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The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley

By Aldous Huxley

In keeping with Huxley, the perennial philosophy is: "the metaphysic that acknowledges a divine truth big to the area of items and lives and minds; the psychology that unearths within the soul anything just like, or perhaps exact with, divine fact; the ethic that areas man's ultimate lead to the data of the immanent and transcendent flooring of all being; the article is immemorial and common. Rudiments of the perennial philosophy will be discovered one of the conventional lore of primitive peoples in each sector of the area, and in its absolutely constructed varieties it has a spot in each one of the better religions" (The Perennial Philosophy, p. vii).
The Huxley's use of time period the 'perennial philosophy' can both be visible in its place translation of the Hindu suggestion of Sanatana Dharma, or everlasting faith, or not less than as corresponding with the assumption.

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Level, equally cogent reason is this : fruitful thinking is done much of the world's most original and by people of poor physique and of a thoroughly unpractical Because this is so, and because the value of pure thought, whether analytical or integral, has everywhere been turn of mind. more or less clearly recognized, provision was and still is made by every civilized society for giving thinkers a measure of protection from the ordinary strains and stresses of social life. The hermitage, the monastery, the college, the academy and the research laboratory; the begging bowl, the endowment, patronage and the grant of taxpayers' money such are the principal devices that have been used by actives to conserve that rare bird, the religious, philosophical, artistic or scientific contemplative.

Similarly, to communicate with finite minds either by manipulating the world of men and things in ways which the particular mind to be reached at that moment will find meaningful; or else there may be direct communication gifts the divine Mind may choose by something resembling thought transference. In Eckhart's phrase, God, the creator and perpetual re- creator of the world, 'becomes and disbecomes/ In other words He is, to some extent at least, in time. temporal God A THE PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY 38 might have the nature of the traditional Hebrew God of the Old Testament; or He might be a limited deity of the kind described by certain philosophical theologians of the present century; or alternatively He might be an emergent God, starting unspiritually at Alpha and becoming gradually more divine as the aeons rolled on towards some hypothetical Omega.

This God, they God and I, we are one in knowledge. is not so. ' Or perhaps it might be accurate to use the verb transitively and say, 'I live, yet 'I live, more not I; for lives his it is the Logos who lives me 9 lives me as In such a case, of course, the actor part. infinitely superior to the role. Where real life is an actor is always concerned, there are no Shakespearean characters^ there are only Addisonian Catos or, more often, grotesque Monsieur Perrichons and Charley's Aunts mistaking themselves for Julius Caesar or the Prince of Denmark.

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