A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom
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- Product Code: BK14178
- Publisher : Indica Books
- Edition : 1971
- Pages : 1144
- Weight : 2.1 kg.
- Size : 9.7 x 7.4 x 2.4 inches
- Cover : Hardcover
- Author : N. Whitall Perry
- Language : English
- ISBN-10: 8186569065
Since time immemorial, one perennial Wisdom permeates the whole history of mankind, expressing itself in the spiritual traditions of all peoples. Even though these traditions often differ in their forms of expression in different places and times, they nevertheless fully coincide in their essential contents.
A.K. Coomaraswamy once said: “The time is coming when a summa of the Philosophia Perennis will have to be written, impartially based on all orthodox sources whatever.” Whitall N. Perry, after fifteen years of patient work, completed this anthology containing several thousands of quotations gathered from a wide range of spiritual authorities, pointing to this One trascendent Truth which manifests through many languages.
In Perry’s words: “The reader is invited to enter upon a spiritual journey. In this book he will encounter the heritage he shares in common with all humanity, in what is essentially timeless and enduring and pertinent to his final ends. Out of this myriad mosaic of material emerges a pattern of the human personality in the cosmos that is unerringly consistent, clear, and struck through with a resonance infallible in its ever renewed reverberations of the one same Reality.”
“Marco Pallis [in his foreword] distinguishes three classes of reader to whom this book is likely to be of service: those who are already ‘spiritually committed’; those who are still seeking to become such; and those who, from any motive or angle, concern themselves with ‘Comparative Religion’. In any case it is to be hoped that the presence of this work on the shelves of many a private, public and university library not only will illumine an enliven the study of religion on the more academic levels [...] but also will lead many individuals to a truer and more fruitful personal response to religion and spirituality [...]. Indeed, for whatever purpose this anthology is consulted, few individuals will be able even to skim through its pages without being drawn somewhat into its dephts.”
WHITALL N. PERRY at an early age became interested in Platonism and Vedanta. Even before college, his contacts —though travels in the Near, Middle and Far East — with Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist cultures left deep-rooted impressions, and after a short term at Harvard, he chose to return directly to the living sources of his elected field. In 1946 he came under the close personal influence of Coomaraswamy, and from then until 1952 resided in Egypt, where he enjoyed a continuing realtionship with Rene Guenon. During this same period commenced his association with Frithjof Schuon, and he has since had intimate personal ties with foremost authorities in Hindu, Buddhist, and Islamic orders, as well as with Roman Catholic and Orthodox contemplative circles. The author counts many personal friends among the American Indians with whose sages in particular he has been familiar.
Whitall N. Perry has made contributions on metaphysical and cosmological subjects to various journals, including notably Studies in Comparative Religion.