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.
"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'
"Lo! The pulsations in all matter, all spirit, throbbing forever – the eternal beats, eternal systole and dyastole of life in things – wherefrom I feel and know that death is not the ending, as we thought, but rather the real beginning – and that nothing ever is or can be lost, nor even die." Walt Whitman, 'Democratic Vistas'
"I have never really doubted for a moment that an Infinite Wisdom and Love DOES encircle all our lives." J. W. W., anonymous author
"Love is blessing, is salvation, is our guardian genius." Plotinus
"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
"There is in man a divine consciousness." Edward Carpenter, 'Civilization, Its Cause and Cure'
"The consciousness of the Deity and of the Cosmos [are] the same thing."
"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
"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'
"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'
"All is well for ever and ever, for there is no place or time where God is not." C. Y. E., anonymous author
"The wise man recognizes the idea of the good within him." Plotinus
"The universal scheme is woven in one piece."
"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
"That infinite ocean [is] the eternal love, the soul of nature and all one endless smile!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"God and human life…are greater and better than any one has said or can say."
"In Cosmic Consciousness there is no condemnation, no sin, no evil, no death. This may be a hard saying, but it is true."
"The pure in heart see the Lord as the clear mirror reflects the sun." Ramakrishna Paramahansa
"What joy when I saw there was no break in the chain – not a link left out – everything in its place and time. Worlds, systems, all blended in one harmonious whole, Universal life, synonymous with universal love!" C. M. C., anonymous author
"The justice of God sees – in that is everything." Honore deBalzac, 'Louis Lambert'
"Heaven and earth with all their inhabitants, and moreover God himself, is in man." Franz Hartman, 'The Life and Doctrines of Jacob Boehme'
"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
"God IS the Cosmos."
"All the great seers teach that God in himself is infinite love – that his manifestation, form or body is infinite wisdom – that divine love is the self-subsisting life of the universe."