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The Divine Within

Selected Writings on Enlightenment
Paperback Book
HarperCollins Publishers
July, 2013
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$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In this anthology of twenty-six essays and other writings, Aldous Huxley discusses the nature of God, enlightenment, being, good and evil, religion, eternity, and the divine. Huxley consistently examined the spiritual basis of both the individual and human society, always seeking to reach an authentic and clearly defined experience of the divine. Previously published as Huxley and God and featuring an introduction by renowned religious scholar Huston Smith, this celebration of “ultimate reality” written between 1941 and 1963 (Huxley died of cancer—and on 100 micrograms of LSD—on the day Kennedy was killed) proves relevant and prophetic in addressing the spiritual hunger so many feel today.

These wide-ranging and delightfully brilliant essays, with titles such as “Who are We?” “Substitutes for Liberation,” “Religion and Time,” “Further Reflections on Progress,” “Action and Contemplation,” “Notes on Zen,” and “Symbol and Immediate Experience” are nourishing legacies of a truly great, encompassing mind.

I take it that the mystical experience is essentially the being aware of and, while the experience lasts, being identified with a form of pure consciousness—of unstructured, transpersonal consciousness, lying, so to speak, upstream of the ordinary discursive consciousness of every day. It is a non-egotistic consciousness, a kind of formless and timeless consciousness, which seems to underlie the consciousness of the separate ego in time… It is like the experience of beauty, but much more, so to speak.

Also by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963): The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell, Brave New World, and The Perennial Philosophy.

Publisher’s Description: 

?That Aldous Huxley knew the reality of God is beautifully expressed in these essays. (HUSTON SMITH, from the Introduction)

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