The truly metaphysical, let us repeat once more, can be really only be that which is absolutely stable, permanent, independent of all contingencies, and in particular of historical contingencies.
That alone is metaphysical which does not change, and it is also this universality of metaphysic which constitutes its essential unity, precluding the multiplicity of philosophical systems and religious dogmas alike, and hence which confers on its profound immutability.
R Guénon, EDHe126
Metaphysics is what is beyond and above nature, therefore it is the one rightly to be called "the Supernatural".
Metaphysics is the knowledge of the universal principles…
The domain of principles extends much further than some Occidentals have thought, who - nevertheless - have turned metaphysics but into a partial and incomplete mode.
For the metaphysics of the Orient, pure Being is neither the first, nor the most universal of principles, because it is already a determination; it is therefore necessary to go beyond Being - this is after all what is most important.
La Métaphysique Orientale, Éditions Traditionelles, Paris 1993
by Shaykh Abd al Wahid Yahya, René Guénon.
Immersion into metaphysics necessarily entails immersion into the content of revelation.
Ekrem Demirli, in agreement with Ibn ʿArabi and Qunawi
If one were to ask what is metaphysics, the primary answer would be the science of the Real or, more specifically, the knowledge by means of which man is able to distinguish the Real and the illusory and to know things in their essence or as they are, which means ultimately to know them in divinis.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr
• Oriental Metaphysics, Explanations, Definitions, from Réne Guénon
• On the Supreme Principle +That Metaphysics May Not Be Limited, R.G.
• Metaphysics - Why Necessary Today? Omar KN
In the West - - incompleteness of Western metaphysic* - because people linked it with specific and contingent points of view. Metaphysic is not a branch of philosophy - and to treat it that way (as Aristotle did) implies a profound misunderstanding of its real scope and of its character of universality: the absolute Whole cannot form part of something nor can anything else whatsoever enfold or comprise the Universal. 138
(*because Being (ontology) is already a determination and every determination is a limitation.
Being is not really the most universal of all principles. 157)
(*The translator used metaphysic in the singular, as in French ‘la metaphysique’, or German ‘die Metaphysik’.)
Metaphysic must be of necessity be self-sufficing, since it is the only kind of knowledge which is really direct, and it cannot be based on anything other than itself from the very fact that it consists of the knowledge of universal principles from which all else is derived, including the subject matter of the various sciences. 140
Metaphysical formal expression or exposition must always be formulated in such a way as to leave open possibilities of conception as limitless as the domain of metaphysic itself. 143
Pure metaphysic necessarily excludes all systematization, Leibnitz: ’Every system is true in what it affirms and false in what it denies,’ - since a conception of this (systematic) kind leads inevitably to the negation of everything lying outside its scope. 148
Doctrine of non-dualism or non-duality (advaita-vada). Has no equivalent in any European language.
Both terms of spirit and matter are considered simultaneously within the unity of a common but more universal principle - as complements, not opposition. 154
Thus ’non-dualism’ is the only type of doctrine that corresponds to the universality of metaphysic. -
It is an expression of the most essential and fundamental character of metaphysic itself. 155
More on the expression of metaphysical doctrines:
Because of the absolute indetermination of the most universal principles (f ex the idea of the Infinite), one has better to resort to negative expressions (such as ’is not’).
The negation of a determination or of a limitation is properly the negation of a negation, and therefore a real affirmation, so that the negation of all determination is equivalent in reality to affirmation total and absolute. 157
It should never be forgotten that pure metaphysic is in itself absolutely independent of all the more or less imperfect terminologies in which we try to clothe it in order to make it more accessible to human understanding. 158
EDHe, René Guénon