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A Resource On Frithjof Schuon's Life & Teachings

Extract from a letter from Frithjof Schuon dated February 1968.

In Tasawwuf one must repeatedly begin a new life in order to maintain grace and not be lost. Man is weak, but God is Strength, and with Him everything is possible, even things that seem impossible. You have often spoken to me of your weakness; if you do not feel you are able to love God, you must at least fear Him. God is merciful, but He is also awesome, and it is impossible to understand His Mercy if one does not understand His Wrath. One must never think oneself too intelligent; our intelligence is nothing in relation to the Absolute. If God has given us the gift of intelligence, it must be combined with a childlike simplicity and purity; God abhors pretension and self-assurance. Thus whatever opinion we may have of ourselves, only one thing is absolutely certain: lā ilāha illā ʾLlāh. It is also certain—in keeping with this very same supreme certainty—that we must die and appear before God. All the rest is of no importance. Begin a new life this very day; and if you do not want to do it for yourself—although in reality you have no choice—do it for those around you, for you owe them happiness. The only way to be happy is to make those who depend on us happy, to make them happy in God and by Him.

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