perennial philosophy


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perennial philosophy,

n a view that sees the world as divided into two aspects: the invisible, unified, unmanifest, implicit, mystical level of reality and the visible, manifold, manifest, explicit, material level of reality (the latter is understood as derived from and secondary to the former). Some regard the perennial philosophy as the universal philosophy common to all religions and spiritual traditions. Also called
philosophia perennis.
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Philosophers and theologians have spoken of a perennial philosophy for centuries.
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in favor of a perennial philosophy, careful as he is to delineate the differences between various religious worldviews and the languages they employ.
Thus, Deussen projects onto Indian intellectual history his belief in the existence of a single perennial philosophy, identifying the idealism of Advaita Vedanta as a pristine philosophical system that is subsequently denigrated by the dualist Samkhya (pp.
Healing forgiveness can be contextually understood within the ageless wisdom of the Perennial Philosophy.
The core contention of the Perennial Philosophy is that all is One: separate entities exist, but at a "deeper" level their separateness gives way to an underlying, timeless Unity.
This relatively short and very readable book certainly makes the point, and then some, that "the perennial philosophy," as applied by this author, is still very much alive, and truly does have much to teach us about our present situation and our future prospects.
It is nothing less than to reinterpret the perennial philosophy of mysticism in twenty-first-century terms, to bear witness to the fact that mysticism is not what the dictionary says it is, something related to a sacredly obscure attempt to achieve elevated religious feeling or ecstasy, but a philosophy that sets out to comprehend and explain the nature of reality as it relates to man.
His 1944 novel Time Must Have a Stop incorporated the Perennial Philosophy into its narrative.
The best guide I know to God-centred behaviour is Aldous Huxley's The Perennial Philosophy.
As for the question of the origin of life, I believe--and this is not just what I believe but it is the view of the Islamic intellectual tradition, and is confirmed by the perennial philosophy, all origins have to do with Being, because everything that exists comes from the act of Being, Pure Being, if we speak in the language of Western philosophy, or more religiously speaking, with what we call the Hand of God as the Author of creation; whatever is created has ultimately the same author.
Neville suggests that the establishment of a perennial philosophy may take the opposite approach.