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

2 "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."

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

4 "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."

5 "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."

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

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

8 "Each successive stage achieves a higher-order unity, and this continues until there is ONLY Unity."

9 "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."

10 "One's real Nature is indeed infinite and eternal."

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

12 "Wherever there is other, there is fear." The Upanishads

13 "The ultimate psychology is a psychology of fundamental Wholeness, or the superconscious All."

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

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

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

17 "Evolution – wherever it appears – manifests itself as a series of transcendences, of ascents, of emergences – and emergences of higher-order WHOLES."

18 "According to the perennial philosophy, the re-discovery of this infinite and eternal Wholeness is men and women's single greatest need and want."

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 "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."

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

23 "Evolution continues until there is only Unity, ultimate in all directions."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite