Find your next favorite audiobook

Become a member today and listen free for 30 days
The Perennial Philosophy

The Perennial Philosophy

Written by Aldous Huxley

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies


The Perennial Philosophy

Written by Aldous Huxley

Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

ratings:
4.5/5 (11 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 20, 2017
ISBN:
9781541479562
Format:
Audiobook

Description

"The Perennial Philosophy," Aldous Huxley writes, "may be found among the traditional lore of peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions."

With great wit and stunning intellect—drawing on a diverse array of faiths, including Zen Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Christian mysticism, and Islam—Huxley examines the spiritual beliefs of various religious traditions and explains how they are united by a common human yearning to experience the divine. The Perennial Philosophy includes selections from Meister Eckhart, Rumi, and Lao Tzu, as well as the Bhagavad Gita, Tibetan Book of the Dead, Diamond Sutra, and Upanishads, among many others.
Publisher:
Released:
Sep 20, 2017
ISBN:
9781541479562
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Aldous Huxley (1894–1963) is the author of the classic novels Brave New World, Island, Eyeless in Gaza, and The Genius and the Goddess, as well as such critically acclaimed nonfiction works as The Perennial Philosophy and The Doors of Perception. Born in Surrey, England, and educated at Oxford, he died in Los Angeles, California.


Related to The Perennial Philosophy

Related Audiobooks
Related Articles

Reviews

What people think about The Perennial Philosophy

4.5
11 ratings / 5 Reviews
What did you think?
Rating: 0 out of 5 stars

Reader reviews

  • (4/5)
    It's a good book in principle, but rather repetitive, and a touch too religious in its own way, rather than philosophical. I am not sure of the value of transcending the illusion of "I", in favour of being "nothing", or "everything", according to the book. I leave you with a quote I liked at p.83, "Love seeks no cause beyond itself and no fruit; it is its own fruit, its own enjoyment. I love because I love".
  • (5/5)
    What have all the mystics of all times and all religions in common? What are all of them telling and doing with their lives? Mr Huxley goes find about and tell you in this masterpiece, that happens to be double masterpiece for the fact of being published in the most atheist period of Humanity, and not even in a way that would fight such atheism. Because the book is not trying to bring you to any religion. In fact, religions are presented as obstacles to reach the total knowledge (and the total love, which for a mystic I guess is just the same). Precious.
  • (4/5)
    This book brought all spiritual and religious thought down to several basic commonalities. These are the tenets, then that have more likelihood of real truth.
  • (2/5)
    Agnostic quasi-religious treatise on how to realize divinity (a.k.a. reality). It seems Huxley's The Divine Within was more than enough for me.
  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    documented brilliance. this is a wandering intellects encyclopedia that embodies all the Eastern religions and critiques most of the Western ones to in a way only the great late Mr. Huxley could do.a book that changes minds forever

    1 person found this helpful