In exploring the Wisdom expressed by Perennial Philosophy, we will frequently come up against comments and suggestions that seem to us to be of doubtful validity - we must ask ourselves - what is the truth of this situation ? That is a question, but in considering it we need to bear in mind the following points.
The ideas of the Wisdom are eternal but to be understood they have needed to be interpreted in a manner appropriate to the time and place when they were expounded. This needed to be given in expressions that resonated with the culture of the time and place in order to be understood.
We are talking about a living, breathing, spiritual awareness that is not something that can be locked into one book or dogma. it is alive and well and flourishing in the moment, hence new interpretations are always needed. So, we are being asked to recognise the underlying truth that lies behind the teachings of the multitude of valid spiritual paths and practices’
and in considering the truth we need to also bear in mind the words of the Buddha
“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumoured by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to
(Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.)