The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom

The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom


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ISBN-13: 9781935493198
Publisher: World Wisdom
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,092,187
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgments vii

Foreword Reza Shah-Kazemi ix

Introduction William Stoddart xiii

Part 1 The Sacred Web Essays

What is "Tradition"? 3

An Introduction to Sacred Web 5

The Importance of Spiritual Literacy 8

Pluralism and the Metaphysics of Morality 12

"What Thirst Is For" 15

Of Detachment and Spiritual Courtesy 20

Consecrated to the Sublime 25

"Fundamentalism": A Metaphysical Perspective 32

Reclaiming the Center 38

Understanding "Tradition" 52

On Faith and Intellect 56

Umberto Eco, Fascism and Tradition 60

Towards a Traditional Understanding of Sexuality 68

On Translation 78

The Principle of Verticality 85

The Quest for Moral Certainty 94

On Cultivating Awareness 100

What is Normal? 108

The Problem of Evil 118

The Secular and the Sacred 125

"Standing Unshakably in the True": A Commentary on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) 132

"A Single Principle": On Faith and Pluralism 143

Striving for "Wholeness" in the Kali Yuga 149

The Secularization of Faith in the Modern World 154

Of "Longing" and "Belonging" 160

Part 2 Papers on Metaphysics

Excerpt from "The Metaphysics of Human Governance" 167

The Metaphysics of Poetic Expression 176

Section 1 Traditional Metaphysics-A Phenomenological Approach 176

Section 2 What is "Poetry"? 182

Section 3 "Poiesis" and "Logos" 195

Section 4 Poetic Vision-Seeing with the Eye of the Heart 205

Section 5 Poetic Expression-Saying the Unsayable 219

Section 6 Conclusion 226

"Neither of the East nor of the West": Universality in Islam 231

Education in the light of Tradition: A Metaphysical Perspective 247

Part 3 Book Reviews

Review of Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul William C. Chittick 263

Review of Conversations with Wendell Berry 270

Review of the Henry Corbin Trilogy Tom Cheetham 278

Biographical Notes 295

Index 297

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vpfluke on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This book shows that one does not have to be a liberal to have an interfaith awareness of our life as humans. Lakhani is a good representative of what is known as the sophia perennis, or the perennial philosophy. He is the editor of a periodical, "The Sacred Web," which follows in the traditionalist school founded by René Guénon and Frithjof Schuon. About half of the book are essays from the Sacred Web and lay out the ideas of how the world and the world beyond is seen. Traditonalists see common threads in the major world religions and that there is a real verticality from the divine to the human. The title of Schuon's major work, "The Transcendent Unity of of Religions" points a central idea of perennialism, which Lakhani explicates throughout this book. The ideas of soul, intellect, spirit are all centered in one way or another in the human. Seeking beauty, truth, virtue and love as one lives through life all are all important.I sometimes feel that Lakhani's dislike of modernism is stretched too much. He feels that equalization of sexes does not comport with tradition and neither does same-sex relationships. Sexual complementarity is a principle that people should follow. I feel that he misses today's need for male and female to have equal respect, and these partners still demonstrate complementarity, as do those in a same sex relationship also experience this.Traditonalists frequently find quite a bit that is attractive in Islam. Lakhani has a major review of a trilogy of books about the thought of Henry Corbin, written by Tom Cheetham. Corbin is heavily influnced by Sufi thoguht and sometimes verges a little closer to gnosticism tan I am willing to go. But Lakhani is useful to read as he can help one think about the sacred and our relation with it.