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

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

3 "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

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

5 "In spite of everything, 'all will be well' and, in some way, already IS well."

6 "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

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

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

9 "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."

10 "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

11 "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."

12 "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."

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

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

15 "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

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

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

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

19 "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."

20 "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."

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

22 "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."

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite