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

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

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

4 "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."

5 "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."

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

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

8 "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."

9 "That the whole world is constituted of the One Reality is one of the essential principles of Vedantic thought."

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

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

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

13 "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

14 "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

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

16 "Being is one, though named variously."

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

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

19 "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."

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

21 "Things are not independent, clear-cut, definite-boundaried objects….Each one is what it is because there is a principle of oneness which is the essential cause and basis of all. Each is in some way all. That is the nature of being. Nothing IS that is not essentially all."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite