The Perennial Philosophy
Programme 1st Year
The Perennial Philosophy explores the common spiritual and philosophical beliefs that have emerged across various cultures and traditions throughout history. Huxley argues that despite the diversity of these traditions, there is a core set of universal truths and values that underlie all of them, which he calls the “perennial philosophy.”
The book examines various aspects of this philosophy, including its views on the nature of reality, the relationship between the individual and the divine, the importance of self-transcendence and spiritual practice, and the ethical principles that guide human behavior.
Huxley draws on a wide range of sources to support his argument, including texts from Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, and Islam, as well as works by mystics and philosophers from throughout history. The book has been influential in the development of comparative religion and spirituality, and it continues to be read and discussed by scholars and seekers of spiritual truth.
Reading for next lecture
– Essays Volume V