Aldous Huxley and Perennial Philosophy

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In Perennial Philosophy, Aldous Huxley points at another source of knowledge that may help us in finding our new direction of progress - the records of experiences of the historical people who acquired such knowledge:

"In studying the Perennial Philosophy we can begin either at the bottom, with practice and morality; or at the top, with a consideration of metaphysical truths; or, finaly, in the middle, at the focal point where mind and matter, action and thought have their meeting place in human psychology. [...] The middle gate gives entrance to the exponents of what has been called "spiritual religion" the devout contemplatives of India, the Sufis of Islam, the Catholic mystics of the later Middle Ages, and, in the protestant tradition, such men as Denk and Franck and Castelliio, as Everard and John Smith and the first Quakers and William Law. [...] Based upon the direct experience of those who have fulfilled the necessary conditions of such knowledge, this teaching is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, tat tvan asi ("That art thou"); 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, and to find out Who he really is. "

In our dialog, Huxley's bok will symbolize the fact that 'the direct experience of those who have fulfilled the necessary conditions of such knowledge' agree with surprising consistency, and that they orient us towards a very different direction of progress than the one that we currently follow.

To get an idea, you may open this Amazon.com Perennial Philosophy page in your browser and search for the words "unity" and "love".


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