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The Inner Life
Charles W. Leadbeater
This book is a Theosophical classic which intuitively describes our psycho/spiritual Nature.

1 "If we are actively helping in the progress of all, we are living in God's will, which penetrates nature, and this is felt by nature at once."

2 "Even I myself am God, so all others, too, are God, and in truth there is nothing but God."

3 "The will of the Logos is man's evolution. In our blindness we may for a time resist Him, but to Him time is naught, and if we cannot see today He waits patiently till tomorrow, but always in the end His will is done."

4 "The Will of the Logos is infinitely stronger than any human will, and not even the utmost exertion of perverse ingenuity can possibly prevail against Him."

5 "What we have hitherto supposed to be our consciousness, our intellect, is simply not ours at all, but God's; not even a reflection of God's but literally and truly a part of the Divine Consciousness."

6 "The whole force of the universe is pressing upwards towards unity, and the person who is willing to make his life an intelligent cooperation with nature gains an ever-increasing perception of the reality of this unity."

7 "According to occult (esoteric) philosophy, all of nature – including humanity – is evolving according to a grand design. The ancient Greeks held the idea of teleology, a purposed end that controls the course of events….Sir Alister Hardy and L. L. Whyte, among others, suggest that internal factors in organisms, that it – life itself – plays an important part in guiding evolution. Goal-directedness and purposiveness are obvious throughout the world of life." Shirley Nicholson, introduction

8 "The brotherhood of man is a fact in nature."

9 "The Supreme Self (is) in everything and everything in It….the Self is endeavoring to express itself through the form. One method of practice for this is to try to identify your consciousness with that of various creatures, such as a fly, an ant, or a tree. Try to see and feel things as they see and feel them, until as you pass inwards all consciousness of the tree or the insect falls away, and the life of the Logos appears."

10 "Any directive process….implies a reference to the future. The equifinality of developmental processes, the striving of the blastula to grow into an embryo, regardless of the obstacles and hazards to which it is exposed, might lead the unprejudiced observer to the conclusion that the pull of the future is as real and sometimes more important than the pressure of the past." Arthur Koestler, 'Nature', 1965

11 "When we understand the underlying unity of all we cannot be otherwise than helpful, we cannot stand aside from our brother's sorrow."

12 "The old saying is justified that ALL things, even the most unlikely-looking are in reality working together for good."

13 "That consciousness, wide as the sea, with 'its centre everywhere and its circumference nowhere', is a great and glorious FACT."

14 "God is working simultaneously through every religion, and utilizing all that is good in the way of devotion and self-sacrifice in each."

15 "There is a consciousness wide enough to comprehend all, which never fails in its response to any earnest effort in the direction of an increased spirituality."

16 "The will of the Logos is humanity's evolution. In our blindness we may for a time resist Him, but to Him time is naught, and if we cannot see today, He waits patiently until tomorrow, but always in the end His will is done."

17 "The only way of casting off the fetter of doubt is by knowledge and intelligent comprehension."

18 "The best way to see truly is to begin determinedly to look always for the good in every one."

19 "We are all parts of the Logos, and our wills are part of his."

20 "God is within you, and God cannot fail."

21 "Even in its very worst and lowest aspects the world is improving."

22 "He [Buddha] declared that in spite of all the sorrow and misery of the world, the great scheme of which man is a part is a scheme of eternal justice, and that the law under which we are living is a good law, and needs only that we should understand it and adapt ourselves to it."

23 "What then can we do practically to help great national affairs? This at least: that when in our presence unkind or sneering remarks are made about other nations, we can make a point of always putting forward considerations on the other side, and saying something kindly."

24 "Everything around a person is calculated to assist him, if he only understands it."

25 "There is a Great One…who works for the good of the world."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite