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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 "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."

2 "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."

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

4 "The goal of creation is the return of all sentient beings out of separateness and that infatuating urge-to-separateness which results in suffering, through unitive knowledge, into the wholeness of eternal Reality."

5 "The Perennial Philosophy teaches that it is desirable and indeed necessary to know the spiritual Ground of things, not only within the soul, but also outside in the world and beyond world and soul, in its transcendent otherness."

6 "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."

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 "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

9 "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

10 "Human individuals possess the momentous power of choosing either selflessness and union with God, or the intensification of separate selfhood."

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

12 "As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, protects her son, her only son, so let there be good will without measure between all beings. Let good will without measure prevail in the whole world." Metta Sutta

13 "Pure, absolute and eternal Reality – such is Brahman, and 'thou art That.' Meditate upon this truth within your consciousness."

14 "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."

15 "Only absorption in the loving and knowing of the divine Ground can rid it [the mind] of all fear."

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

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

18 "The one happiness is the Life, the Light, the Spirit of God, manifested in nature and creature."

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

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

21 "Pure love is God Himself." St. Catherine of Genoa

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 "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

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

25 "Almighty Love….is stronger than death." John Smith, the Platonist

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite