He held that philosophy works in harmony with religion and should lead to knowledge of God, and that truth flows from a single source, more ancient than the Greeks. Steuco preferred Plato to Aristotle and saw greater congruence between the former and Christianity than the latter philosopher. Spiritual development Ego death Individuation Spiritual development Self-actualization. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. The term perenni philosophia was first used by Agostino Steuco — who used it to title a treatise, De perenni philosophia libri X , published in
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That to achieve this unitive knowledge, to realize this supreme identity, is the final end and purpose of human existence. Lineaments of a Sacred TraditionBrookline, Massachusetts: The mystic Ramakrishna ‘s spiritual ecstasies included experiencing the sameness of Christ, Mohammed and his own Hindu deity.
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That it is possible for human beings to love, know and, from virtually, to become actually identified with the Ground. Theosophy Company published Summary [ edit ] Description Aldous Huxley Description Aldous Huxley Neoplatonists were heavily influenced by Platobut also by the Platonic tradition that thrived during the six centuries which separated the first of the Neoplatonists from Plato.
Indeed, he tends to believe that the truth is lost over time and is only preserved in the prisci theologica.
The Prisca theologiaor venerable and ancient theology, which embodied the truth and could be found in all ages, was a vitally important idea for Ficino. Ficino was influenced by a variety of philosophers including Aristotelian Scholasticism and various pseudonymous and mystical writings.
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Philo of Alexandria c. Ltd Schmitt, Charles”Perennial Philosophy: The idea of a perennial philosophy originated with a number of Renaissance theologians who took inspiration from neo-Platonism and from the theory of Forms.
Marsilio Ficino — sought to integrate Hermeticism with Greek and Jewish-Christian thought,  discerning a Prisca theologia which could be found in all ages.
The work was not put on the Index of works banned by the Roman Catholic Church, although his Cosmopoeia which expressed similar ideas was.
Drawing of Aldous Huxley. This proposed a harmony between the thought of Plato and Aristotle, and saw aspects of the Prisca theologia in Averroesthe Koranthe Cabala among other sources.
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According to Aldous Huxley, in order to apprehend perend divine reality, one must choose to fulfill certain conditions: This notion has influenced thinkers who have proposed versions of the perennial philosophy in the 20th century. Ralph Waldo Emerson — was a pioneer of the idea of spirituality as a distinct field.
Frithjof Schuon on ChristianityBloomington, Indiana: The term was popularized in more recent times by Aldous Huxleywho was profoundly influenced by Vivekananda’s Neo-Vedanta and Universalism.
According to Soares de Azevedo, the perennialist philosophy states that the universal truth is the same within each of the world’s orthodox religious traditions, and is the foundation of their religious knowledge and doctrine.
The New Age aims to create “a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas” that is inclusive and pluralistic. Note that a few countries have copyright terms longer than 70 years: This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.
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The Perennial Philosophy
The term perenni philosophia was first used by Agostino Steuco — who used it to title a treatise, De perenni philosophia libri Xpublished in The German philosopher stands in the tradition of this concordistic philosophy; his philosophy of harmony especially had affinity with Steuco’s ideas.
Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditional 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. Such cross-cultural exchange was not new to the Greeks; the Egyptian god Osiris and the Greek god Dionysus had been equated as Osiris-Dionysus by the historian Herodotus as early as the 5th century BC see Interpretatio graeca.