By Frithjof Schuon
René Guénon (1886-1951) was once the founding father of the Traditionalist university. in addition to Ananda okay. Coomaraswamy and Frithjof Schuon, he reintroduced conventional metaphysics and esoterism into the Western global after a lapse of centuries, and used to be maybe the 1st to offer the doctrines of the Vedanta, Taoism, and Sufism now not as Eurocentric orientalists or occult fantasts had performed, yet strictly of their personal phrases. To the 'mathematical' precision of Guénon's metaphysics, cosmology, and esoteric historical past, Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) additional a poetic or 'musical' point, encouraged through his shut courting to the Divine female. He additionally awarded the religious direction as a concrete praxis, regarding the religious virtues and 'stations of wisdom', that was once no longer so trendy in Guénon's writings. however, Guénon's prophetic eschatology, in particular within the Reign of volume and the symptoms of the days, in addition to his research of the 'counter-tradition', offers him a unexpectedly modern 'edge' that's possibly much less in demand in Schuon's extra aesthetic process. René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon remove darkness from one another, either via their unanimity and the explicit issues the place they vary. every one is sort of the single technique of taking the other's degree. Questions of who was once better, who extra conventional, are eventually much less fascinating than the super imaginative and prescient of human truth and non secular fact that emerges from their shared function as renewers of conventional metaphysics and spiritual realizing. Schuon, because the more youthful guy, used to be capable of compose an review of his early highbrow grasp, and in view of his lengthy and illustrious occupation as an writer after Guénon's dying, Schuon's vital essay René Guénon: a few Observations is usually his profoundly appreciative in addition to pointedly serious announcement of independence (though at the same time a announcement of collegiality) from the guy who, greater than somebody else within the smooth international, opened to him a primary view of 'principial' truth.
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