Perennial: Perpetual or everlasting. Perennial truths are universally valid for all mankind, throughout history.
Tradition: An arrangement of symbols and rites which transmit perennial truths.
Lineage: A chain of beings who articulate a particular tradition.
Initiation: Inclusion within a lineage.
Adept: Skillful. In this context, one who can relate traditional forms to perennial truths.
Master: One who embodies the perennial truths indicated by a tradition. A source of tradition.
Religion: Traditional myths, stories and rites without necessarily any connection to meaning and perennial truth.
All beings chase their own good
Will rising from judgements,
Of all things in the world,
Our success or failures.
Happiness is our choice,
Virtue ever close to hand.
Mind is always up to us,
And with it our emotions.
To live in harmony
With all sacred nature,
Means first and most of all
Being joyous in your self.
For excellence in action,
Regardless of outcome,
And steadiness of soul,
Lie always in our power.
trans. Robin Campbell
To be everywhere is to be nowhere. (Letter 2)
The spirit and the intellect cannot be of different hues. If the spirit is sound, if it is properly adjusted and has dignity and self-control, the intellect will be sober and sensible too, and if the former is tainted the latter will be infected as well. (Letter 114)