Perennial philosophy

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Perennial philosophy (Latin: philosophia perennis), also referred to as perennialism and perennial wisdom, is a perspective in spirituality that views all of the world's religious traditions as sharing a single, metaphysical truth or origin from which all esoteric and exoteric knowledge and doctrine has grown.


  • The Perennial Philosophy is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, ‘tat tvam 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, to find out who he really is.
    • Aldous Huxley. Huxley, Aldous (1945), The perennial philosophy (1st ed.), New York: Harper & Brothers
  • ... 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 to, 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. Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditional 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.[28]
    • Huxley, Aldous (1945), The perennial philosophy (1st ed.), New York: Harper & Brothers

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