Cosmic Consciousness Richard M Bucke This is a classic study in the evolution of the human mind, and is a pioneering work as valuable today as when it was first published in 1901.
"The consciousness of the Deity and of the Cosmos [are] the same thing."
"That infinite ocean [is] the eternal love, the soul of nature and all one endless smile!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"One IS those objects and things and persons that one perceives (and the whole universe)." Edward Carpenter
"God is all. He is not far away in the heaven; He is here. This grass under your feet is He; this bountiful harvest, that blue sky, those roses...you yourself are all one with Him." C. Y. E., anonymous author
"Love is blessing, is salvation, is our guardian genius." Plotinus
"In Cosmic Consciousness there is no condemnation, no sin, no evil, no death. This may be a hard saying, but it is true."
"Existence is one eternal immensity of infinite existence, acting with infinite force, in an inevitable, infinite, therefore absolutely perfect order, in whose perfection all things and their action must of necessity be included." C. P., anonymous author
"The universal scheme is woven in one piece."
"God IS the Cosmos."
"In the prison One shall come; and the chains which are stronger than iron, the fetters harder than steel, shall dissolve – you shall go free forever." Edward Carpenter, 'Towards Democracy'
"The universe exists in each of its individual atoms." H. B., anonymous author
"That there rise in us waves of consciousness from those around us – from the people to which we belong – is certain." Edward Carpenter, 'Civilization, Its Cause and Cure'
"This is the truth given age upon age to all men in all lands - the truth at last to be seen of all, in its fullness and purity: Man is to know himself, and...is not only to soar toward, but absolutely attain to heights of being and of beauty hitherto undreamed of, and bringing fairly within his realization a heaven on earth, in true grandeur and happiness." Paul Tyner
"I dwell this moment in the eternal Now that has ever been and will be…I am in the midst of immortal things this moment." Richard Jefferies, 'The Story of My Heart'
"The wise man recognizes the idea of the good within him." Plotinus
"I have never really doubted for a moment that an Infinite Wisdom and Love DOES encircle all our lives." J. W. W., anonymous author
"There is a raying out of all orders of existence, an external emanation from the ineffable One." Plotinus
"The true quality of the soul is that of space, by which it is at rest, everywhere." Edward Carpenter, 'Civilization, Its Cause and Cure'
"All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author
"That which we seek with passionate longing, here and there, upward and outward, we find at last within ourselves. The kingdom within! The indwelling God!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"God and human life…are greater and better than any one has said or can say."
"The pure in heart see the Lord as the clear mirror reflects the sun." Ramakrishna Paramahansa
"Before and behind births and deaths, the emergence ever-more expanding." Horace Traubel
"There is in man a divine consciousness." Edward Carpenter, 'Civilization, Its Cause and Cure'
"The justice of God sees – in that is everything." Honore deBalzac, 'Louis Lambert'