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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "The one Breath of the whole universe, I know that mighty Spirit, the shining sun beyond the darkness….I know Him the unfading, the ancient, the Soul of all, omnipresent by His nature." Shvetash-vataropanishad, iii, 8, 21

2 "The life of the Logos abiding in each form is its central, controlling, and directing energy."

3 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood."

4 "Light everywhere meets with light; since everything contains all things in itself and again sees all things in another. So that all things are everywhere and all is all. Each thing likewise is everything." Plotinus, quoted in G. R. S. Mead's introduction to Taylor's 'Plotinus'

5 "The human soul is the image of the Universal Mind."

6 "Man in his inner Self is one with the Self of the universe."

7 "All are One and are knotted in One, nor are they separated one from another." The Zohar

8 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils."

9 "The eternal Existence is proclaimed in the Chhandogyopanishad as 'One only, without a second.'"

10 "One nourishes many sides, thus All is One." The Zohar, Isaac Myer's translation

11 "A survey of the great religions of the world shows that they hold in common many religious, ethical, and philosophical ideas." Annie Besant, 'The Ancient Wisdom', Theosophical Publishing House 1983, p. 2

12 "Man remains forever free at the centre."

13 "Nothing can exist in which the Deity is not immanent…the Soul is present in the divine Idea."

14 "As a magnet has its magnetic field, an area within which all its forces play, larger or smaller according to its strength, so has every man a field of influence within which play the forces he emits, and these forces work in curves that return to their forthsender, that re-enter the centre whence they emerged."

15 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature."

16 "To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching

17 "Life is one, it streams out perpetually as the free outpouring of the love of the Logos."

18 "The Self is a living beam of the one Light and Life of the universe."

19 "This Self is the One, and hence is spoken of as the Monad, and this Monad is the outbreathed life of the Logos, containing within itself germinally, or in a state of latency, all the divine powers and attributes."

20 "The One Self is in all."

21 "Symbolically, in the infinite ocean of light, with centre everywhere and with circumference nowhere, there arises a full-orbed sphere of living light, a Logos, and the surface of the sphere is His will to limit Himself that He may become manifest, His veil in which He incloses Himself that within it a universe may take form."

22 "Those who learn the truth about their own nature become free."

23 "Strength and calm and wisdom come to those who behold with opened eyes the glory of the Good Law."

24 "God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him."

25 "The Founders of the great religions are members of the one Brotherhood."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite