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

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 "Take note of this fundamental truth. Everything that works in nature and creature….is the working of God in nature and creature." William Law

5 "The importance, the indispensable necessity, of self-knowledge has been stressed by the saints and doctors of every one of the great religious traditions."

6 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

12 "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."

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

14 "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

15 "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

16 "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."

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

18 "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."

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

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

21 "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

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

23 "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

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

25 "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

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