The Symbolism of Weaving

René Guénon

It may be said that the manifestation of a being in a certain state of existence, like any other event, is determined by the meeting of a thread of the warp with a thread of the weft. Each thread of the warp is then a being envisaged in its essential nature, which insofar as it is a direct projection of the principial “Self” provides the connecting link between all its states, and maintains its unity through their indefinite multiplicity.

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Originally published as a chapter of Le symbolisme de la croix (1931, published in English as The Symbolism of the Cross), and more recently as part of The Essential René Guénon, by World Wisdom Books, 2009. Republished here with thanks.