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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 "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

2 "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."

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

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

5 "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."

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

7 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 "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

15 "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."

16 "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

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

18 "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."

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

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

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

22 "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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite