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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Cranston/Head, editors

1 "The Soul is immortal and fearless. The Soul is the fearless Eternal." The Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

2 "There are good reasons for making the following important assertion: A soul is indestructible and immortal. It carries an indelible record of all its activities." Gustaf Stromberg (1882-1962), Swedish-American astronomer and physicist, 'The Soul', ch. 11

3 "Let us face it: 'deep down' nobody in his right mind can visualize his own existence without assuming that he has always lived and will live hereafter; and the religious world-views of old endowed this psychological feeling with images and ideas which could be shared, transmitted, and ritualized." Erik H. Erikson (b. 1902), 'Gandhi's Truth'

4 "So closely are all human ideals associated with futurity that, in the absence of the faith that man is an immortal being, it seems doubtful whether they could ever have come to birth. In the further depths of our being, we are secretly conscious of our share in the inexhaustible spring of eternity, so that we can always hope to find life in it again….This belief seems, indeed, to be in accordance with nature's own favorite way of thought, of which she so insistently reminds us, in her rhythms and recurrences, her cycles and revolving seasons." W. Macneile Dixon

5 "Attached to the Real, the man goes to the Real, through steadfastness in the one; so the larva, meditating on the bee, is transformed into the nature of the bee, enters into the being of the bee; so the seeker for union, meditating on the reality of the supreme Self, enters therein through steadfastness in the one." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom'

6 "The whole infinity of discrete and independent souls is yet fused into a vast Whole…within the immensity of the World Soul." Dorothea Waley Singer, 'Giordano Bruno, His Life and Thought'

7 "Virgin birth, infant god, the holy one violently killed, yet resurrected – these are repeated themes in the history of world religions…These repetitions are reinforcing examples of the universal religious impulse and of the way man seeks to represent the cycle of death and rebirth that runs through all of nature." Bradford Smith, Columbia University professor

8 "The soul has a principle of its own leading to the realm of Intelligence…joining it to that which IS, even to the divine nature." Iamblichus (ca. 250-330), Greek philosopher, 'The Egyptian Mysteries'

9 "Every soul brings a kind of sense with it into the world, whereby it tastes and relishes what is suitable to its peculiar temper [temperament]." Joseph Glanville (1636-1680, chaplain to King Charles II), 'Lux Orientalis'

10 "Philosophically viewed, the whirling wheel and its ever motionless center can be a potent symbol of the human struggle toward insight and harmony…..Only in the still center of the imperishable Self is true perspective apparently achieved."

11 "There may indeed be a 'mythopoeic mentality,' but it is not restricted to precivilized man, but is to be found in geniuses as different as Boehme, Kepler, Blake, Yeats, Wagner, Heisenberg…Myth is not an early level of human development, but an imaginative description of reality in which the known is related to the unknown through a system of correspondences in which mind and matter, self, society, and cosmos are integrally expressed in an esoteric language of poetry and number." William Irwin Thompson, 'At The Edge of History'

12 "Within the soul is a spark of the Itongo, the Universal Spirit." Mankanyezi, Zulu Wise Man

13 "From my own research in life after death…it becomes very clear that we are all born from the Source, from God, as human beings who are blessed with all the gifts necessary to fulfill our destiny." Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, foreword

14 "The soul is not extinguished by its own proper death, but..it will be restored to the light of perennial life, and will return to its pristine integrity and perfection." Macrobius (4th – 5th century), Roman Neoplatonist, 'Commentary on the Dream of Scipio'

15 "Every movement that returns to its point of origin must adopt the form of a circle. Only circular movement is continuous and consistent. Every object of nature is, then, a circle, whose function and activity derive from its center point, which is the soul." Dr. Felix Marti-Ibanez, 'Centaur, Essays on the History of Medical Ideas'

16 "It is in love, and in nothing else, that we find not only the supreme value of life, but also the supreme reality of life, and indeed, of the universe." John Ellis McTaggart (1866-1925), British philosopher, 'Human Immortality and Pre-Existence'

17 "Whether they are Syrian, Greek, Egyptian or Hindu, the writers of the sacred books seem to me as men who had all gazed upon the same august vision and reported of the same divinity." George W. Russell (1867-1935), Irish author, 'The Candle of Vision'

18 "The principles of the successive phases of Spirit are themselves only steps in the development of one universal Spirit." G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

19 "The life in everything – animals, plants, even drops of water and specks of dust – will one day reach Buddhahood, the Buddha nature being Potential in all." Editors

20 "The soul-order, originating from one primal Soul, descends to a manifold of souls and again carries back the manifold to the one." Proclus (410-485 ad), Greek Neoplatonic philosopher, 'Elements of Theology'

21 "There is a light which enlightens every one that comes into the world; there is a faculty in all to perceive spiritual truth when distinctly presented." George Ripley, founder of Brook Farm, a 19th century Transcendentalist commune, letter to friends

22 "Having flung aside the sword, there is nothing except the cup of love which I can offer to those who oppose me." Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Apostle of non-violence, letter to Madeleine Salde, a British admiral's daughter

23 "Man is the dialogue between nature and God." J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet

24 "We may adduce the transcendental hypothesis, that all life is properly intelligible, and not subject to the changes of time, and that it neither began in birth, nor will end in death….If we could see ourselves and other objects as they really are, we should see ourselves in a world of spiritual natures, our community with which neither began at our birth nor will end with the death of the body." Immanuel Kant (1724-1804), German philosopher, 'Critique of Pure Reason', Part II: I, iii

25 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite