Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of by James S. Cutsinger

By James S. Cutsinger

This is an creation to the perennialist college of comparative spiritual philosophy and a guidebook for the overall reader looking intellectually critical yet obtainable solutions to questions on the non secular life.

Two books in a single, suggestion to the intense Seeker is an creation for students to the perennialist tuition of comparative spiritual philosophy and while a guidebook for the final reader who's searching for intellectually severe yet available solutions to questions on the non secular life.

Scholars will discover a entire advent to the paintings of Frithjof Schuon, the top modern determine within the perennialist or traditionalist college of comparative faith. Written by way of James S. Cutsinger, one of many world's optimum educational specialists at the perennial philosophy, the publication presents a close remark at the complete variety of Schuon's non secular writings.

But the ebook is additionally meant for inquisitive and looking out readers as a rule. Composed in a mode that's easy and conversational, it reads as an open letter to the author's scholars. the purpose is to chop in the course of the banality of a lot that passes for non secular guideline at the present time and to supply intellectually critical yet available solutions to questions quite often posed by means of cynics and skeptics, conservative believers, and individuals drawn to the so-called "new age" religions.

The author's suggestion takes the shape of a sequence of meditations on fact, advantage, good looks, and Prayer, which Schuon regards because the basic components in each actual non secular direction. protecting various matters either theoretical and functional, themes comprise proofs of God, the matter of evil, classical virtues, predestination and freedom, symbolism and cosmic hierarchy, sacred artwork, the connection among non secular approach and style, concepts of focus and meditation, the function of the non secular grasp, and human future. The ebook concludes with an epilogue on Schuon's famous thesis in regards to the "transcendent harmony of religions."

"A fabulous advent to the best spiritual philosopher of our century." -- Huston Smith, writer of The World's Religions

"To were cited and knowledgeable within the smooth global is to be, in a point or different, inwardly divided opposed to oneself; this ebook could be gratefully remembered, by means of the easiest of its readers, as a golden key which opens vast the door of get away from internal tensions and psychological confusion." -- Martin Lings, previously Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts within the British Museum

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The term may refer, on the one hand, to something that is strictly contingent, which may either exist or not exist depending upon conditions beyond its control, and in this sense, possibility is the very opposite of necessity. " At this point, however, a great mystery intrudes. God is also the Source, indirectly and paradoxically, of something that cannot benamely, nothing. I realize that this will sound very odd. Nevertheless, however strange, the idea follows ineluctably from the Divine infinity.

Being Absolute, it is necessarily independent of all. But what is universally independent is without any limits. That which cannot not be cannot be restricted. It must therefore be infinite. This point is crucial, for were the Absolute not at the same time the Infinite, the distinction between Atma and Maya would be a great divide. And were there such a divide, there would be in fact no Maya at all. Everything relative would never have been. As it is, however, the infinitude of the Supreme Reality results inevitably in an irresistible radiation by which it lends degrees of its Being to all things, whether in a descending or a centrifugal order.

These deeper problems, however, often manifest themselves in sophistical critiques and arguments, and it is useful to know how to respond to them on their own level. As I explained earlier, a truly effective spiritual teaching must begin by taking the skeptic's criticisms into consideration. Here we have an opportunity to address yet another of the supposed reasons for doubt. One is often asked why a good, wise, and all-powerful God would permit the existence of evil. If there is evil, and no one doubts that there is, it seems that such a God must not exist.

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