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... pervaded by the pathos which marks the disappearance of a ... way of life of extraordinary beauty and nobilty. -- Kenneth Oldmeadow, La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia

Anyone who already knows something about the Indians will never forget this book. It is certainly an important message. -- Thomas Yellowtail, Crow Sun Dance Chief (from the Introduction)

In many ways a culmination of Schuon's lifework . . . Affords surprising insights that ... can startle the reader into new understandings. -- Parabola

One of the most philosophic and religious studies of the Plains Indians in print. -- The Book Reader

The greatest religious thinker of our century ... He feeds my soul like no other writer. -- Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions, and Why Religion Matters --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In many ways a culmination of Schuon's lifework. Affords surprising insights that pepper this book and that can startle the reader into new understandings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 171 pages
  • Publisher: World Wisdom; First Edition edition (September 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941532089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941532082
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Basle, Switzerland in 1907, Frithjof Schuon was the twentieth century's pre-eminent spokesman for the perennialist school of comparative religious thought.
The leitmotif of Schuon's work was foreshadowed in an encounter during his youth with a marabout who had accompanied some members of his Senegalese village to Basle for the purpose of demonstrating their African culture. When Schuon talked with him, the venerable old man drew a circle with radii on the ground and explained: "God is the center; all paths lead to Him." Until his later years Schuon traveled widely, from India and the Middle East to America, experiencing traditional cultures and establishing lifelong friendships with Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and American Indian spiritual leaders.
A philosopher in the tradition of Plato, Shankara, and Eckhart, Schuon was a gifted artist and poet as well as the author of over twenty books on religion, metaphysics, sacred art, and the spiritual path. Describing his first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, T. S. Eliot wrote, "I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion", and world-renowned religion scholar Huston Smith said of Schuon, "The man is a living wonder; intellectually apropos religion, equally in depth and breadth, the paragon of our time". Schuon's books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are respected by academic and religious authorities alike.
More than a scholar and writer, Schuon was a spiritual guide for seekers from a wide variety of religions and backgrounds throughout the world. He died in 1998.

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If you have ever had the feeling that Native Americans are the heirs to a wisdom tradition of which today's world stands sorely in need, this book will confirm your insight and deepen it. This beautifully produced volume focuses on the spirituality of the nomadic Plains Indians, whose traditional way of life is seeing the divine in nature. Schuon explains why this is neither a romantic, sentimental "deism" nor a profane "naturism." He gives a description of the Indian's soul, of his vision of the world and man's place in it with which we can compare our own, and the contrasts are both significant and informative.
As in his many metaphysical books, the author often makes references to other religions when illustrating a point. Parallels in the spiritual worlds of Shinto, Zen and ancient India appear here. Whatever the similarities and differences between one another, every traditional universe is marked by a sense of totality. There is an all-pervading sense of the sacred at the antipodes of the modern mentality that reflexively treats the world and life as blind "matter" which can be manipulated more or less at will, rather than as forms of the Spirit which command our respect and have principles to teach.

Schuon gives eloquent explanations of the rites and symbols central to North American shamanism, especially that of the sacred pipe. Although the practices of various tribes differed in many details, there is clearly an underlying homogeneity to their beliefs which has made the Indians themselves the symbol of a distinctive spiritual type. The author's colorful paintings are a moving complement to the text. They portray the archetype that has given rise to the Indian genius for combining heroism with a priestly dignity in harmony with the beauty and innocence of nature.
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Exceptional- perhaps the best I have read on Native American religion. The comparison with Eastern religions was a great surprise but does become obvious.
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