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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor
The method of realizing Nirvana through knowing the mind, as taught in ancient Tibetan texts. Includes a psychological commentary by C. G. Jung.

1 "'There being really no duality, pluralism is untrue'. This is certainly one of the most fundamental truths of the East." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary

2 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects."

3 "Inevitably, as the Great Gurus teach, what men sow in law-courts or on battle-fields produces ever new harvests; and the sowing will continue until they recognize, individually and collectively, the Higher Law of the Divine At-one-ment of mankind, irrespective of nationality, race, religion, or social status, and, equally, of everything that lives."

4 "Pluralism is illusory, since all separate forms originate in the indistinguishable oneness of the psychic matrix, deep down in the unconscious." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary

5 "The One Mind, the cosmic focus of consciousness, is all-in-all; there is nothing other than it, no thought other than its thought, no object or universe independent of it."

6 "There appears to be deep-hidden in the unconscious, awaiting favourable opportunity to come forth into the conscious, a transcendent geometrical symmetry, like that referred to by the Greek philosophers in such aphorisms as 'God geometrizes', or 'The Universe is founded on number'; and, also, a divine beauty and perfect harmony."

7 "If even the most inconspicuous Eskimo within the Arctic Circle were to suffer pain or misfortune, it would inevitably affect, although unconsciously, every other human being on the planet."

8 "The One Mind is the unique root of energy, the potentiality of potentialities, the sole dynamo of universal power, the initiator of vibrations, the unknown source, the womb whence there come into being the cosmic rays and matter in all its electronic aspects, as light, heat, magnetism, electricity, radio-activity, or as organic and inorganic substances in all their manifold guises, visible and invisible, throughout the realm of nature."

9 "Earth's multitude of human and sub-human creatures, each of them like a single cell, collectively constitute the body of one multicellular organism, mentally illuminated by the One Cosmic Mind. We are, as St. Paul perceived, all members of One Body; or, as the Mahayana [Buddhism] likewise teaches, other and self are identical."

10 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind."

11 "Even as time is, in its essentiality, beginningless and endless duration, incapable of division into past, present, and future, so space is dimensionless, and divisionless, and non-existent apart from the One Mind."

12 "All hail to the One Mind that embraces the whole." 'The Seeing of Reality'

13 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind."

14 "All sentient beings are members of one body, even as the Christian seer St. Paul perceived."

15 "Whatever the structure of the unconscious may be, one thing is certain: it contains an indefinite number of motifs or patterns of an archaic character, in principle identical with the root ideas of mythology and similar thoughtforms." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary

16 "Realization of the One Mind, through introspectively attaining understanding of the true nature of its macrocosmic aspect innate in man, is equivalent to the attainment of…the Full Awakening of Buddhahood."

17 "In the Beginning was Mind; and Mind was with God. So Mind was God. This was in Beginning with God. All kept coming into existence through it; and apart from it came into existence not a single thing." 'The Gnostic John the Baptizer', published by John M. Watkins, London, 1924

18 "Considered in its universality, Intelligence contains all entities as the genus contains all species, as the whole contains all parts." Plotinus

19 "Although the Sun may shine in each of a thousand rooms of a palace, its unity is not affected; although the One Mind illuminates the innumerable myriads of finite minds, it remains inseparably a unit."

20 "The One Mind, as Reality, is the Heart which pulsates forever, sending forth purified the blood-streams of existence, and taking them back again; the Great Breath, the Inscrutable Brahman, the Eternally Unveiled Mystery of the Mysteries of Antiquity, the Goal of all Pilgrimages, the End of all Existence."

21 "The First Principle, being One, is transcendent over measure or number….The Supreme Principle must be essentially unitary, and simple, while essences [derived therefrom] form a multitude." Plotinus, Ennead V

22 "There is but the One Mind (or Consciousness)."

23 "May that Universal Good Will of the Great Teachers of Wisdom speedily prevail, so that mankind may recognize their divine at-one-ment."

24 "The inseparableness of all living things is as natural as it is inescapable."

25 "We are eternally present in the One."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite