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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "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."

2 "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."

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

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

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

8 "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."

9 "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'

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

11 "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."

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

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

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

15 "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."

16 "We live not in this physique only, but in all bodies, all physiques of the world."

17 "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."

18 "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."

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

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

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 "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

23 "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."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite