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Contents Preface to the 2005 Edition ix Introduction I On Some of the Features of His Works 1 The Study of Religion 3 The Multiplicity of Religions and the Method Study 14 Metaphysics 27 Cosmology 30 Epistemology 31 Philosophy 33 Art and Beauty 35 Nature 37 Man 38 The Spiritual Life 41 Eschatology 45 Critic of the Modern World 46 Who is Frithjof Schuon? 50 Schuon as Poet and Artist 52 The Language and Style of Schuon's Writings 54 The Influence of Schuon 55 The Message of Schuon 56 An Annotated Description of the Writings of Schuon 57 PART I RELIGION AND REVELATION The Nature of Religion 67 Faith, Love, and Knowledge I04 Understanding and Believing On Faith and Its Object Religio 67 The Sense of the Absolute in Religions 69 To Refuse or to Accept Revelation 73 Esotericism and Mysticism 86 Understanding Esotericism 86 The Nature and Arguments of Faith 104 Earthly Concomitances of the Love of God 111 and Knowledge 113 Four Jewels" of Human Life 117 Theology and Philosophy 120 Man and Certainty 120 On Miracles as Proofs of God 122 Evidence and Mystery 123 On the Divine Will 131 On Predestination and Free Will 134 Tracing the Notion of Philosophy 136 PART II THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS Comparative Religion -Methodology 149 Diversity of Revelation 149 The Limitations of Exoterism 153 Contours of the Spirit 162 The Human Margin 166 Archaic Religions 178 The Ancient Worlds in Perspective The Religions of the American Indians 183 The Sacred Pipe of the Red Indians 183 Hinduism 190 The Vedanta 190 Principle of Distinction in the Social Order 196 The Chinese Religions 205 Buddhism 206 Originality of Buddhism 206 Mystery of the Bodhisattva 210 Glimpses into Zen 217 Shintoism 223 Judaism 225 The Torah and the Mischna 225 Christianity 233 The Christian Tradition: Some Thoughts on its Nature 233 Mysteries of Christ and of the Virgin 241 The Problem of Evangelism 245 Islam 262 Islam 262 On the Quran 268 On the Prophet 276 Seeds of a Divergence 279 Islamic Poverty 288 The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam 290 On the Life Cycle of Sufism 301 PART III THE NATURE OF REALITY Metaphysics 309 Dimensions, Modes and Degrees of the Divine Order 309 The Interplay of the Hypostases 316 The Mystery of the Veil 322 Symbolism and Grace 335 The Science of the Study of Myth 337 Epistemology 344 Consequences Flowing from the Mystery of Subjectivity 344 Cosmology and the Traditional Sciences 351 Hypostases and Cosmic Numbers 351 What Is Matter and Who Is Mara? 359 PART IV ART AND THE SPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE OF BEAUTY Aesthetics 369 Aesthetics and Symbolism in Art and Nature 369 Foundations of an Integral Aesthetics 376 PART V MAN The Nature of Man 385 On the Creation of Man 385 Man as Divine Manifestation 387 The Fall of Man 391 Man in the Universe 396 Woman 404 Woman and Interiorization 404 Sexuality 408 The Problem of Sexuality 408 PART VI: THE SPIRITUAL LIFE Elements and Goal of the Spiritual Path 425 Nature and Function of the Spiritual Master 425 The Servant and Union 428 Prayer 435 Modes of Prayer 435 Prayer Fashions Man 444 The Spiritual Virtues 448 PART VII ESCHATOLOGY AND THE AFTERLIFE Reflections on Eschatological Problems 457 Some Observations on a Problem of the Afterlife 457 Universal Eschatology 461 On the Notion of Hell 464 The Two Paradises 467 PART VIII CRITICISM OF THE MODERN WORLD Criticism of Modern Philosophy 483 Modern Philosophy, Logic and Intuition 483 Conceptual Dimensions 485 Rationalism, Real and Apparent 487 Letter on Existentialism 492 Criticism of Modern Science 498 Modem Science and the Fall of Man 498 Modem Science and Metaphysical Reality 503 Modem Science-Objectivity-Subjectivity 506 Traditional and Modern Science 509 Criticism of Modern Art 512 Art-Traditional and Modem, Sacred and Profane 512 PART IX: SPIRITUAL IMPRESSIONS Selected Poems 525 Selections from Unpublished Letters 529 The Garden 529 On the Holiness of the Name 530 Two Unequal Heredities 531 Against Subtle Worldliness 532 Sophia Perennis 534 Appendix-The Writings of Schuon 540 Table of Abbreviations 544 Biographical Notes 545
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Religion -- Philosophy.