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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 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

2 "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."

3 "Every individual being, from the atom up to the most highly organized of living bodies and the most exalted of finite minds may be thought of as a point where a ray of the primordial Godhead meets one of the differentiated, creaturely emanations of that same Godhead's creative energy."

4 "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

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

6 "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

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

8 "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

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

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

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

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

13 "Love is the motive power of the mind." St. Gregory the Great

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

16 "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

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

18 "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

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

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

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

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

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

24 "The aim and purpose of human life is the unitive knowledge of God."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite