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The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs
Edward Carpenter

1 "We recognise an inner Equality between ourselves and all others….an inner and profound and universal Equality."

2 "The self of each man is continuous with and in a sense identical with the Self of the universe."

3 "Religion is the instinctive sense – whether conscious or subconscious – of an inner unity and continuity with the world around. This is the stuff out of which religion is made."

4 "All men and women belong to you, are part of you."

5 "A firm instinct in early man was the instinct of his unity and continuity with the rest of creation, and of a common life so close that his lightest actions may cause a far-reaching reaction in the world outside."

6 "The salvation for which humanity looks is the return of the little individual self to harmony and union with the great Self of the universe…..the finding of its own true nature as never before."

7 "Religious evolution through the ages has been practically One thing – there has been in fact a World-religion, though with various phases and branches."

8 "In truth we are all indestructible parts of one great Unity in which 'we live and move and have our being.'"

9 "The universe [is] held firm in the One unfolding Presence."

10 "There is only one Witness, one Self, throughout the universe. It is hidden in all living things, men and animals and plants; it pervades all creation. In every thing that has consciousness it is the Self; it watches over all operations, it overshadows all creatures, it moves in the depths of our hearts."

11 "The world outside us IS really most deeply akin to ourselves….It is this perception, this conviction of our essential unity with the whole of creation, which lay from the first at the base of all Religion."

12 "There can be only One witness, One perceiver, and that is the one God hidden in all creatures."

13 "The root of all religion is the consciousness of the world-life burning, blazing, deep down within us: it is the Soul's intuition of its roots in Omnipresence and Eternity."

14 "Deep, deep in the human mind there is that burning blazing light of the world consciousness."

15 "Self-consciousness only comes to its true fruition and understanding when it recognises its affiliation with the Whole."

16 "He is the one God, hidden in all creatures, all pervading, the self within all, watching over all works, shadowing all creatures, the witness, the perceiver, the only one." Svetasvatara Upanishad

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