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The Glorious Presence
Ernest E. Wood
An explanation of the Vedanta Philosophy, including Shankara's Ode to the South-facing Form.

1 "Man CAN KNOW that one reality – men have known it in the past and can do so now."

2 "In that fullness of unity the whole is fully present in the part."

3 "We are brothers; sons of one sweet mother."

4 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature."

5 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom."

6 "Everything depends upon everything else, and, in fact, IS everything else as well as itself."

7 "Anyone who is intent upon knowing the One Reality finds the One Reality everywhere."

8 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one."

9 "Knowledge depends principally on a mental act of unity. The advance of knowledge is the discovery of unity."

10 "Love is a kind of knowledge, an awareness of other lives. With it we begin to live in others, and cannot ignore the wounded bird or the lost child."

11 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One."

12 "There is something marvellous in the power within a seed, and when that seed is the human soul, containing the powers of will, thought and love, no one should dare to measure its possibilities by an undeveloped imagination…it is for him to be his own gardener, to understand his own destiny, and to make his circumstances assist him in its swift achievement."

13 "The whole reflects into every part."

14 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are."

15 "There is no complete error, no complete ignorance – ever. In the world what resists us helps us, as the ground which obstructs our feet, but is necessary in walking. There is no escape from the self."

16 "The aim is direct knowledge of the One Reality, and the process begins with the hearing of testimony, goes on to reasoning, and ends with direct vision of the truth of the statement or experience being pondered on."

17 "From the unreal to the real is not from one thing to another, but from the complexity of duality and multiplicity to the simplicity of unity."

18 "Greece, Rome, Chaldea, Peru, Egypt and all live now in us. Their material triumphs have turned to dust, their old languages are dead, but the gain of character that was achieved by those ancient labors is ours now and forever."

19 "The whole universe is in a flow of universal in-fluence in which everything is in some degree potent in everything else."

20 "Every little thing can be a gateway to infinity."

21 "There is an entelechy or active operation of form-building in Nature, and therefore a teleological purpose or design showing progress in Nature."

22 "The earth is honey for all beings; all beings are honey for the earth also -…It is the self, the immortal, Brahman, all. Just as all the spokes of a cartwheel are fixed in the nave and the circumference, so are all beings fitted in the self, which is without before or after, or inside or outside, the knower of all." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, II, 5

23 "Everything that occurs is worthy of our most appreciative attention, since it is in some way Brahman."

24 "Somehow everything is Brahman. We have constantly to remind ourselves of this piece of knowledge and then we shall value our present experience."

25 "The Vedanta Philosophy has as its basis the belief that the universe of our experience is only one reality and it can be known."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite