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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 "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."

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

3 "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

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "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."

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

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

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

12 "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

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

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

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

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

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

19 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite