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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "Man remains forever free at the centre."

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

3 "Pure love brought the universe into being, pure love maintains it, pure love draws it upwards towards perfection, towards bliss."

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

5 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them."

6 "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

7 "Until man has found the real Self, his own unreality makes him subject to illusions."

8 "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."

9 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force."

10 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence."

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

12 "The one who is wise by love rises above all petty differences, and sees all drawing their life from the one source, all as part of his family."

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

14 "The One Self is in all."

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

16 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time."

17 "We are one in our origin, one in the method of our evolution, one in our goal."

18 "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."

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

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

21 "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

22 "It is infolded Deity that is the guarantee of humanity's final triumph; this is the hidden motive power that makes evolution at once possible and inevitable, the upward-lifting force that slowly overcomes every obstacle and every difficulty."

23 "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'

24 "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."

25 "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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite