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What is The Perennial Philosophy?
The central idea of the perennial philosophy is that Divine Truth is one, timeless, and universal, and that the different religions are but different languages expressing that one Truth. The symbol most often used to convey this idea is that of the uncolored light and the many colors of the spectrum which are made visible only when the uncolored light is refracted.
In the Renaissance, the term referred to the recognition of the fact that the philosophies of Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus incontrovertibly expounded the same truth as lay at the heart of all major world religions. Subsequently, the meaning of the term was enlarged to cover the metaphysics and mysticisms of the great ancient wisdom traditions such as Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Taoism, Sufism Vedanta Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, and Shinto.
Philosophy of Truth vs. Psychology of Propaganda
Fundamental to pursuing truth is to: 1) start with a question, 2) rely on intellectually sound techniques to answer it, and 3) report the answer, whatever it may be. In “truthful” research, the answers are whatever they are, regardless of the researcher's point of view. By contrast, “propaganda” starts with an answer and relies on research not to find out how things are, but to prove a predetermined conclusion.
The Fastest Growing Trend in Personal Beliefs: "Spiritual, But Not Religious."
An in-depth presentation on esoteric wisdom traditions and how these ancient philosphies have evoloved into a paradigm shift toward "Spiritual, but Not Religious." Additionally, "the defining moment of spiritual transformation is examined.
Free Will or Fate? Are You Truly Creating Your Own Reality?
Throughout history, the problem of free will vs. determinism has sparked major debates between philosophers. Determinism is the belief that all things, including human behavior, are casually determined in a manner that they could not be otherwise. Indeterminism is the view that some things, possibly human will and behavior, are free from casual determination. Though this problem raises many issues in itself, it also sparks many questions and arguments concerning other topics, such as religion and morality.
To believe in free will is not to say that human behavior is random or uncaused. It simply means that, to some extent, people have control over their actions. In addition to other factors, external and internal, people have the freedom to choose what actions they will take. The mere fact that man is aware of cause and effect indicates that he in some way takes part in the process. Are individuals merely a pawns in the world of cause and effect? If so, then what is the purpose of man's ability to reason and calculate outcomes in his mind when he cannot act on his own reasoning, but is forced to follow some predetermined path?
Enjoyable, Positive & Practical Philosophy
Philosophy means the love of wisdom. It is the search for the highest knowledge that an individual can have concerning the fundamental questions of existence. Philosophy concerns itself with the nature of the universe as a whole, the nature of consciousness or mind, its relation to the human body, the nature of the material universe, whether human beings have a soul, whether there is life after death, whether God exists and if so, what is the relationship between God and humanity? These metaphysical topics are the foundation of philosophy.
Philosophy also deals with ethics, which concerns questions on the nature of good and evil, and how human beings should behave given the contrasting demands of desire, conscience and society. In these discussions, we will cover major theories of the great philosophers, primarily in the western tradition (beginning with Pythagoras and Plato) - however, we will also review the philosophies of the East.
Philosophy should be made understandable to all, so its insights bring meaning to everyday life.
Pythagoras – the universe in harmony
Heraclitus – the world of becoming
Parmenides – absolute being
Plato: On love, beauty and the good
On the creation of the universe
The early Jewish & Christian philosophers
The Gnostics: metaphysical knowledge
The Bhagavad Gita
The philosophical foundations of Buddhism
Descartes: I think therefore I am
Spinoza: God and nature as one
The human mind in relation to the universe
The metaphysical foundations of morality
Hegel and Heidegger