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The Perennial Philosophy

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Published by Perennial .
Written in English

  • Religion,
  • Philosophy Of Religion,
  • Literature - Classics / Criticism,
  • Philosophy,
  • Christian Theology - General,
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  • Philosophy and religion

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    Number of Pages336
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL9238590M
    ISBN 100060901918
    ISBN 109780060901912

    As these words recall a forgotten familiarity within us, the question naturally arises,"How do I achieve that inner certainty that I am 'That'? They revolve around the realized real, something almost indescribable and I cannot describe it or pretend to that happens when one engages in contemplative practice. In the words of Ananda Coomaraswamy, these are all paths that lead to the same Summit. So a large portion of what Huxley talks about here and what is central to the mystical tradition makes sense to me, because I have had what counts as "mystical" experiences. I almost wrote "not boring as a mode of thought.

    Are the timeless words of the mystics of value today? Is there not something eternal on which we can depend? Some sort of ranking or hierarchy is probably inevitable if one is to avoid complete relativism. To end, I'll note that the book contains some unexpected surprises, including Huxley's various interesting, if not in my mind accurate, readings of various poems and the like. Finally, Ferrer argues that perennialism is objectivist and essentialist — it insists that there is a reality of spiritual facts waiting, out there, to be discovered.

    This Truth is beyond being. Roy, Ramakrishna and Vivekananda were all influenced by the Hindu school of Advaita Vedanta[25] which they saw as the exemplification of a Universalist Hindu religiosity. But they abruptly abandoned hope in Europe, and moved to Los Angeles in I still have that copy, sitting beside me. Some will insist on a stark choice between Jesus or hell, the Quran or hell.

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But it is still One, the Unconditioned, which we can encounter not just through mystical experiences, but also through logical deduction from the strange facts of Being and consciousness. Huxley's anthology of mystical utterances validates and verifies in the mind of the reader that moment in which he knew himself to be more than just a constructed perception of himself in time; that moment when his knowing and feeling were no longer "occupied and filled with a foul stinking lump of himself," as the author of The Cloud of Unknowing so vividly described it.

It can be self-validating — the proof of the philosophy is the special experiences of the saints. Perhaps the perennial philosophy might become popular after all. The path to awakening involves daily training in contemplation, recollection, non-attachment, charity and love.

It is as if his quicksilverish intelligence has been put on hold or has found itself in a deep freeze of his own making. That, my friends, is mysticism. All human beings are fundamentally aware of the necessity of their own evolutionary return to the singular eternal reality of Universal Mind. So a large portion of what Huxley talks about here and what is central to the mystical tradition makes sense to me, because I have had what counts as "mystical" experiences.

This idea of mixing religions is not perennial. Better yet, Mr.

The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West

Hart argues that critics of theism confuse gods with God. To this the fully developed Perennial Philosophy has at all times and in all places given fundamentally the same answer. The Perennial Philosophy attests to the dramatic experience of this compelling necessity. Perennialism also over-emphasises individual experience, according to Ferrer, which can lead to spiritual narcissism and thrill-seeking this is all too obvious in the psychedelic community.

That is how it is defined on this website. These selections are arranged under various heads and embedded, so to speak, in a commentary of my own, designed to illustrate and connect, to develop and, where necessary, to elucidate.


For a while they, along with the novelist Christopher Isherwood, became prominent members of the Vedanta Society of southern California Vedanta is a form of Hindu mysticism. It is only when you hunt for it that you lose it. Its running commentary deals with many of the social implications of Huxley's metaphysics.

The divine Ground of all existence is a spiritual Absolute, ineffable in terms of discursive thought, but in certain circumstances susceptible of being directly experienced and realized by the human being. In what sense, then, is it universal?

Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditionary lore of primitive peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.

He points out that perennialism is hierarchical and thereby potentially intolerant.

ISBN 13: 9780061724947

That even if all of my tightly held theology had been stripped away, I might still find God. Its central precepts have been described as "drawing on both Eastern and Western spiritual and metaphysical traditions and infusing them with influences from self-help and motivational psychologyholistic healthparapsychologyconsciousness research and quantum physics ".

In Eastern terms: 1 There is a Spiritual Ground of existence, 2 the core of each human soul is identical with the Spiritual Ground, and 3 our ultimate destiny, if we choose it, is absorption in the Ground.

It is that they have an extremely narrow account of reality and of the possibilities of the human mind, and make their system make sense by excluding anything out of the ordinary, making it disorder and insanity. Otherwise, why follow it?Jul 28,  · This book, I repeat, is an anthology of the Perennial Philosophy; but, though an anthology, it contans but few extracts from the writings of professional men of letters and, though illustrating a philosophy, hardly anything from the professional philosophers.

The reason for this is very simple/5. Aldous Huxley argued that all religions in the world were underpinned by universal beliefs and experiences. Was he right? This site is dedicated to a deeper understanding of the perennial philosophy, primarily through the development and use of a series of lectionary readings called the Lectio Mystica, a liturgy of liberation.

The Lectio selections are taken from sacred and secular expressions of the perennial philosophy and are intended to support individual or group study Continue reading "About". Sep 20,  · "The Perennial Philosophy," Aldous Huxley writes, "may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions."With great wit and stunning intellect-drawing on a diverse array of /5(3).

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favorite. share. flag. Jul 01,  · The Perennial Philosophy is defined by its author as "The metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds." With great wit and stunning intellect, Aldous Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains them in terms that are personally meaningful.5/5(5).