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Man and Woman


Frithjof Schuon, indian woman

Fundamentally, every love is a search for the Essence or the lost Paradise; the melancholy, gentle or violent, which often appears in poetic or musical eroticism bears witness to this nostalgia for a far-off Paradise and doubtless also to the evanescence of earthly dreams, of which the sweetness is, precisely, that of a Paradise which we no longer perceive, or which we do not yet perceive. [Esoterism as Principle and as Way, page 138].Man stabilizes woman, woman vivifies man; furthermore, and quite obviously, man contains woman within himself, and vice versa, given that both are homo sapiens, man as such; and if we define the human being as pontifex, it goes without saying that this function includes woman, although she adds to it the mercurial character proper to her sex.(1)[Esoterism as Principle and as Way, page 139].(1) If woman is "of one flesh" with man, -- if she is "flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone", -- this shows, in relation to the Spirit, which man represents, an aspect of continuity or prolongation, not of separation.[Esoterism as Principle and as Way, page 139, note 135].

Frithjof Schuon, indianMan, in his lunar and receptive aspect, "withers away" without the woman-sun that infuses into the virile genius what it needs in order to blossom; inversely, man-sun confers on woman the light that permits her to realize her identity by prolonging the function of the sun. [Esoterism as Principle and as Way, page 139].

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