there, if any. See all 3 reviews.
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Prayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life by James S. Cutsinger
Philip Zaleski Goodreads Author. Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life 4. The great 20th century metaphysician Frithjof Schuon was also a spiritual master familiar with the spiritual struggles of modern seekers.
He once wrote, To be a human being means to be connected with God; life has no meaning without this. This human vocation means that until we find a personal connection with God we are not able to connect with the innermost being that lie The great 20th century metaphysician Frithjof Schuon was also a spiritual master familiar with the spiritual struggles of modern seekers.
This human vocation means that until we find a personal connection with God we are not able to connect with the innermost being that lies locked up within the human heart. Schuon's simplest solution to all people of all religious persuasions: You must pray, always pray. Paperback , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Prayer Fashions Man , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Feb 20, Magnus Itland rated it it was amazing. This book is amazing. Actually, you probably can't read it, even if it is in English.
You may recognize most of the words. Even many of the sentences may make sense. Once you try to combine those into paragraphs, however, it will probably not gel. And if it does, you'll probably want to throw the book away and wish you had never seen it. This is not a novel, and not a textbook, and there's not much poetry either. It is more like holy scripture, except not for any particular religion This book is amazing. It is more like holy scripture, except not for any particular religion.
By all accounts, Schuon believed in a wide range of religions simultaneously. Schuon thinks that Heaven would from time to time start a new religion tailored to the mindset of people living in that area.
Prayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life
After a while, people would have made that revelation into an institution and most would no longer understand it, but they would preserve enough of the revelation that it still had the power to save souls. In much the same way that electricity works pretty well even if you don't understand it, so also religion. But Schuon writes for those who want to understand it, the spiritual engineer student so to speak. And that is why, if you are religious, you will probably find Schuon explaining how you have misunderstood your religion, not to mention the other religions.
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If you are not religious, he will dismiss you as more stupid than an animal. So, not a mass market book. I have found that I just can't read this as a textbook, although I am pretty good with textbooks. I have to stop and listen to my heart all the time. Sometimes he says something that resonates there, as if it made me remember something that I knew very long ago.
And when it does, I understand. And when I understand, I remember It changes how I see things, probably permanently. Madness is not the only danger in books. There is also the danger that something may be understood that can never be forgotten. Read with caution, if at all. Jun 04, Alex Kartelias rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the most profound metaphysicians.