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The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell
Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators
The Upanishads are the oldest and clearest expression of the perennial philosophy that is the inner core of all the great religions.

1 "Truly, when a person discovers a foundation of fearlessness in the Self, in that which is invisible, formless, unlimited, and self-sufficient, then has he found true fearlessness." Taitiriya Upanishad

2 "O Brahman, You are Oneā€¦.Having taken form, You face in all directions. You are the deep blue butterfly. You are the parrot, green with red eyes. You are the father of lightning. You are the seasons and the seas. Unborn, you are everywhere, and all that is, is born from You." Shvetashvatara Upanishad

3 "The universe is a vast hologram, with the potential of the totality accessible in each of its myriad fragments." Translators

4 "Latent spiritual intelligence is our human birthright, waiting to be uncovered. It is the one tool that is indispensable if we are to solve our manifold problems. The fruit of this intelligence is the realization that we are one Self." Translators

5 "Jewish mystics praised the Self as the radiant indwelling Shekinah, and Islamic Sufis adored it as 'the Beloved', while the fourteenth-century German monk Meister Eckhart preached of it as 'the desert beyond God.' Six hundred years later, the scholar and mystic Thomas Merton described the Self as 'the infinite I Am which is the very name of the Almighty.' Examples such as these are legion, found in all the world's faiths." Translators

6 "When the mind becomes clear, and the heart becomes pure, then can the Self be known. And those who know It enjoy eternity." Katha Upanishad

7 "'The beginning' is ongoing, as the eternal unfolding of the Natural Law that governs the universe, moment to moment. In theological terms it is the continuous and invincible enactment of the will of God." Translators

8 "When the conceptual veil through which we ordinarily see the world is lifted, each limited object shines with the boundless light of the spirit, and each transitory experience is a celebration of eternity." Translators

9 "Whatever sound there is is the speech of the Divine, and all that can be expressed has its origin in this speech." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

10 "There is no death, only a change of worlds. Understood aright, life is the uninterrupted glory of the Divine." Translators

11 "You are the one God, hidden in all. You are everywhere, the inner Self of all, the seer of deeds, dwelling in all, the uninvolved witness, knowing all, pure Consciousness." Shvetashvatara Upanishad

12 "Know that all of Nature is but a magic theatre, that the great Mother is the master magician, and that this whole world is peopled by her many parts." Shvetashvatara Upanishad

13 "Beyond all conception, the universal light shines forth. It is the great One, smaller than the smallest, farther than the farthest, nearer than the nearest. The wise know It resting deep within." Mundaka Upanishad

14 "The eye of wisdom continues to see the play of opposites, of course, but it is no longer blinded to the all-embracing unity that underlies, interpenetrates, and harmonizes them." Translators

15 "The world is the Divine made active." Translators

16 "The one 'I Am' at the heart of creation, You are the light of life." Shvetashvatara Upanishad

17 "The Self that is here in a person, and the Self that is there in the sun, He is one." Taittiriya Upanishad

18 "How many divine beings are there really? One!" Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

19 "By knowing Him who is subtler than the subtlest, the still center of all activity, the fashioner of forms, enfolding the universe in His embrace, by knowing Him as Love, we find eternal peace." Shvetashvatara Upanishad, IV.8-14

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite