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1 "At the core of the basic teachings found in all or most of the world's religions which have left visible and intelligible records, there exists a Universal Tradition." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

2 "It is necessary to appreciate that, for many thousands of years, human beings have been collecting wisdom….We should not ignore the contributions of the past." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

3 "The thoughts of men have ever been religious. There has never been a time when religion or the thoughts of men about God, about the infinite, and about the Life which has brought all into being has not been present." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

4 "In its farthest reaches, the psyche of each of us is essentially commensurate with all of existence and ultimately identical with the cosmic creative principle itself. This conclusion, while seriously challenging the worldview of modern technological societies, is in far-reaching agreement with the image of reality found in the great spiritual and mystical traditions of the world." The Cosmic Game, Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness (Stanislav Grof)

5 "All [mystics] have the same message about that very thing which no soul can utter; the immediate experience of God." The Soul Afire, Revelations of the Mystics (H. A. Reinhold, editor)

6 "Truth knows endless rebirth. When reality becomes distorted or veiled by man-made concepts, it will seek re-embodiment again at a later period. What is really true is true always." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

7 "God and man are one and indivisible throughout all eternity. This is the one supreme truth taught in all Mystery Schools and in all religions." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

8 "Behind the veil of all mystical allegories of ancient doctrines [teachings], behind the darkness and strange ordeals of all initiations, under the seal of all sacred writings…in the cryptic emblems of our old books on alchemy, in the ceremonies practised at reception by all secret societies, there are found indications of a doctrine which is everywhere the same." Eliphas Levi (1810-1875) Revelations: The Wisdom of the Ages (Paul Roland)

9 "That people should succumb to these eternal images (spiritual symbols) is entirely normal, in fact it is what these images are for. They are meant to attract, to convince, to fascinate, and to overpower. They are created out of the primal stuff of revelation and reflect the ever-unique experience of divinity….Thanks to the labors of the human spirit over the centuries, these images have become embedded in a comprehensive system of thought that ascribes an order to the world." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

10 "The teachings of the sages throughout human history have ever included the call to live so that others are helped rather than harmed by one's actions. Here also is the message for today to all mankind. 'Take responsibility. Be concerned about the welfare of others, physical, emotional, and mental.' This, indeed, is the heart of the religion of the New Age and happily is so becoming for a growing number of people during this present period of human history." Call to the Heights, Guidance on the Pathway to Self-illumination (Geoffrey Hodson)

11 "If the sense of God has persisted in the world for untold ages, and if the testimony of the mystics and saints, the seers and the Saviours of all time is historical and verifiable – as it is – then that testimony, in its wealth and universality, constitutes a fact as scientific as any other." From Bethlehem to Calvary (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "In the extraordinary archeology of Spirit, those spiritual pioneers (saints and sages) were ahead of their time, and they are still ahead of ours. They are thus voices, not of our past, but of our future; they point to emergents, not exhumations; they urge us forward, not backward. As the growing tip of humanity, they forged a future telos through which the trunk of humanity is now slowly heading, not as a rigid pregiven, but as a gentle persuasion. They are figures of the deepest layers of our own true Self, layers that whisper to us from the radiant depths of a greater tomorrow." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

13 "Think of the words that have been spoken, written, and sung throughout the ages. The human story is continually told through the great works of literature, history, psychology, science, and so on. Our response to all words, if we want them to feed us, is to listen and connect them to our lives." A Tree Full of Angels (Macrina Wiederkehr)

14 "This, then, is the message of the saints, sages, and mystics, whether Amerindian, Taoist, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, or Christian: At the bottom of your soul is the soul of humanity itself, but a divine, transcendent soul, leading from bondage to liberation, from dream to awakening, from time to eternity, from death to immortality." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

15 "He who is called Krishna is also called Shiva and bears the names Shakti, Jesus, and Allah as well – the one Rama with a thousand names….The substance is one under different names and everyone is seeking the same substance; nothing but climate, temperament, and names vary." Ramakrishna The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

16 "Man's intellect and will are tendencies toward universal truth and universal good." My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone (Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy)

17 "Behind all religion lies the selfsame reality, the primal awareness of the divine Ground of being." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

18 "The religions contain a revealed knowledge that was originally hidden, and they set forth the secrets of the soul in glorious images. Their temples and their sacred writings proclaim in image and word the doctrine hallowed from of old, making it accessible to every believing heart, every sensitive vision, every farthest range of thought." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

19 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

20 "May that Universal Good Will of the Great Teachers of Wisdom speedily prevail, so that mankind may recognize their divine at-one-ment." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

21 "Pythagoras and all the other philosophers who were endowed with some touch of the divine recognized that God is one and indivisible." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

22 "There never was nor ever will be a truly philosophical mind, whether of Pagan, Jew or Christian, but has followed the same path of thought. Gautama-Buddha is mirrored in the precepts of Christ; Paul and Philo Judaeus are faithful echoes of Plato, and Ammonius Saccas and Plotinus won their immortal fame by combining the teachings of all these grand masters of true philosophy. 'Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,' ought to be the motto of all brothers on earth." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

23 "Briefly formulated, the universal doctrine teaches that all the visible structures of the world – all things and beings – are the effects of a ubiquitous power out of which they rise, which supports and fills them during the period of their manifestation, and back into which they must ultimately dissolve. This is the power known to science as energy, to the Melanesians as 'mana', to the Sioux Indians as 'wakonda', the Hindus as 'shakti', and the Christians as the power of God. Its manifestation in the psyche is termed, by the psychoanalysts, 'libido.' And its manifestation in the cosmos is the structure and flux of the universe itself." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

24 "Whether or not a particular religion is our personal path, its core mystical teachings apply to everyone." The Gift of Change, Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (Marianne Williamson)

25 "God sent prophets to all three areas of the soul: philosophers to enlighten the intellect, prophets to straighten out the will, and myth-makers to tease and touch the emotions with a desire for himself." Heaven, The Heart's Deepest Longing (Peter Kreeft)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite