Saturday, July 14, 2012

Supernaturally Natural - the Pneumatic

"{…in the language of gnosis he was what is called a “pneumatic”, namely a being who is attracted by Heaven in a “supernaturally natural” manner…The “pneumatic” lives on the memory of a lost paradise: he seeks only one thing, a return to his origin, and having himself a quasi-angelic nature, he is to a large extent unaware of the average nature of men. Incapable of knowing in advance that the general run of men are wild beasts, Celestine V, with a holy naivety, believed them to be similar to - or even better than - himself……the imprescriptible vocation of the contemplative - of the “pneumatic” whose spiritual ascent results from his very substance and not from a choice or conversion as in the case of the “psychic” - may possibly be reconcilable with activity in the world, but there are cases - and this is more probable - where it is not so.}"
— Frithjof Schuon, "Esoterism as Principle and as Way"

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