The term “perennial philosophy” was coined by Leibniz and made famous by Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]. Ken Wilber defines it as “the transcendental essence of the great religions—has as its core the notion of advaita or advaya—‘nonduality,’ [Oneness] which means that reality is neither one nor many, neither permanent nor dynamic, neither separate nor united, neither pluralistic nor holistic. It is entirely and radically above and prior to any form of conceptual [intellectual] elaboration.”
The existence of the perennial philosophy whether experienced today or 5,000 years ago by mothers and mystics, plowmen or professors speaks to the universality of the insights that the True self is capable of in the present moment. These simple principles could form the foundation of a new and sustainable worldview, a paradigm shift for humanity.
Huxley’s Perennial Philosophy is:
- Spirit exists.
- Spirit is found within.
- Most of us don’t realize this Spirit within and we live in the illusion of separateness and duality.
- There are paths to our liberation leading out of this fear and ignorance.
- If we each follow our path to the realization of oneness, the result is peace, freedom and joy which …
- Marks the end of suffering which …
- Results in love and compassionate action on behalf of all Creation.
In the language of Simple Reality the Perennial Philosophy is:
- Simple Reality exists.
- Simple Reality (wisdom) is found within.
- Most of us don’t realize our inner wisdom or our connection with the Implicate Order because we are in the thrall of the illusion of P-B and the false self.
- There is a way out of the suffering and the ignorance of P-B.
- If we each commit to the practice and experience of Insight meditation (Vipassana) and the Point of Power Practice (see Appendix A) we can experience P-A (Oneness) and present moment reality which is liberating.
- In the Now there is no suffering but only the experience of Simple Reality (Oneness).
- In the present moment we respond to whatever is happening and act with compassion for ourselves, others and all of Creation.
References available in published book Science & Philosophy