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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "Him on whom the sky, the earth, and the atmosphere are woven, and the mind, together with all the life-breaths, Him alone know as the one Soul. Other words dismiss. He is the bridge to immortality." Mundaka Upanishad, 2. 2. 5

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

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

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "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."

9 "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."

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

11 "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."

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

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "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'

17 "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."

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

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

20 "Myth is a directing of the mind and heart, by means of profoundly informed figurations, to that ultimate mystery which fills and surrounds all existences."

21 "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'

22 "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'

23 "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."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite