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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "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."

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 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites."

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

5 "In myth the problems and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind."

6 "This world IS Nirvana….'This our worldly life is an activity of Nirvana itself, not the slightest distinction exists between them.' Nagarjuna, 'Madhyamika Shastra'

7 "[In mythology] stand revealed the hidden processes of the enigma Homo sapiens – Occidental and Oriental, primitive and civilized, contemporary and archaic. The entire spectacle is before us. We have only to read it, study its constant patterns, analyze its variations, and therewith come to an understanding of the deep forces that have shaped man's destiny and must continue to determine both our private and our public lives."

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 "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."

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

11 "It has always been the prime function of mythology and rite to supply the symbols that carry the human spirit forward."

12 "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."

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "We are all reflexes of the image of the Bodhisattva."

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

18 "The forward roll of the cosmogonic round precipitates the One into the many."

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

20 "Thine is Heaven, Thine is Earth. Thou fillest the high regions, and Thou fillest the low regions. Wheresoever I turn, Thou, oh Thou, art there." Leon Stein, 'Hassidic Music'

21 "The One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One."

22 "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."

23 "Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation. Religions, philosophies, arts, the social forms of primitive and historic man, prime discoveries in science and technology, the very dreams that blister sleep, boil up from the basic, magic ring of myth."

24 "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."

25 "Forces are working in the present world for unification, not in the name of some ecclesiastical or political empire, but in the sense of human mutual understanding."

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