Perennial Philosophy

Whether Perennial Philosophy or Axial age, there is a human pursuit of things unseen, a feeling, an intuition. Is that feeling evolutionary or innate; is it there because there exists an eternal logos?  The How, The Why, The Who… how does this all relate to knowledge or community in an International setting?  Is there common ground that can be found between the ideal and the material, the religious and the atheist?

Aldous Huxley:

  1. “The phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousness- the world of things and animals an human beings and even gods- is a manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being…”
  2. Human beings are capable of realizing the existence of the Divine Ground “by a direct intuition superior to discursive reasoning” or rational knowledge; this intuition is a knowledge that unites the knower with that which is known.
  3. Human beings posses ad double nature, “a phenomenal ego and an eternal self, which is the inner person, the spirit,k the spark of divinity within the soul.” Our phenomenal ego itself is a manifestation of the Divine Ground.
  4. The purpose of human life is to identify oneself with this eternal Self and ‘so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.’

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