Philosophia Perennis -- the phrase was coined by Leibniz; but the thing -- 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, 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 traditionary 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.
Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
This site is dedicated to the perspective described by Aldous Huxley in his book The Perennial Philosophy. I hope it will serve as a meeting place for all those who sense that, beneath and beyond the diversity of religious forms, there must be Truth, and that since Truth cannot contradict itself, it is always the same Truth.
Here are some authors who are perennialists or whose works contribute to understanding and appreciating the sophia perennis.
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Mysticism and the Perennial Philosophy
The philosophia perennis or Perennial Philosophy affirms that a direct insight into the nature of Reality is a universally human possibility -- whether it be gained after practice of spiritual disciplines and study of scriptures or through a wholly unanticipated illuminating experience of union with God or the Ultimate. A result of such awareness is the confidence that we have devolved from a single Source and the process of spiritual development is completed and perfected in our return to that One.
To call this perennial is to say that such an insight reappears in diverse
times and places, not limited to any particular culture, class, or community.
In more formal words, this philosophy has been described as
"the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality behind the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in [one] something identical with divine Reality and the ethic that places [one's] final end in the knowledge of the Immanent and Transcendent Ground of all things."
In other words, the term philosophia perennis is intended to describe a philosophy
that has been formulated by those who have experienced direct communion with
God or the Ultimate.
Glimpses... from meaningoflife.tv
Is consciousness a mystery--so mysterious as to suggest some higher purpose in the universe?