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."
"What would learning do without love? It would puff up. And love without learning? It would go astray." St. Bernard of Clairvaux
"As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, protects her son, her only son, so let there be good will without measure between all beings. Let good will without measure prevail in the whole world." Metta Sutta
"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 importance, the indispensable necessity, of self-knowledge has been stressed by the saints and doctors of every one of the great religious traditions."
"God, in his simple substance, is all everywhere equally." St. Bernard of Clairvaux
"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
"The divine Ground, according to the Perennial Philosophy, is the supreme good."
"Love is the motive power of the mind." St. Gregory the Great
"The discovery of Wisdom is the surpassing good. When this is found, all the people will sing." Philo
"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
"The ground of the individual soul is akin to, or identical with, the divine Ground of all existence."
“The great fact of God as the First Mover of a universe which partakes of His divinity has always been recognized.”
"Divine Reality manifests itself as a Power that is loving, compassionate and wise."
"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."
"Pure, absolute and eternal Reality – such is Brahman, and 'thou art That.' Meditate upon this truth within your consciousness."
"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."
"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."
"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, to find out Who he really is."
"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
"In spite of everything, 'all will be well' and, in some way, already IS well."
"The one happiness is the Life, the Light, the Spirit of God, manifested in nature and creature."
"Eternity, whose realization is the ultimate good, is a kingdom of heaven within. Thou art That."
"This identity out of the One into the One and with the One is the source and fountainhead and breaking forth of glowing Love." Meister Eckhart
"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
"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."