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The Perennial Philosophy
Aldous Huxley
From the Introduction: "The Perennial Philosophy is the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, the divine Reality; the ethic that places man's final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being - the thing is immemorial and universal."

1 "The existence of sentient creatures has a goal and purpose which is ultimately the supreme good of every one of them."

2 "In the Kingdom of Heaven all is in all, all is one, and all is ours." Meister Eckhart

3 "Build yourself a spiritual cell, which you can always take with you, and that is the cell of true self-knowledge; you will find there the knowledge of God's goodness to you." St. Catherine of Siena

4 "The Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being is to discover the fact for himself, to find out Who he really is."

5 "Eternally, all creatures are God in God….So far as they are in God, they are the same life, the same essence, the same power, the same One, and nothing less." Suso

6 "The ground in which the multifarious and time-bound psyche is rooted is a simple, timeless awareness. By making ourselves pure in heart and poor in spirit we can discover and be identified with this awareness. In the spirit we not only have, but are, the unitive knowledge of the divine Ground." Aldous Huxley

7 "Science and technology could not exist unless we had faith in the reliability of the universe."

8 "To the exponents of the Perennial Philosophy,….the important thing is that individual men and women should come to the unitive knowledge of the divine Ground."

9 "It is only by becoming Godlike that we can know God – and to become Godlike is to identify ourselves with the divine element which in fact constitutes our essential nature."

10 "It is because we don't know Who we are, because we are unaware that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that we behave in the generally silly, the often insane, the sometimes criminal ways that are so characteristically human. We are saved, we are liberated and enlightened, by perceiving the hitherto unperceived good that is already within us, by returning to our eternal Ground and remaining where, without knowing it, we have always been."

11 "Though One, Brahman is the cause of the many." Shankara

12 "The Godhead IS, and his 'isness' contains goodness, love, wisdom, in their essence and principle." Meister Eckhart

13 "Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." Srimad Bhagavatam

14 "The Inner Light is beyond praise and blame; like space it knows no boundaries, yet it is even here, within us, ever retaining its serenity and fulness." Yung-chia Ta-shih

15 "The divine Ground, according to the Perennial Philosophy, is the supreme good."

16 "How shall I grasp it? Do not grasp it. That which remains when there is no more grasping is the Self." Panchadasi

17 "Immortality is participation in the eternal now of the divine Ground."

18 "Eternity, whose realization is the ultimate good, is a kingdom of heaven within. Thou art That."

19 “The great fact of God as the First Mover of a universe which partakes of His divinity has always been recognized.”

20 "What would learning do without love? It would puff up. And love without learning? It would go astray." St. Bernard of Clairvaux

21 "Every thing, event or thought is a point of intersection between creature and Creator, between a more or less distant manifestation of God and a ray, so to speak, of the unmanifest Godhead; every thing, event or thought can therefore be made the doorway through which a soul may pass out of time into eternity."

22 "That Self who is free from impurities, from old age and death, from grief and thirst and hunger, whose desire is true and whose desires come true – that Self is to be sought after and enquired about, that Self is to be realized." The Chandogya Upanishad

23 "The discovery of Wisdom is the surpassing good. When this is found, all the people will sing." Philo

24 "The ground of the individual soul is akin to, or identical with, the divine Ground of all existence."

25 "The Dharma-body (the Absolute) of all the Buddhas enters into my own being. And my own being is found in union with theirs." Yung-chia Ta-shih

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite