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The Atman Project
Ken Wilber
A transpersonal view of human development, with a profound and lucid insight into our nature and destiny.

1 "Infinite, all-pervading and all-embracing Consciousness is both One and Many, Only and All, Source and Suchness, Cause and Condition, such that all things are only a gesture of this One, and all forms a play upon it. As Infinity, it demands wonder; as God, it demands worship; as Truth, it demands wisdom; and as one's true Self it demands identity."

2 "'Anima Naturaliter Christiana', said Tertullian, by which he meant that 'the soul is endowed from the outset with the knowledge of God."

3 "Be only love in all conditions."

4 "Each stage of psychological growth is a step closer to God."

5 "There are NO radically separate entities anywhere – the boundary between subject and object is ultimately illusory."

6 "The eternal present underlies and embraces all duration."

7 "In this moment and this moment and this, an individual IS Buddha, is Atman, is the Dharmakaya."

8 "This entire movement of evolution simply continues from unity to unity until there is only Unity."

9 "Meditation is a sustained instrumental path of transcendence…It is the natural and orderly unfolding of successively higher-order unities, until there is only Unity, until all potential is actual, until all the ground-unconscious is unfolded as Consciousness."

10 "As the process of transcendence and integration continues, it discloses ever higher-order unities, leading, consumately, to Unity itself."

11 "Evolution consists of a series of ever-higher wholes until there is only Wholeness. Evolution is holistic because it is nature's remembrance of God."

12 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One."

13 "Everywhere we look in nature, said the philosopher Jan Smuts, we see nothing but wholes. And not just simple wholes, but hierarchical ones: each whole is a part of a larger whole which is itself a part of a larger whole. Fields within fields within fields, stretching through the cosmos, interlacing each and every thing with each and every other."

14 "At its peak, the soul becomes one, literally one, with the deity-form, with the dhyani-Buddha, with God. One dissolves into Deity, as Deity – that Deity which, from the beginning, has been one's own Self or highest Archetype. In this way only could St. Clement say that he who knows himself knows God." 69

15 "From the very beginning, all creatures intuit God. From the start, men and women intuit their prior Atman nature, and this acts like a huge unconscious magnet, so to speak, drawing them onward and upward toward that perfect release in the superconscious All."

16 "ALL individuals are touched by God, and all sentient entities intuit God."

17 "Every conscious being, precisely as he or she is, is a perfect embodiment and expression of the Ultimate. What every individual is, before he is anything else, is the Dharmakaya – the Body of very Truth."

18 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole."

19 "Psychological development in humans has the same goal as natural evolution: the production of ever-higher unities. And since the ultimate Unity is Buddha, God, or Atman (to use those terms in their broadest sense as 'ultimate reality'), it follows that psychological growth aims at Atman."

20 "Just as your eye can take in or see all four corners of this page in a single glance, so the eye of Eternity sees all time in one Moment. All of eternity is in every point of time, so that all time is Present in Eternity."

21 "Wholeness, according to the perennial psychology, is WHAT is real and ALL that is real. A radically separate, isolated and bounded entity does not exist anywhere. There are no seams in the world, in things, in people or in God."

22 "Every individual – every sentient being – constantly intuits that his prior Nature IS the infinite and eternal, All and Whole."

23 "As Aristotle put it, when all potential has been actualized, the result is God."

24 "Evolution is transcendence (Erich Janstch's marvelous phrase: 'Evolution as self-realization through self-transcendence'); and transcendence has as its final goal Atman, or ultimate Unity Consciousness in only God. All drives are a subset of that Drive, all wants a subset of that Want, all pushes a subset of that Pull – and that whole movement is what we call the Atman-project: the drive of God towards God."

25 "All sentient beings possess the Buddha Nature." The Nirvana Sutra

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite