the Perennial Philosophy

  • May 17, 2018

There is a deep cultural framework for this idea of ubiquitous God consciousness.

Aldous Huxley described the Perennial Philosophy that appears in every age and civilization:

(1) there is an infinite, changeless reality beneath the world of change;

(2) this same reality lies at the core of every human personality;

(3) the purpose of life is to discover this reality experientially: that is, to realize God while here on earth.*

If it is given that God consciousness is everywhere including entirely within and around each of us, then each of us is in complete and perfect contact with God at all times, like it or not.

Our failure to recognize that in every second is due to the struggle of our egos to convince us otherwise and to keep us focused on pleasure and desire.

From that point of understanding, everything gets pretty simple.

It’s just a matter of paying attention.

The voices are always there, urging us to bring our true selves to the fore.

When you are staring at a chocolate-covered ice cream cone, it is nearly impossible to drive it from your attention.

But the voice is always saying “no, don’t eat that.”

This does not imply that God consciousness wants us not to eat chocolate-covered ice cream cones, because that would seem like excessive meddling in our Freedom of Will.

Actually, the ice cream thing is not even a good example.

A better voice is the one saying “Be kind. Be gentle” while you’re berating somebody, whether or not they deserve it.

That’s probably God consciousness, your true Self, your soul, speaking to you.

The point is to listen.


*The Bhagavad Gita (Easwaran’s Classics of Indian Spirituality) (p. 5). Easwaran Ed., Eknath. Nilgiri Press. Kindle Edition.