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

2 "Man is born the son of God, participating totally in the nature of the Supreme Principle of the Universe." Hubert Benoit, 'The Supreme Doctrine'

3 "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."

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

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

6 "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."

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

8 "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."

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

10 "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."

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

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

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

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

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

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

19 "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."

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

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

23 "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."

24 "Venerable Ones, get to know the One who plays with these shadows. He is the original source of all the Buddhas. Knowing him, wherever you are is home." Zen Master Rinzai

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite