Aldous Huxley Perennial Philosophy

Aldous Huxley

“This thought of “no-mind,” exist, as it were, on a knife-edge between the carelessness of the average sensual man and the strained overeagerness of the zealot for salvation. To achieve it, one must walk delicately and to maintain it, must combine the most intense alertness with a tranquil and self-denying passivity, the most indomitable determination with a perfect submission to the leadings of the spirit. “When no mind is sought after by the mind,” says Huang Po, “that is the making it a particular object of thought. There is only testimony of silence; it goes beyond thinking.” In other words, we as separate individuals must not try to think it, but rather permit ourselves to be thought by it. Similarly in the Diamond Sutra we read that if a Bodhisattva, in an attempt to realize Suchness, “remains the thought of an ego, a person, a separate being, or a soul, he is no longer a Bodhisattva.” Al Ghazzali, the philosopher of Sufism, also stresses the need for intellectual humbleness and docility. “If the thought that he is effaced self occurs to one who is in fana ( a term responding to Zen’s “no mind” or mushin), that is a defect. The highest state is to be effaced from effacement.” There is an ecstatic state of effacement from effacement in the interior heights of the Atman-Brahman; and there is another more comprehensive effacement from effacement, not only in the inner heights but in and through the world, in the everyday knowledge of God and his fullness.

“A man must become truly poor and free from his own creaturely will as he was when he was

born. And I tell you, by the Eternal truth, so long as you have desire to fulfil the will of God,

and after Eternity and God, for just as long you are not truly poor. He alone has spiritual poverty

poverty who will nothing and knows nothing, desires nothing, ” Meister Eckhart”

page 73 of Aldous Huxley “The Perennial Philsophy”

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. Huxley spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. Aldous Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, satirist and interested in spiritual subjects.


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