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

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

4 "God in time is grounded in the eternal now of the modeless Godhead. It is in the Godhead that things, lives and minds have their being; it is through God that they have their becoming."

5 "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

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

7 "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

8 "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

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 "Life is God living and working in the soul." William Law

11 "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."

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

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

14 "For though she sink all sinking in the oneness of divinity, she never touches bottom. For it is of the very essence of the soul that she is powerless to plumb the depths of her creator. And here one cannot speak of the soul any more, for she has lost her nature yonder in the oneness of divine essence. There she is no more called soul, but is called immeasurable being." Meister Eckhart

15 "The truth is, of course, that we are all organically related to God, to Nature and to our fellow men."

16 "God, in his simple substance, is all everywhere equally." St. Bernard of Clairvaux

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

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

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

20 "This identity out of the One into the One and with the One is the source and fountainhead and breaking forth of glowing Love." Meister Eckhart

21 "Divine Reality manifests itself as a Power that is loving, compassionate and wise."

22 "Where there is tranquillity, there is neither craving nor aversion, but a steady will to conform to the divine Tao or Logos on every level of existence and a steady awareness of the divine Suchness and what should be one's own relation to it."

23 "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

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

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite