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Friday, April 27, 2018

Maude Murray on Frithjof Schuon

A number of comments on this blog’s main posting on Frithjof Schuon and Islam have just been made by (a person self-identifying as) Maud Murray, Schuon’s third wife. They do not fundamentally change the picture we have, but add some detail. They also announce a forthcoming blog.

14 comments:

Maude Murray said...

My blog, now open, is called:. Frithjof Schuon: A mystery in spiritual genius and character. It is unlike anything posted before, for several reasons; but first I must correct an extremely important mistake I've been making: one of you you has definitively corrected me for praising Seyyed Hossein Nasr. I have heard a great many fuqara's complaints about his doctrine and character; however, I'd not realized that he too is guilty of improper treatment of women, and thus of course of abuse of spiritual authority. I'm extremely unhappy, because, once again, great intelligence, erudition and wisdom in many respects - risks being called into question, due to a "side" impossible to deny, in a person who has exhibited so many qualities. I wish someone other than myself, would help save the tremendous accomplishments of flawed human beings.
Now I have several technical problems: my long comment keeps erasing itself, so excuse me: I'll write in several parts.

Maude Murray said...

People need to hear frankly about Seyyed Hossein Nasr, because they're going from Schuon to Nasr. That's not funny: we all have to help people for the sake of God, as truth, goodness and beauty - especially beauty of character at the moment.
The truth about Dr. Nasr is also a most unfortunate proof of something new (to you; not to the Sunnah? that I'm trying to bring to your attention: spiritual intelligence, no matter how sublime-seeming, is not a sign of sanctity. It SEEEMS to me to be (sometimes anyway) a gift to the spirit. But people are not reading the main document on my blog, with enough attentivenes. We shouldn't all be running around shouting: "Scandal, heresy, narcissism, power..." We should be trying to situate the reasons for the errors of our leaders, the reasons for our mistakes and WHAT TO KEEP of the accomplishments we've seen. The devil has every interest to destroy all the works of the men we are blaming - men who had great virtues too.
I, Aminah, am not saying essentially what has been said before. I am saying that much that's been said was grotesquely exavgerated, crude and ugly. AND I am trying to get YOU to Sol e a mystery: what is the nature of (at least some people's) spiritual genius is? It seems to be a gift to the spirit; but you need to read what I wrote with concentration, and come up with another answer or agree with what the e samples and ahadith sure seem to prove. Most importantly: strive, perform jihad, to keep the devil from whisking away lifetimes of work on God's behalf.

Maude Murray said...

Now I'm not certain of anything but the Shahadah (and it's consequences) and I'm not competent to accomplish a whole work of spiritual reform by myself. All I can do is tell a true human story, with plenty of absolutely honest and frank reporting. Be patient with me, and volunteer, for the sake of OUR mutual Lord, to help solve a mystery in these End Times, when there's hardly anything true to be found. Let's not let the devil get away with slaying what truth is left.

Mark Sedgwick said...

I cannot find the blog that Maude Murray is referring to.

Anonymous said...

Maude's blog is at https://frithjofschuon.wordpress.com

Maude Murray said...

Frithjof Schuon: A mystery in spiritual genius and character. That works when I type it on google; but Im impossible for tecnology, try this too: frithjofschuon.wordpress.com

Maude Murray said...

Everyone: Im here, alive and well, ready to answer (almost a ny) questions; but Im 80, and never heard of technology till "yesterday," so be patient...And heres my email: murraymaude57@gmail.com.
Ive had emails from about everywhere except Japan and China, so one sees that many want to know; but Im not up to the job: somebodys help is needed for metaphysics, and erudition!

Maude Murray said...

Actually: I might need some legal advice. Im thinking Ill die soon anyway, but Id rather not die in jail. As for money, Ive usually a dollar left each month. Have I any problems? Does anyone know?

Another subject: it sure would be wonderful to find some more intelligent comments on my site. I dont want to compete: my site is only on one subject

Anonymous said...

God forgive me if i'm wrong, but this whole thing does not smell kosher. The comments here, and the blog itself have all the hallmarks of a certain troll making the rounds again. Could be wrong, but i'm not so sure. Le temps nous le dira...

Desmond Meraz said...

No, she is the real deal, sincere in what she wishes to communicate regarding her experience, and not working with any trolls.

Mark Sedgwick said...

This has been confirmed from another reliable source--it really is Maude Murray.

Maude Murray said...

My site has changed so much since it opened in May, that it's unrecognizable, due to an Inclusive Summary, posted above all else - and including all the essentials without one's having to read the story of my life, how I met Frithjof Schuon, loved and admired him, and slowly realized something was wrong. I do not agree at all with Mark Sedgwick; however, he did say something I find extremely perspicacious, which hasn't been so clearly seen by anyone else (as far as I know). That was his pointing out that Frithjof Schuon saw HIS Perennialism as being the best, one and only real and true Perennialism. That was due to "a little character trait" - alas, pride. That ruined everything in my view, and he used his genius to re-weave the cosmos around his ego, to re-define truth, make himself the criterion of truth, and esoterize sin. I'm really hard on him, after much thought, prayer and reading of the Quran and ahadith. Believe it or not, he still had marvelous, unforgettable qualities, and a great many people believed, prayed and had profound understanding due to him. In my view, one learns even more by seeing how he went astray, and by comparing him to all the true shuyukh and "traditionalists" like Guénon, whose letters criticizing Frithjof Schuon are in an Appendix. Also in an Appendix (following "Very dear Theophilus,") are quotes from all the great, traditional masters of Sufism, showing how wrong were the ideas of Frithjof Schuon). Neither Guenon nor Valsan changed his ideas as has been claimed. Christianity - the essence of its way - is included now too. If you are really interested in traditionalism and/or the Religio perennis, you should re-read the Summary on this site:
frithjofschuon.wordpress.com

Maude Murray said...

The new book, Re-thinking Ibn Arabi, by Gregory A. Lipton, says in a few paragraphs, most of what I've written in 100 pages on my site. That, in intellectual terms, concludes that the Perennialists and Traditionalists (as usually described) are modernists in sheep's clothing. What I write at length, proves what he wrote, from my lifetime of experience. Now he could be wrong (several have objected) when he implies that Frithjof Schuon was prejudiced towards Aryans in Casts and races. All I know is that he did tell me and another wife that the Mahdi would have to be a German. That sounds odd today, but he did tend to think that whatever he was, was the best!
I'll post a link to an introduction to his ($80) book later.

Maude Murray said...

https://www.macalester.edu/religiousstudies/facultystaff/gregorylipton/

Thats the link to the new book I find so marvelous!