"Where is the string that Theseus laid?"
labyrinths were placed just to celebrate the master architects? Certainly the ones in Reims and Amiens commemorated the names of the building’s masters, yet the other names given the labyrinths —of Jerusalem and so on—show that this was not their only message.
We must not forget that the clergy at Chartres were famous for their Platonic scholarship, and ranked, in the century before the cathedral was rebuilt, as the foremost centre in Europe for teaching these views. Their Way was the Gnostic one through knowledge rather than through faith. Their kindred order in the Moslem world, the Sufis, wrote. - Quoted from a Pamphlet of Prayers collected at the Sufi Retreat of Beshara, Oxfordshire, 1972.
Beware, for love alone without knowledge, remains unfocused, unaimed, undirected. The consequences of such a love is pointless, leading to a confused state of perpetual ‘Hallelujah’ comparable to the village idiot’s perpetual good humour. Through the medicine of knowledge joy is anchored so that love is directed to the Subject of all love. - Quoted from a Pamphlet of Prayers collected at the Sufi Retreat of Beshara, Oxfordshire, 1972.
Hence we should expect that in Chartres of all places, every object in the cathedral should have the same purpose—to help the pilgrim find the correct and proven path, to give him Ariadne’s thread to lead him through life’s maze.