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The Perennial Philosophy

Written by: Aldous Huxley
Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
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"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.

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"This collection indicates the evolution of Huxley's thinking...A book for a religio-philosophical market, for mystics, [and] for students of eastern thought." ( Kirkus)
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Fantastic Eastern Philosophy

A timeless look at Eastern Philosophy and the influence it has had upon Humanity. Complex but interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-29

Segments in French

Overall a great audiobook one caveat though, whenever the narrator is reading a sentence or a few sentences in French it is completely unintelligible, period. Why pretend to speak French when the narrator has obviously no background whatsoever in the language.
I am a French native and cannot understand a word of what is supposed to be a reading of French philosophers and theologians writings.

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  • Jon
  • 2017-11-29

LOVED it! Huge fan of Huxley, this book is why.

I just cannot get enough of Huxley's high brow take on philosophy and this perspective on spirituality. This book is written in an objective tone and critical of the obvious and parallels the contrary for delightful aspirations. Aldous knows how to place harsh next to beauty, and respect for all kinds. Plus his humor is well worth a second read.

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  • blueberryd
  • 2018-03-11

Great Content.

This book is full of great insight. The narrator was good but i felt he often read to quickly, sometimes sounded pretentious, and really realllly butchered indian/hindu/sanskrit words. His french and latin sounded amazing though. This audiobook contains amazing , thought provoking truths. I will likely buy the physical book and read at my own pace/leisure to get an even fuller understanding . Overall , this is an excellent book, good narrator, and i definitely recommend it!

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  • The Buddhist Shaman
  • 2017-11-17

Great book. It's still relevant.

Amazing work still relevant and viable. There's some dated thought but it captures the mind soul and personality to think deeply about what it means to be human and where the divine spark comes from.

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  • Caleb E Madrigal
  • 2019-01-29

Truth dense

“The Perennial Philosophy” is, without a doubt, one of the most truth-dense books I’ve ever read. I’m amazed it’s not more popular. I can’t recommend it enough!

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  • Kathryn D. Smith
  • 2020-05-04

EPIC!

It's Indescribable how good this book is. It is a must listen to or read for any philosopher!

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  • Michael J Gore
  • 2020-04-10

Deeply engaging

A thoughtful and engaging journey through time pondering spiritual philosophy. The book has its limitations, especially in its limited understanding of the Christian faith. But, its most glaring deficit is the almost total dismissal of what Huxley dismissing called “savage or primitive” spiritual traditions. This is clearly a deep prejudice on his part and a failure to seriously consider the depths of native traditions.

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  • Les Moreland
  • 2019-12-23

One of the most impactful books I ever read

The defining of the perennial philosophy and the trek thru history of all examples of the quest for truth and the realization of the unitive consciousness has given me a sense of groundedness and rest that I have not found in many of the great spiritual books I
have enjoyed through the years. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is open to the truth and has been confused by many writers who have said their path is the only way. The perennial philosophy helps us see the essential truths in the many great Christian mystics and sages from the east.

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  • I. Whallin
  • 2019-09-22

Holy

This is one of the most important books I've ever listened to. It left me feeling inspired.

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  • g27c
  • 2019-07-29

What a great combination

It almost feels like the words and the reader were meant for one another. What an exquisite fit and flavor mr. Davies gives to mr. Huxley’s prose. Deeply relevant.