Eternal and Universal Truth

Introduction Although he did not originate the idea, Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) is certainly the figure who is most widely associated with the term the perennial philosophy.  The perennial philosophy is the idea of a core of shared truth and insight at the heart of a wide variety of diverse worldviews: the idea that mystics and visionaries spanning the world’s religions and philosophical systems have apprehended a common reality.  Each of these mystics has expressed this reality in the language appropriate to their respective cultural settings and points of view. As an approach that sees truth as available from a variety of standpoints, the perennial philosophy could be called a form of pluralism, albeit one that emphasizes the underlying unity of viewpoints, rather than the ways in which each viewpoint is unique. An analysis of Huxley’s version of the perennial philosophy reveals that this approach to diverse worldviews is rooted in Vedanta, th

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