"I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning." Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist and philosopher, letter to a friend
"The immortal Self is a ray or emanation of the Universal Self." Editors
"Each religion has its own method of realisation whereby the ultimate reality, the final self, the integrating principle is reached." D. T. Suzuki, 'What Is Shin Buddhism?",
"Only through awakening to the oneness of one's true Self with the Eternal, does liberation come." Sankaracharya, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom'
"By whatever name religion may be known, its understanding and practice are the essence of a peaceful mind and therefore of a peaceful world. If there is no peace in one's mind, there can be no peace in one's approach to others, and thus no peaceful relations between individuals or between nations." The Dalai Lama, 'My Land and My People'
"Cosmic law will help us to become all that we can possibly wish to be." Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), Author, teacher, 'Exotics and Retrospectives'
"All our actions should originate from the spring of unselfish love." Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, 'Die Bader von Lucca', ch. 17
"In the circle, which comprehends in itself the beginning and the end, we have the figure of true being; and circular motion is the only enduring form of motion. From this Spirit, which is called the Life of the Universe, proceed the life and soul of everything which has soul and life." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher and poet, answer at his trial before the Inquisitor in Venice, May 1592, quoted by I. Firth in "Life of Giordano Bruno, Boston 1887, p. 123
"Our innermost being is more valuable than all titles and honors." Queen Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898),
"The Soul is immortal and fearless. The Soul is the fearless Eternal." The Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad
"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'
"Within the soul is a spark of the Itongo, the Universal Spirit." Mankanyezi, Zulu Wise Man
"These tales are the purveyors of deep insights that have sustained mankind through the long vicissitudes of its existence…The myth presents its theme in a majestic way; it carries spiritual force; and the divine is present." Bruno Bettelheim, 'The Uses of Enchantment
"Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors
"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'
"By one's thought, will and action one determines what one is yet to be." S. Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Oriental philosopher, President of India from 1962-1967, 'An Idealist View of Life'
"Know of a truth that only the Time-shadows have perished, or are perishable; that the real Being of whatever was, and whatever is, and whatever will be, IS even now and forever." Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian
"That which is 'essential' in the universe is eternal and indestructible; permanent through all the transitory appearances of things. That which is essential in the universe passes, by evolution, from the unconscious to the conscious. Individual consciousness is an integral part of that which is essential in the universe and itself indestructible and eternal, it evolves from unconsciousness to consciousness." Gustave Geley (1868-1924), French psychologist and physician, 'From the Unconscious to the Conscious'
"The Stoics [ancient Greek philosophers] held man to be a microcosm who reproduces in his being the constitution of the universe." Editors
"Somehow or other, things do eventually 'balance out' in the moral realm; each moral action produces, eventually, its quite specific moral reaction." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist', 'The Self in Transformation'
"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
"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
"This is to be understood by the heart: there is no separateness at all." The Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad
"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
"Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans never doubted that we had souls drafted from the universal Divine intelligence." Cicero (106-43 bce), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'