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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "Withersoever ye turn, there is the Presence of Allah." Koran, 2:115

2 "Dr. Jung points out that he has borrowed his term 'archetype' from classic sources: Cicero, Pliny, the Corpus Hermeticum, Augustine, etc. ('Psychology and Religion', par. 89). Bastian notes the correspondence of his own theory of 'Elementary Ideas' with the Stoic concept of the 'Logoi spermatikoi'. The tradition of the 'subjectively known forms' (Sanskrit: antarjneyarupa) is, in fact, coextensive with the tradition of myth, and is the key to the understanding and use of mythological images."

3 "Through all, the transcendent force…lives in all, in all is wonderful, and is worthy, in all, of our profound obeisance."

4 "Oh, Lord of the Universe, I will sing Thee a song. Where canst Thou be found, and where canst Thou not be found? Where I pass – there art Thou. Where I remain – there, too, Thou art. Thou, Thou, and only Thou." Leon Stein, 'Hassidic Music'

5 "Through all the contraries of phenomenality the Uncreate-Imperishable remains, and there is nothing to fear."

6 "The ultimate experience of love is a realization that beneath the illusion of two-ness dwells identity: 'each is both'. This realization can expand into a discovery that beneath the multitudinous individualities of the whole surrounding universe – human, animal, vegetable, even mineral – dwells identity; whereupon the love experience becomes cosmic, and the beloved who first opened the vision is magnified as the mirror of creation."

7 "Time and eternity are two aspects of the same experience-whole, two planes of the same nondual ineffable; i.e., the jewel of eternity is in the lotus of birth and death: om mani padme hum."

8 "Protective power is always and ever present within the sanctuary of the heart and even immanent within, or just behind, the unfamiliar features of the world. One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear."

9 "Since the Godhead is immanent in all, He will make Himself known through any object profoundly regarded."

10 "The beautiful sound of eternity is heard by the pure mind throughout creation, and therefore within itself."

11 "As we are told in the Vedas: 'Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names."

12 "The energy behind the elemental pair of opposites, fire and water, is one and the same."

13 "Any blade of grass may assume, in myth, the figure of the savior and conduct the questing wanderer into the sanctum sanctorum of his own heart."

14 "The Eight Hundred Myriads of Gods are but differing manifestations of one unique Deity…The Eternally Standing Divine Being of the Earth, The Great Unity of All Things in the Universe, The Primordial Being of Heaven and Earth, eternally existing." Izawa-Nagahide, 'Shinto-Ameno-Nuboko-no-Ki'

15 "To a man not led astray from himself by sentiments stemming from the surfaces of what he sees, but courageously responding to the dynamics of his own nature – to a man who is, as Nietzsche phrases it, 'a wheel rolling of itself' – difficulties melt and the unpredictable highway opens as he goes."

16 "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."

17 "It must be known that, though this ignorant, limited, self-defending, suffering body may regard itself as threatened by some other – the enemy – that one too is the God."

18 "Peace is at the heart of all because…Boundless Love includes, regards, and dwells within (without exception) every sentient being."

19 "Universal heroes – Mohammed, Jesus, Gautama Buddha – bring a message for the entire world."

20 "Since the Deity is immanent in all things, all things are to be regarded as divine."

21 "The way to become human is to learn to recognize the lineaments of God in all of the wonderful modulations of the face of man."

22 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars."

23 "The old teachers knew what they were saying. Once we have learned to read again their symbolic language, it requires no more than the talent of an anthologist to let their teaching be heard."

24 "The goal of the myth is to dispel ignorance by effecting a reconciliation of the individual consciousness with the universal will."

25 "There can be no doubt that in the main the mental characteristics of man are the same all over the world." Franz Boas, 'The Mind of Primitive Man'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite