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

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

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

4 "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

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

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

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 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."

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

10 "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."

11 "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

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

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

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

15 "Eternity, whose realization is the ultimate good, is a kingdom of heaven within. Thou art That."

16 "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

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

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

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

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

21 "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

22 "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."

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite