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Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages
Robert Ellwood
Dr. Robert Ellwood is Bashford Professor of Oriental Studies in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. In this book, he gives a theosophical overview of creation, as well as a Theosophical interpretation of the Oneness of all life.

1 "One infinite… Reality underlies and unites all that is or can ever be."

2 “The unity of the universe is its most basic reality.”

3 "All persons have a common origin, and each has a unique role to play in human history and human life; all equally have lessons to learn. On the other hand, each has lessons to teach."

4 “Despite the trials and frustrations of the passing day, our lives are parts of something tremendously grand and joyous.”

5 "Behind all religion lies the selfsame reality, the primal awareness of the divine Ground of being."

6 "Compassion and service are the ethical expression of Unity, awarness of the illusive nature of all that seems to separate and differentiate."

7 “We humans are miniatures or microcosms of God.”

8 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts."

9 “The universe is a mirror in which the Absolute – God, if you wish – knows itself.”

10 "The atom, the molecule, the cell, the body, the community, the planet, the solar system – all are in intimate and necessary relation to each other….The greater could not exist without the smaller, nor the smaller without the larger system that shapes it."

11 “A core of truth lies in all religions.”

12 “Everything we can do for good, however tiny, will not be lost.”

13 “The fact that all persons are eternal Pilgrims and expressions of the divine within justifies the importance for the equal treatment of all regardless of race, sex, or creed.”

14 "Whatever we do of creativity or love is inspired however unconsciously by the divine within."

15 "The universe is a great concourse of interconnected being, larger and smaller, inner and outer."

16 “Love is action based on recognition of the oneness of my life with another’s, that what the other suffers I must suffer, and that what I do for the other I do for myself, since our lives are bound together and share in the same divine nature.”

17 “In their divine essence all humans are equal.”

18 "Love is no more and no less than the ethical expression of oneness."

19 "Changes are not random or purposeless, for they are all under the One Law which runs through all that is."

20 "Plotinus and the Neoplatonic tradition saw the universe as a chain of being extending from the One, and the One was not only supreme ineffable Reality but also supreme Beauty known in ecstasy."

21 "A human being can never truly exist singly. On overt or subtle levels, he is linked to the destiny of the human race as a whole."

22 "The universe is like a magic hall of mirrors in which the reality of each entity, each Pilgrim, depends on the way he reflects all the other mirrors from a particular angle."

23 “All jobs provide opportunity to spread good will among fellow-workers and those one meets by a friendly smile and a helping hand.”

24 "The ultimate unity of all reality and the interaction of all entities with larger environments in spatial and temporal webs, and the inseparability of consciousness from the universe's manifestations, can be arrived at on quite rational grounds and require no 'mystical' modes of knowing."

25 "Growth involves inward transformation and living in accordance with the spirit of the oneness of all being that the truth implies."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite