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Extract from a letter from Frithjof Schuon of February 1971

The “doctrine of Awakening” presented briefly at the beginning of your book is correct in principle; this is obvious. But it becomes totally false and therefore spiritually inoperative—to say the least—once it becomes “agnostic”, “iconoclastic”, and “anti-religious”, for in this case any religious dogmatism is more real or less false than it.

It is the religions that provide an adequate basis for the “doctrine of Awakening”, and they do this in their esoterisms. As messages of salvation, they are of course situated within the dream world, but this does not mean that they are just anything, for distinctions must be made even here: within the dream these messages realize in a symbolical and horizontal way what “Awakening” is totally and vertically, and thus they represent an indispensable point of departure for “Awakening”. It is impossible to escape the dream without the Will of Him who dreams—Brahma saguna—and without the Grace of Him who, within the dream, reflects Him who dreams. This reflection is the Avatāra, and it is only through the Avatāra—and therefore through God—that we can escape the dream; otherwise our “doctrine of Awakening” is nothing more than inoperative philosophy and spiritual suicide.

“Without me ye can do nothing”, and also “He that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad”. The Avatāra—whether Christ or Muhammad or the Buddha—is Shūnyamūrti, “Manifestation of the Void”, hence of “Awakening”; following the Buddha, for example, does not mean imitating some model as it appears in books; it means entering the Buddhist Sangha in one of its traditional forms—hence the “Triple Refuge”—and integration into the Theravāda or, on the Mahayanic side, into Jōdo-Shinshū or Zen, with all the liturgical consequences this implies. An “Awakening” without the Avatāra, hence without religion, will turn into Satanism; the dream itself will play the “Awakening”, and this leads nowhere.

Furthermore, I absolutely do not see what harm there could be in salvation simply because it is still part of the dream—but it is the summit of the dream!—for this dream, all things considered, is not an unintelligible chaos; if it were, there would be no qualitative differentiations, and the notion of “Awakening” itself would not exist. Before one can leave the dream, one must prostrate oneself before the Lord of the dream, who is God, and before His central reflection and spokesman in the dream: the Revealer, the Avatāra.

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