Nature and Function of the Spiritual Master

Frithjof Schuon

The master represents and transmits, firstly a reality of being (Sat), secondly a reality of intelligence or truth (Chit), and thirdly a reality of love, union, or happiness (Ananda). The element “being” which the master represents and transmits, and without which he would be as if deprived of reality and existence, is the religion to which he belongs and by which he is mandated, or the spiritual organization within the framework of this religion.

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Originally published in Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 1, No. 2. © World Wisdom, Inc.

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