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The Best Spiritual Writing 1998
Philip Zaleski, editor

1 "Rocks and trees are not self-subsistent in the way optics by itself presents them. It now needs to be said that nature carries the signature of the divine – not only nature as a whole, but its parts, each of which betokens one of the ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah, as Muslims put the matter." Houston Smith, 'What They Have That We Lack: A Tribute to the Native Americans via Joseph Epes Brown', from 'Sophia'

2 "The earliest people saw some image of and reference to the Lord's kingdom in absolutely everything – in mountains, hills, plains, and valleys, in gardens, groves, and forests, in rivers and lakes, in fields and crops, in all kinds of trees, in all kinds of animals as well, in the luminaries of the sky." Emanuel Swedenborg

3 "Contemplating nature is a 'forelooking', a perception of that which transcends the here and now, a glimpse of the eternal precisely by means of the immediately temporal." Thomas Moore, 'Mystic Clouds and Natural Spirituality', from 'Orion'

4 "The Native American outlook conforms to the Great Chain of Being in seeing the whole of things as an ontological hierarchy in which lesser things derive in graded sequence from the Great Spirit." Huston Smith, 'What They Have That We Lack: A Tribute to the Native Americans via Joseph Epes Brown', from 'Sophia'

5 "Strictly speaking, there is but one sole philosophy, the Sophia Perennis; it is also – envisaged in its integrality – the only religion." Frithjof Schuon, 'The Transfiguration of Man'

6 "The soul lives both in time and in eternity." Thomas Moore, 'Mystic Clouds and Natural Spirituality', from 'Orion'

7 "The recognition that every plant, every insect, stones even, participate in the dharma and need to be treated, not as spoils for human appetites, but as companions in terms both of origin and ultimate destiny, conditioned all the Native Americans' ideas of what is right and wrong." Huston Smith, 'What They Have That We Lack: A Tribute to the Native Americans via Joseph Epes Brown', from 'Sophia'

8 "The mystic, magus, and poet of the past considered our relationship with nature as a loving one – not merely a sentimental appreciation on the part of humans, but rather a kinship and attraction among all elements. Eros keeps the planets in orbit, the season on time, and the organs of the body in harmony." Thomas Moore, 'Mystic Clouds and Natural Spirituality', from 'Orion'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite