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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "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

2 "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."

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

5 "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."

6 "All things live in rhythmical vibrations, all seek the harmonious and are repelled by dissonance."

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

8 "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'

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

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

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

12 "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."

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

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

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

21 "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."

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

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

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

25 "The great doctors of the Catholic Church always posit the unfathomable Deity, incomprehensible, infinite, and therefore necessarily but One and partless."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite