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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "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."

2 "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."

3 "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."

4 "The hearth in the home, the altar in the temple, is the hub of the wheel of the earth, the womb of the Universal Mother whose fire is the fire of life."

5 "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'

6 "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."

7 "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'

8 "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."

9 "God is love…He can be, and is to be, loved, and all without exception are his children."

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

11 "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'

12 "What is immortal and what is mortal are harmoniously blended." Ashvaghosha

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "[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."

17 "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'

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

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

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

21 "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."

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

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

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