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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 "Being IS unity."

2 "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

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

4 "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."

5 "The whole reflects into every part."

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

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

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

9 "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."

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

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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."

14 "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."

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

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite