07 02 11 - 09:48This can be applied within any religion, and used to understand it to its fullest:
At the core of the Perennial Philosophy we find four fundamental doctrines.
- The phenomenal world of matter and of individualized consciousnessâthe world of things and animals and men and even godsâis the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all partial realities have their being, and apart from which they would be non-existent.
- Human beings are capable not merely of knowing about the Divine Ground by inference; they can also realize its existence by a direct intuition, superior to discursive reasoning. This immediate knowledge unites the knower with that which is known.
- Man possesses a double nature, a phenomenal ego and an eternal Self, which is the inner man, the spirit, the spark of divinity within the soul. It is possible for a man, if he so desires, to identify himself with the spirit and therefore with the Divine Ground, which is of the same or like nature with the spirit.
- Manâs life on earth has only one end and purpose: to identify himself with his eternal Self and so to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground.
From The Perennial Philosophy, by Brokeback Islander Aldous Huxley
Only a few such universally relevant ideas exist. I do not call them "universal," because that implies a universality not just of context but of reception. Darwinism is another such idea: it applies to species, to individuals, to designs/patterns and even thoughts. Another I'd suppose is reverence. Am I missing any?