A Sufi Master's Message: In Memoriam Rene Guenon
Shaykh Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini
Who is the Master that sends us his message through this book?
Certainly, it is the author, Shaykh 'Abd al-Wahid Pallavicini, who has legitimately received this function, but it is also his Master, Shaykh Abd al-Wahid Yahya, Rene Guenon, who in turn had other Masters connected, through a chain of transmission, to the first of all Masters, the Prophet Muhammad, in whom Islamic orthodoxy has its origin. All true masters of Islam have taught their disciples the same message of knowledge, knowledge that truly transforms whoever knows it through faith, ritual practices and virtue. These various links in the traditional chain therefore give the sense that the scope of the message is not about the life and personal experience of certain individuals, but rather the expression of an Islamic school of wisdom within the contemplative dimension of Islam, Sufism, or tasawwuf.