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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 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."

2 "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."

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

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

5 “The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.”

6 "Oneness of the universe is more fundamental than its diversity, so what is most widespread and most expresses unity among the spiritual and philosophical traditions of the Earth is most true."

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

8 "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."

9 "An infinite divine reality – call it Brahman, God, or the One – underlies all that is and is the ultimate nature of all that is; we humans, as part of it, have an infinite origin and destiny; and these things can be known through wisdom, for they are our heritage and our very selves."

10 "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."

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

12 "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."

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

14 “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.”

15 "Behind the symbols and languages of the world's manifold religions lies a common pattern of pointers to ultimate truth."

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

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

18 "All we do in the way of selfless compassion and service will bring as its logical consequence enhanced experience of the basic Oneness through enhanced awareness….Here is at work the paradoxical but crucial truth inculcated by all spiritual masters, that he who gives up his life for the sake of higher things will find it, and find it a hundredfold."

19 "Symbol is a very important word in the world's religious and spiritual traditions. The word literally means in Greek 'falls with', suggesting something which bears with it more than itself… interact with a symbol, in other words, is to interact with more than the thing itself; it also brings one in touch with another reality."

20 “The great initiated souls who founded the great religions embodied the same essential truth under many different guises.”

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

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

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

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

25 “To know the Buddha is to know that all sentient beings are buddhas; to love Christ is to see Christ in all.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite