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Whitall N. Perry

Source: Studies in Comparative Religion, Vol. 15, No. 3 & 4 (Summer-Autumn, 1983). © World Wisdom, Inc.

Mr. Frithjof Schuon was rather surprised when he read at the end of his short article “A Message on North American Indian Religion” (in Studies in Comparative Religion, Winter-Spring, 1983, Double Issue) the following Editorial Note: “The author wrote this article especially with the Indians in mind and in the hope that some day they might read it, which accounts for its direct and simple style.”

In fact, Mr. Schuon wrote his “Message” for some Indian friends, who read it and showed it to other Indians; he also wrote several letters of the same kind.

After that, Mr. Reginald Laubin (the well known author of The Indian Tipi and Indian Dances of North America) wrote to Mr. Schuon: “In September (1964) a few of our Arapaho and Sioux friends came over to put on a Yuwipi ceremony for us. In the sweat tipi they said prayers for their friends and included ‘Mr. Schuon, for help and guidance in his wonderful work in bringing about an understanding and realization that so many religions are alike.’ —We never dreamed that they knew of you, so you can imagine our surprise and delight when they mentioned your name and even had a copy of your splendid article on Indian religion. They were very much impressed by your good words.”