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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 "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."

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

3 "My I and every I is that one I, the Glorious Presence….the mystery of mysteries, the joy of joys, the presence of all in each…variety mysteriously governed by unity. This is the principle of the whole – the ultimate self-existent power – which governs evolution from within."

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

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

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

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

8 "Being IS unity."

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

10 "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."

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

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

13 "A breath of Will blows eternally through the universe of souls in the direction of the Right and Necessary. It is the air which all intellects inhale and exhale, and it is the wind which blows the world into order and orbit." Ralph Waldo Emerson

14 "The One Reality can be known by exploring the I, the self – the true, not the false self."

15 "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

16 "The whole reflects into every part."

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

18 "Being is one, though named variously."

19 "I see that when souls reach a certain clearness of perfection, they accept a knowledge and motive above selfishness." Ralph Waldo Emerson

20 "A man does not understand anything unless he loves it." Goethe

21 "Everything is in intimate touch with other things….with no empty space between. This is a dance in which the partners are holding each other closely."

22 "The three mental steps towards knowledge of the One Reality are: 1. Listening, 2. Reflecting, 3. Contemplating. Listening means paying attention to the statements of the Scriptures with reference to the One Reality, and also to the words of seers and sages on the subject."

23 "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."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite