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The Underlying Religion: An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy

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This is an anthology of 25 essays by the leading exponents of the perennialist school of comparative religious thought. It aims to be the most accessible introduction yet to the perspective of the Perennial Philosophy.
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Published July 18th 2007 by World Wisdom Books
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When I came to Islam, I had come out of a period of searching that caused me to recognize a certain universal pattern to reality. This was particularly true after a near-fatal car accident in 2009, when I found that my consciousness had changed. I began to realize that for all of my life my vision had been narrowed. I had become insular in faith and life. Yet, how was I to proceed down a deeper spiritual path, and what road was I to take? I wanted something bigger, and at first that seemed to ...more
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The Underlying Religion attempts to summarize the main tenets of the Perennial Philosophy. This philosophy appeared in an age where religion is treated as the residue of primitivism; and people should or must replace it with modernism and science.In fact, in many parts of the world, many people follow this prescription directly or indirectly. The book is divided into seven parts and they are as follows:

Tradition and Modernity
Traditional Cosmology and Modern Science
Metaphysics
Symbolism
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My first insight into Perennial Philosophy, something which always held my thoughts without the supply of the noun. This book emphasizes the strength and power that constitutes the underlying the common bond of all religions. Not a book for an average reader, given the theological complexity and I had to force myself and repeatedly read to comprehend the in-depth analysis of the author. From Section five onwards, I could not put the book down when the explanation on revision and expansion on ...more
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"We live in an age of confusion and thirst in which the advantages of communication are greater than those of secrecy." -Frithjof Schuon

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Martin Lings was an English writer and scholar, a student and follower of Frithjof Schuon, and Shakespearean scholar. He is best known as the author of a very popular and positively reviewed biography, Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, first published in 1983 and still in print.

Lings was born in Burnage, Manchester in 1909 to a Protestant family. The young Lings gained an introduct
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“Exoterism is a precarious thing by reason of its limits or its exclusions; there comes a moment in history when all kinds of experiences oblige it to modify its claims to exclusiveness, and it is then driven to a choice: escape from these limitations by the upward path, in esoterism, or by the downward path, in a worldly and suicidal liberalism. As one might have expected, the civilizationist exoterism of the West has chosen the downward path, while combining this incidentally with a few esoteric notions which in such conditions remain inoperative.4” 0 likes
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