Greetings of Peace. This blog contains selections from my correspondence and other sources on a variety of subjects related to religion, philosophy, and spirituality. I hope that they may be of benefit to the interested reader. Concerning the title of the blog, read this entry.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Thoughts on the Traditional Studies Forum

Greetings of Peace. Thank you for sharing something of your initial experience and the difficulties attendant to it. Perhaps a few more words are necessary about the nature of our forum. The foundation of our discussions consists of the teachings of the traditional school. What this means is that the majority of the participants here are people who are either conversant with or actively engaged in the study of these teachings. It is immaterial whether or nor one fully agrees with all of it, and we frequently have our disagreements, but the fact of the matter is that these teachings serve as both a point of reference and a point of departure for the investigation and evaluation of tradition, religion, and modernity.

This is, in essence, the nature of the 'audience' that you are writing to and the community that we are participating in. Part of the challenge that we are faced with, both through our religious convictions and through our pursuit of sacred knowledge is to take it and ourselves seriously.

Frithjof Schuon wrote that, "When metaphysical knowledge is effective it produces love and destroys presumption. It produces love, that is to say the spontaneous directing of the will towards God and the perception of "myself" - and of God - in one's neighbor. It destroys presumption, for knowledge does not allow a man to overestimate himself or to underestimate others. By reducing to ashes all that is not God it orders all things."

I believe that in communicating with others both through correspondence of this nature and in our personal relations we are afforded the opportunity to learn to put these teachings into practice in our lives and eventually carry them into that situation which is most important, when we have no audience and only God is watching. As you can see from our communications, there is a learning curve for everyone involved.

If this is the type of community you are interested in participating in, I again extend to you my welcome, and hope that you are able to make the most of it.

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