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."
"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."
"The existence of sentient creatures has a goal and purpose which is ultimately the supreme good of every one of them."
"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."
"The discovery of Wisdom is the surpassing good. When this is found, all the people will sing." Philo
"Take note of this fundamental truth. Everything that works in nature and creature….is the working of God in nature and creature." William Law
"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
"In the Kingdom of Heaven all is in all, all is one, and all is ours." Meister Eckhart
"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."
"In spite of everything, 'all will be well' and, in some way, already IS well."
"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
"Love is the motive power of the mind." St. Gregory the Great
"The Godhead IS, and his 'isness' contains goodness, love, wisdom, in their essence and principle." Meister Eckhart
"Eternity, whose realization is the ultimate good, is a kingdom of heaven within. Thou art That."
“The great fact of God as the First Mover of a universe which partakes of His divinity has always been recognized.”
"The one happiness is the Life, the Light, the Spirit of God, manifested in nature and creature."
"Learn to look with an equal eye upon all beings, seeing the one Self in all." Srimad Bhagavatam
"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."
"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."
"Only absorption in the loving and knowing of the divine Ground can rid it [the mind] of all fear."
"Almighty Love….is stronger than death." John Smith, the Platonist
"Divine Reality manifests itself as a Power that is loving, compassionate and wise."
"The aim and purpose of human life is the unitive knowledge of God."
"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
"Human individuals possess the momentous power of choosing either selflessness and union with God, or the intensification of separate selfhood."
"How shall I grasp it? Do not grasp it. That which remains when there is no more grasping is the Self." Panchadasi