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The perennial philosophy


In this reissue, in Huxley's centenary year, he quotes from Chinese Taoists, from followers of Buddha and Mohammed, from the Brahmin scriptures and from Christian mystics such as St John of the Cross to illustrate his belief in a universal truth. Beneath the revelations of all the great world religions, the teachings of the wise and the holy of all faiths and the mystical experiences of every race and age, Huxley believed there was a basic unity of belief which is the closest approximation mankind can make to truth and ultimate reality. Hide synopsis

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Truths gathered throughout time

by on Jun 7, 2013

This book has appeared on other people's recommended reading list through out my life. I am very pleased to have bought a copy for my self The service was good and the price right More

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An Excellent Synthesis of Spiritual Commonalities

by Stephen P on Apr 4, 2013

In a globally integrated world where the nightly news catalogues religious and cultural conflicts, one might get the impression that differences matter more than commonalities. This book provides one of the classic statements to the contrary. Huxley revisits core religious texts and draws a series ... More


Great overview of spiritual path

by Wizkid on Sep 9, 2010

This is an astonishing book, both a beautiful ecumenical overview of the spiritual life and a first-rate anthology of passages from spiritual writings from all traditions. The overview is organized in a persuasive and illuminating way, beginning with psychology and moving to ethics and metaphysics, ... More


Beautiful and sweeping

by FrancoisConradie on May 6, 2008

Aldous Huxley has always been one of my favourite writers, of non-fiction as well as fiction. The Perennial Philosophy is one of his best, a wide ranging look at Christian, Muslim and Buddhist writers (including ones that one very seldom, if ever, hears of) to make the point that the aim of religion ... More

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