Re-blogged from Golden Age of Gaia
The Ancient Wisdom or Perennial Philosophy – Part 3
(Continued from Part 2.)
I’d like to conclude our look at the Perennial Philosophy with three views of it: that of the religious organizer Annie Besant, the Master Hilarion, and the scholar Aldous Huxley.
This Divine Wisdom is spoken of as the Wisdom, the Gnosis, the Theosophia, and some, in different ages of the world, have so desired to emphasize their belief in this unity of religions that they have preferred the eclectic name of Theosophist to any narrower designation. (1)
The main spiritual verities of religion may be summarized thus:
i. [There is] one eternal infinite cognizable real Existence.
ii. From That, the manifested God [unfolds] from unity to duality, from duality to trinity.
iii. From the manifested Trinity many spiritual Intelligences [guide] the cosmic order.
iv. Man [is] a reflection of the manifested God and therefore a trinity fundamentally, his inner real self being eternal, one with the Self of the universe.
v. His evolution [proceeds] by repeated incarnations, into which he is drawn by desire, and from which he is set free by knowledge and sacrifice, becoming divine in potency as he had ever been divine in latency. (2)
The Master Hilarion
The soul of a man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor have no limit.
The principle which gives life dwells in us and without us, is undying and eternally beneficent, is not heard or seen or smelt, but is perceived by the man who desires perception.
Each man is his own absolute lawgiver, the dispenser of glory or gloom to himself, the decreer of his life, his reward, his punishment. (3) Continue reading