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Perennial Tradition by NORMAN Liver Good.

Perennial Tradition by NORMAN Liver Good.

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The Perennial Tradition--Introduction
 
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"
Philosophia Perennis
--the phrase was coined by Leibniz; but the thing--the metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul somethingsimilar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man'sfinal end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of allbeing--the thing is immemorial and universal."Aldous Huxley. (1944).
The Perennial Philosophy
This book provides an entrée into the Perennial1Tradition,the
secret legacy,
the single stream of initiatory teaching
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The Perennial Tradition--Introduction
flowing through all the great schools of mysticism. Relative tothe time and place in which they work, teachers within thePerennial Tradition adapt earlier and contemporary teachingsto meet the needs of their students."I have meditated on the different religions,endeavoring to understand them, and I have foundthat they stem from a single principle with numerousramifications. Do not therefore ask a man to adopt aparticular religion (rather than another), for thiswould separate him from the fundamental principle; itis this principle itself which must come to seek him;in it are all the heights and all the meaningselucidated; then he will understand them."Al-Hallaj, a Sufi Perennialist teacher"Hence there is a single religion and a single creedfor all beings endowed with understanding, and thisreligion is presupposed behind all the diversity ofrites."Nicolas of CusaThe conception that the Perennial Tradition is the singlestream of initiatory teaching flowing through all the original,authentic expressions of the great religions and philosophiesdoes not point to an indiscriminate syncretism or a vacuouseclecticism.It is important for seekers to realize what a uniqueapproach to teaching the Perennial Tradition embodies. Non-Perennialist books on philosophy, religion, mysticism, or theoccult are the results of teachers of a specific era borrowingfrom the ideas and practices of former thinkers and creating asyncretism of doctrines and procedures which they then
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The Perennial Tradition--Introduction
represent as their own new system.Perennialist teaching material and teaching methods are,on the contrary, the outcome of creative adaptation tocontemporary needs of the identical stream of Perennialisttruth by the initiated teacher. Certain material within thetradition becomes superseded and a Perennialist teacherdoes not repeat it just because it had been used at an earliertime.Each Perennialist teacher will arrive at a differentembodiment of the fundamental truths, not because she isborrowing from her predecessors and building her ownphilosophical system on the basis of their ideas, but becausethe needs of her students, relative to her own time and placein history, require new compilations and techniques. ThePerennialist teacher makes genuine contact with the essenceof the Perennial Tradition and the originating impulseindicates what and how instructional material is to be used.In many instances, the immediate disciples of Perennialistteachers do not understand their masters' esoteric teachings,
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