World Wisdom, a publishing company established in 1980, is pleased
to present the Library of Perennial Philosophy which is dedicated to the exposition
of the timeless Truth underlying the diverse religions. This Truth, often referred
to as the Sophia Perennis—or perennial Wisdom—finds its expression in the
revealed Scriptures as well as the writings of the great sages and the artistic
creations of the traditional worlds.
The Perennial Philosophy provides the intellectual principles capable of explaining
both the formal contradictions and the underlying unity of the great religions.
Our Library of Perennial Philosophy encompasses seven distinct series: Perennial
Philosophy, Sacred Worlds, Sacred Art in Tradition, Spiritual Classics, Spiritual
Masters—East and West, Treasures of the World's Religions, and Writings of Frithjof
Schuon. Ranging from the writings of the great sages who have expressed the Sophia
Perennis in the past, to the Perennialist authors of our time, each series
of our Library has a different focus. As a whole, they express the inner unanimity,
transforming radiance, and irreplaceable value of the great spiritual traditions.
These series are as follows:
In the beginning of the twentieth century, a school of thought arose which has focused
on the enunciation and explanation of the Perennial Philosophy. Deeply rooted in
the sense of the sacred, the writings of its leading exponents establish an indispensable
foundation for understanding the timeless Truth and spiritual practices which live
in the heart of all religions. Some of these titles are companion volumes to the
Treasures of the World's Religions series, which allows a comparison of the writings
of the great sages of the past with the Perennialist authors of our time.
The Sacred Worlds series blends images of visual beauty with focused selections
from the writings of the great religions of the world, including both scripture
and the writings of the sages and saints. Books in the Sacred Worlds series may
be based upon a particular religious tradition or upon themes of interest, such
as prayer or virtue, which are found in all manifestations of the sacred.
Sacred Art in Tradition
The aim of this series is to underscore the essential role of beauty and its artistic
expressions in the Perennial Philosophy. Each volume contains full color reproductions
of masterpieces of traditional art—including painting, sculpture, architecture,
and vestimentary art—combined with writings by authorities on each subject. Individual
titles focus either on one spiritual tradition or on a central theme that touches
upon diverse traditions.
This series includes seminal, but often neglected, works of unique spiritual insight
from leading religious authors of both the East and West. Ranging from books composed
in ancient India to forgotten jewels of our time, these important classics feature
new introductions which place them in the Perennialist context.
Spiritual Masters—East & West
This series presents the writings of great spiritual masters of the past from both
East and West. Carefully selected essential writings of these sages are combined
with biographical information, glossaries of technical terms, historical maps, and
pictorial and photographic art in order to communicate a sense of their respective
Treasures of the World's Religions
This series of anthologies presents scriptures and the writings of the great spiritual
authorities of the past on fundamental themes. Some titles are devoted to a single
spiritual tradition, while others have a unifying topic that touches upon traditions
from both the East and West, such as prayer and virtue. Some titles have a companion
volume within The Perennial Philosophy series.
Writings of Frithjof Schuon
The writings of Frithjof Schuon form the foundation of our Library because he is
the pre-eminent exponent of the Perennial Philosophy. His work illuminates this
perspective in both an essential and comprehensive manner like no other.