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

2 "One thing is sure – all is one; the world, mind and all."

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

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

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

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

7 "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."

8 "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."

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

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

11 "If I were to try to name the new era, I would say it is characterized, whether consciously or not, by an inward-rising feeling of sympathy and companionship with other men and all things."

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 "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."

14 "Being IS unity."

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

16 "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."

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 "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."

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

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

21 "The whole reflects into every part."

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

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

24 "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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite