Aldous Huxley is well known author. He presents here what is called the Eternal philosophy.
The path of esotericism is explained here in 60 principles. We recommend reading them carefully. Remember to come back on this part regularly.
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1. The immanent Self is one with the Absolute Principle of all existence.
2. The last end of every human being is to find out who we are, to live the “You are that,” and all this in the deepest and most central part of the soul.
3. The Man of Desire must address the Absolute from the inside and the outside, so he manages to realize God experimentally as both His own principle and the Principle of everything.
4. In a given generation, the “chosen” are few. But the opportunity to reach liberating knowledge will be always offered in one way or another, until all beings actually realize what they are.
5 – The Absolute Basis of all existence has a personal aspect. For Christian mystics, the ineffable Godhead, without attributes, is manifested in a Trinity of Persons.
6. There is an incarnation of God in a human being who has the same qualities as the personal God. He shows the limitations imposed by imprisonment in a spatial and temporal body.
7. God can be worshiped and contemplated in any of His aspects. But the complete transformation of consciousness, which is “enlightenment “, the “liberation” occurs only when thinking about God as He is immanent and transcendent at the same time, supra -personal and personal at the same time.
8. Divinity should not be simply absolute academic metaphysics, but something more purely perfect.
9. There is a hierarchy of the Real. The multiple world of our everyday experience is a relative reality at our level, but indisputable. This relative reality has its being inside and at the center of the absolute reality so because of the “otherness” of his eternal nature, we cannot describe, but we can apprehend directly.
10. The direct knowledge of the Supreme can only be obtained by the union, and the union can only be achieved by the annihilation of the ego oriented to itself, which is the barrier separating the “you” and the “that.”
11. The obsessing knowledge that man has to be a separated “ego” is the essential obstacle to the intuitive knowledge of God.
12. Man is composed of body, psyche and spirit. Personality or ego is a product of the first two of these elements. The third element is identical to the Supreme. The identification of the self with the spiritual non-self can be achieved only by dying to the personality and living in the Spirit.
13. We have the freedom to associate our being with our Self (Man of the Torrent) or with the Divine within us (Spirit-Man), or sometimes with the Self and with the non-self at other times (Man of Desire).
14. The Holy Man or Spirit-man, or Rose-Cross, is a man who knows the importance of the little things and who also knows that every moment of our life is a moment of crisis. In order to uitably cope with the sudden needs of his lifestyle, he submits to proper training of the mind and body.
15. The acts of the Wise Men are constantly without the Ego. They are always “awake” so they know at any time who they are and what is their true relationship with the universe and the fundamental unity.
16 – Being purged from the Ego, the Initiate is able to serve as a channel of grace and be able to access the spiritual reality.
17. Any individual may be considered a point or a ray of the original deity.
18. When we have a strong desire to realize the Supreme in the world as well as in our soul, instead of avoiding temptations and distractions, we accept them and use them as opportunities to go forward. There must be no removal of the outer activities, but transformation of them into something sacramental.
19. No one who has come to the wisdom behaves as if the evanescent and eternity, Nature and Grace were fundamentally different, or incompatible.
20. Nature is sacred, and it is a sin and madness to want to become its master and not its intelligently docile collaborator.
21. Love is a mode of knowledge, and when Love is selfless, knowledge becomes intuitive and thus becomes infallible. .
22. The Man of the Torrent makes the laws of Nature and the Spirit conform to his own desires; so he “feels nothing”, and is therefore rendered incapable of knowledge.
23. The highest form of initiation is an immediate spiritual intuition by which knowledge and the one who knows become One.
24. Only if we remain in peace can we remain in Knowledge and Love, and achieving this peace requires that we take the path of a humble life.
25. Charity has its beginning in the will: the desire for peace and humility, the willingness of patience and kindness, the will of selfless love.
26. To those who seek first the Kingdom of God (initiation), all the rest will be given. To those who seek first the rest, hoping that the Kingdom of God will be given, everything will be removed.
27. Asceticism is essential, but the annihilation of the ego should not be held as an end in itself. It is a simple instrument: an indispensable means to something else.
28. Stoic austerity is the exaltation of the most estimable side of the Self at the expense of the less estimable side. Initiation is the total negation of the separative ego and abandon to the will of God.
29. The ability for psychic powers sometimes relates to fasts, vigils and mortifications. Belief that these extraordinary abilities have anything to do with the liberation of consciousness is a dangerous illusion.
30- Anyone who wants to can find all the asceticism needed from the everyday life, without ever resorting to exceptional practices.
31. True asceticism results in the elimination of self-will, self-interest, thoughts, wishes and fantasies focused on “me.”
32. A conduct that ignores the self makes possible the access to knowledge, and the access to knowledge makes possible the fulfillment of new actions more authentic without the Ego.
33. Social disorders are due to men being separated from their divine origins and living according to their own will and desire, not in accordance with the Will of Heaven (Tao) as it appears on all planes, from the physical to the spiritual.
34. The one who knows how to adapt to every situation always seeks the lowest place. It is not the rock but the water that makes the eternal mountains disappear.
35. A sustainable society is one in which those who are qualified to see the goals indicate what the aims should be, while those whose role is to govern respect authority and listen to the advice of the Friends of God.
36. The purpose of reason is to create outwardly and inwardly favorable conditions for the transfiguration in Spirit. You are as holy as you want to be.
37. With the best will in the world, all anyone can hope for is to make the most of his psycho- physical. congenital constitution. It is beyond our power to change our own constitution.
38. If we are ignorant of ourselves, it is because knowledge is painful, and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.
39. Deliverance takes place outside of time and eternity. This is achieved by submissiveness to the eternal nature of things.
40. Only wise men may know constantly and by direct experience that the Reality manifests itself as a power that is loving, compassionate and wise.
41. The “damned” are not in hell because “someone” is wrathful against them. They are in anger and in darkness because they neglected the light.
42. The instant is the only opening through which the soul can leave time to reach eternity, by which grace can leave eternity to descend into the soul, and by which love can move from one soul to another.
43. "Heaven" is being delivered from the separated temporal self and entering into eternity in the knowledge of the Supreme. The “saved” is the one who is liberated here and now.
44. All forms of Virtue and Good (and even the Eternal Good which is God himself) can make a man good or happy, only if he goes inward to discover the meaning of his life.
45. Good men spiritualize their bodies; bad men incarnate their souls.
46. The nature of the liberation of an initiate depends on the purity he reached during his earthly life, and the particular way he has chosen to follow.
47. Being attentive to your language is the most fertile asceticism.
48. The highest meditation is the most passive.
49. The effects of suffering may be morally and spiritually bad, neutral or good, depending on how we endure and how we react.
50. The Just can escape pain only by accepting and transcending it.
51. Love is the plumb line as well as the astrolabe of God's mysteries, and those who are pure in heart see far into the depths of divine justice.
52. Those who turn to God without forgetting the ego are tempted by evil, by using God's name to justify their ambitions, or by acquiring supernatural powers.
53. We always get what we ask. The only trouble is, you never know, until you have obtained what was asked.
54. The rituals, sacraments and ceremonies are useful insofar as they recall the true nature of things; they suggest what might be the relationship of humans with the cosmos and the Supreme.
55. The presence inherent in an object, a name, or a sacramental formula is not a real presence of God, but something that, while perhaps reflecting the Divine Reality, is however, something less.
56. An initiate who has learned to consider objects as symbols, people like temples, and acts as sacraments, is a man who has learned to constantly remember who he is, where he is in relation to cosmos and the Supreme, how he should behave toward his fellows, and what to do to achieve liberation.
57. The one who seeks God in a particular appearance grabs the shape while letting out the God who is hidden.
58. How will we support the faults of our neighbor if we are not eager to support our own? The one who is consumed by his own imperfections does not correct them. Any good modification comes from a calm and peaceful mind.
59. It is in Godhead that things, lives and minds have their being. It is through God that they return to unity.
60. There are three kinds of grace: animal grace (biological), human grace (social), and spiritual grace. The latter has its origin in this Supreme being which is in everyone and it is granted to help man achieve his ultimate goal.