World Wisdom, 2005

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“No one knows Schuon’s mind—or his incomparable gift for transporting attentive readers into their own spiritual depths—better than James Cutsinger. In this superb volume he masterfully presents Schuon’s most magisterial passages on the interior life and the soul’s relation to God. His inclusion of previously unpublished letters is a coup that reveals another side of Schuon, a tenderness that places the sage’s adamantine intellectual style in a surprising new light.”

Philip Novak, Dominican University of California and author of The World’s Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World’s Religions

“In this finely selected anthology the editor takes us to the very heart and soul of Schuon’s message, bringing to light the ‘categorical imperative’ of prayer that underlies the whole corpus of Schuon’s works and without which those works would remain merely theoretical. To read this book is to feel the irresistible attraction of prayer, Schuon’s reflections on the spiritual life being suffused with an alchemical power that can arise only from a consciousness rooted in the Object of prayer. What Schuon has experienced he conveys, and in so doing galvanizes our own aspirations for ‘the one thing needful.'”

Reza Shah-Kazemi, Institute of Ismaili Studies and
author of Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara,
Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart

“Frithjof Schuon’s importance as a master of mystical theology and metaphysics continues to grow. Professor Cutsinger has composed an outstanding introduction and supplied some of Schuon’s most lucid and penetrating writings on the spiritual life. For those longing for a deeper understanding of prayer and its ontological foundations, this collection will prove to be illuminating and invaluable.”

Robert Fastiggi, Sacred Heart Major Seminary