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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
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1 "Immortality is a word which stands for the stability or permanence of that unique and precious quality we discern in the soul." W. Macneile Dixon, 'The Human Situation'

2 "Learned Audience, the Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us." Hui Neng (6th patriarch of Zen, 6th century ad),

3 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors

4 "By deep meditation…recognize the subtile nature of the supreme Self, and its presence in all organisms." The Code of Manu (ancient Hindu text),

5 "Leibniz held with Bruno that each monadic center – whether an atom, a man, or a sun – is a mirror and replica of the entire cosmos, as well as the moving power in evolution." Editors

6 "Teaching is not a matter of something being placed in one person by another, but is a question of eliciting something that is already present, although only implicitly and latently, at hidden depths of the individual's mind." Ira Progoff (b. 1921), 'The Symbolic and the Real'

7 "Never during its pilgrimage is the spirit of man completely adrift and alone. From start to finish its nucleus is the Atman – the self-luminous abiding point, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute, the only reality." Huston Smith, 'Karma, Rebirth and Freewill'

8 "While I study to find how I am a Microcosm, or little World, I find myself something more than the great. There is surely a piece of Divinity in us, something that was before the Elements." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician and author, 'Religio Medici'

9 "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'

10 "Look inward: thou art Buddha." H. P. Blavatsky, 'The Voice of the Silence'

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

12 "He who has attained discernment and is wise knows the true Self, saying, 'I am the Eternal'…discern the universal Self, the Eternal, changeless, and enjoy supreme peace." Sankara, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom'

13 "Our soul, that is, the personality behind our mind, is born with a true knowledge of fundamental realities. This knowledge is in a subconscious form, but by intellectual efforts, stimulated and aided by observations, we can bring it up to the level of consciousness." Gustav Stromberg (1882-1962), Swedish-American astronomer and physicist, 'The Searchers'

14 "The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others." Honore de Balzac, 'Seraphita'

15 "The being lives on, spectator of all the innumerable changes of environment. Starting from the great All, radiating like a spark from the central fire, he gathers experience in all ages, under all rulers, civilizations and customs, ever engaged in a pilgrimage to the shrine from which he came." W. Q. Judge, 'Echoes From the Orient'

16 "We have in our experience a perception that we are eternal…we perceive that our mind is eternal, and that this its existence cannot be defined by time or interpreted by duration." Baruch Spinoza, (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher, 'Ethics', Book V, Proposition 23

17 "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'

18 "The soul is an emanation of the Divinity, a part of the soul of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American philosopher and essayist, Journals for 1830

19 "Only through awakening to the oneness of one's true Self with the Eternal, does liberation come." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom'

20 "The ringing challenge of the Delphic Oracle has resounded through the centuries: MAN, KNOW THYSELF!"

21 "I hold – in view of the rapid movement of the soul, its vivid memory of the past and its prophetic knowledge of the future, its many accomplishments, its vast range of knowledge, its numerous discoveries – that a nature embracing such varied gifts cannot itself be mortal." Cicero (106-43 bc), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'

22 "As long as any one injures another, though he should possess the greatest wealth, and all the acres of land which the earth contains, he is still poor." Porphyry (233-304), Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher, 'De Abstinentia'

23 "All are one in our common humanity." H. B. Blavatsky, interview in London, 1887

24 "There dwells in the heart of every creature the Master who by his magic power causes all things and creatures to revolve mounted upon the universal wheel of time. Take sanctuary with him with all thy soul." Krishna, 'The Bhagavad Gita'

25 "There is somewhat of the absolute and eternal in every human soul…something that transcends time and space and organic form, and makes eternity for the soul to be the continuous unfolding of a perpetual and indestructible principle of life." William J. Potter (1830-1893), Unitarian minister, article in 'The Radical', April 1868

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite