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

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

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

6 "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."

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

8 "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."

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

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

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

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

13 "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."

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

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

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

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

18 "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

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

20 "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

21 "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

22 "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."

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

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