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Author: Huston Smith,Frithjof Schuon
ISBN: 0061394157
ISBN13: 978-0061394157
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row; Revised edition (1975)
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Schuon asserts that to transcend religious differences, we must explore the esoteric nature of the spiritual path back to the Divine Oneness at the heart of all religions has been added to your Cart.

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Of his first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions (London, Faber & Faber) T. S. Eliot wrote: "I have met with no more . Through his many books and articles, Schuon became known as a spiritual teacher and leader of the Traditionalist School. Eliot wrote: "I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion. While always continuing to write, Schuon and his wife traveled widely. In 1959 and again in 1963, they journeyed to the American West at the invitation of friends among the Sioux and Crow American Indians. Through his many books and articles, Schuon became known as a spiritual teacher and leader of the Traditionalist School

As Huston Smith lays out in the introduction, this is the primary way Schuon looks at the differences in. .

As Huston Smith lays out in the introduction, this is the primary way Schuon looks at the differences in religion, vs. the common method of simply finding symbolic counterparts between different faiths. This is actually the crux of the school of thought called Perennial Philosophy.

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Huston Cummings Smith was born in Suzhou, China on May 31, 1919 to Methodist missionaries

Huston Cummings Smith was born in Suzhou, China on May 31, 1919 to Methodist missionaries. He attended Central Methodist University and was ordained a Methodist minister. He soon realized that he would rather teach than preach. He wrote numerous books during his lifetime including The Religions of Man (the textbook title was later changed to The World's Religions), Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals, and Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine. In 1955, he turned his popular college lectures into a series of programs on world religions for the National Educational Television network.

Smith-Bush - Transcendent Unity Pro. Huston Smith - Interfaith Communication. Philosophy in The Flesh. AtmaBodha (Self-Knowledge) and Other Stotras by Sri Shankaracharya. RICHARD C. BUSH Y now this book by Frithjof Schuon is well known, certainly to those who are interested in relationships among religions and who welcome any effort in the direction of religious unity.

Transcendent Unity of Religions. by Frithjof Schuon · Huston Smith

Transcendent Unity of Religions. by Frithjof Schuon · Huston Smith. Schuon asserts that to transcend religious differences, we must explore the esoteric nature of the spiritual path back to the Divine Oneness at the heart of all religions. The Cloud of Unknowing and The Book of Privy Counseling. by Anonymous · William Johnston · Huston Smith.

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Comments to eBook The Transcendent Unity of Religions
Bremar
A masterpiece of spiritual insight. This is not a book about what the wisdom traditions share in common in form and teachings nor does it equate the revelationary levels and experiences of the traditions. It does a nearly unparalleled job of pointing out the commonality of transcendent experience/awareness that illumines the wisdom from all of the traditions. It also focuses on the difference between exoteric and esoteric orientations towards . . . reality. In this sense, it is a forerunner of aspects explicated in the Integral Model of Ken Wilber (and others) and touches upon the Platonic "the good, the true and the beautiful." Huston Smith's introduction to the revised addition is magnificent in its own right.
Maldarbaq
Simply put, this is the best book on religion I have ever read. Granted, I am not extremely well read in that area but this was nevertheless a paradigm shifting read for me. In a nutshell, it states that all the revealed religions(Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism) are all valid paths to God which were sent to different peoples at different times and for different reasons. According to Schuon's philosophy, God intentionally created the different religions to fit the spiritual temperaments of the different civilizations throughout the world. That being said, this is not a touchy-feely, we are all the same type of book either. According to Schuon, the separation of religious civilizations is God inspired and necessary to maintain purity and effectiveness. This separation being only on the exoteric level though whereas all the religions converge on the esoteric level into an overwhelming unity. Of course it is a bit more complicated than that but that is a concise summary. And frankly, this is probably not a new "theory" (this was published in the 50s) but I have never seen the subject matter articulated in such a way. Schuon was a giant in metaphysical thought.

The book is quite difficult as Schuon's language is extremely dense and his knowledge level is incredibly high. I had trouble following at times but it was so engaging and insightful that I couldn't put it down. Schuon was a member of the so-called Perennialist School and his knowledge of all the religions in question is remarkable. Both "fundamentalists" and "progressives" will probably find enough to disagree with (not to mention secularists) but if you are a spiritual person with an open mind, this will no doubt be a rewarding experience.
one life
Another great work by the pre-eminent representative of the Perennialist Philosophy along with Rene Guenon and Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This work present in a nut shell sort to speak, the basic tenets of Esoterism which combines the message of all the World's Religion's drawing from them their essential meaning and Upayas (spiritual methods) for the help of the human race. Excellent new looking copy. Thanks a lot.
Nagor
Excellent resource. Reading can be somewhat of a challenge for those without a philosophical background, but overall an enriching resource. Don't let the language put you off. Clearly elucidates the common denominator running throughout every religion worldwide - Love.
Risa
This is the rare kind of book that provides a genuinely new way of conceiving the world. As I read it, my categories were continually being challenged as well as the adequacy of my spiritual experience and knowledge.

Schuon's thesis is that while the great religions of the world appear to be contradictory on the surface level (the 'exoteric'), when considered according to the inner reality of the spiritual strivings they embody (the 'esoteric' dimension) they present a unity. This kind of reasoning is often put forward on a superficial level to say that 'all religions lead to God', but he has a far more profound awareness of the issues involved. A simplistic pluralism of that kind misses the point, because it is only through following a religious tradition all the way to its inner depth that one reaches the 'transcendent unity' that Schuon is speaking about. And he is not averse to making judgments between true and false religions, arguing that it is only 'orthodox' religions that provide this path, orthodox meaning that they are based on genuine spiritual realities in their fulness rather than a limited form that leads people astray. Essentially he provides a different perspective on the problem of particularity and universality with regards to religion. The large number of religions is often used to argue for their falsity, but Schuon would say that we only approach God through symbols which are appropriate to our time and place, and that there is a unified reality behind these various manifestations. So the most particular religion is also the most universal. In terms of providing worked examples, he is concerned mostly to discuss the inter-relationship between Christianity and Islam and between Western and Eastern religions, and he has a profound knowledge of the depths of these traditions.

I have some reservations about this book, however. The first is that I think he falls into an overly schematic approach, allowing the labels of different religions to to guide his writing too much. Rather than comparing 'Christianity' and 'Islam', it might be better for his purposes to compare their spiritual paths rather than their historical manifestation. This would allow for a bit more flexibility in his scheme to include discussion of the multitude of minor religions as well. I think that doing this, however, would uncover that not all esotericisms are the same, and that even at a transcendent level there may be different destinations on the spiritual paths that we walk. I also think that a book like this has a paradoxical danger of providing an illusion of knowledge for people who have not attained to a true esoteric level, and can lead to the situation where talking about a facile religious unity is put in the place of achieving it.

A description of this book can't give an indication of the depths of its argument and the unique perspective that Schuon gives. I think a true believer would go back from this more committed to their faith than they were before, if they were willing to understand the depths of that faith.
Stan
An interesting book on the perennial philosophy. Rather technical in style and language, but worth the effort for those wanting to learn more.
Anicasalar
A tough read, but good
Is worth the read and brilliant! However- its wordy and a difficult read. Its as if the author is one: from another planet or two: going out of his way to impress the reader, as he might be assuming the reader has a Masters Degree in Journalism from Columbia. But at the end of the day, if you read slowly and over and over, the message is powerful. Furthermore- at no point does this book offer any humor, and its hardly a "feel good" book. In my opinion this book is well worth ones time but be prepared for what I aforementioned.
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