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Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Shirley Nicholson

1 "All the planes and principles of nature are already implanted in us. All that is needed for the fulfillment of evolution's long-range goals exists within us already, buried at some unconscious level of our being."

2 "Intuition is integral knowledge. The vision it gives is the vision of the whole, a unified, synoptic vision of reality, in which the inner and outer, the one and the many, the individual and the universal, are perceived as one." Chari, 'Vedantic Mysticism'

3 "Universal Intelligence [is] the organizing, structuring principle at work behind nature, imposing order and purpose on the entire cosmic process."

4 "The Divine Mind is found everywhere in nature."

5 "Like the learning curve plotted when a new skill is being mastered, there are steps up, falling back, leveling off, new steps forward, but the general direction is always upward. As 'Light on the Path' says, 'The soul of man is immortal and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendor has no limit.'"

6 "All things are interconnected and bound together as by an invisible thread."

7 "All the breathing, the pulses, the rhythms and movements of the natural world on earth or in astronomical spaces are variations of the one universal pulse, which gives rise to them."

8 "There is a harmonious structure in the universe itself, as displayed by its parts, a wholeness revealed in relationships. Interactions, interdependence, coherence characterize the world of nature, in which separate beings and parts mesh together into meaningful patterns and wholes, as in the functions of the organs of the body."

9 "We are indeed complex beings embodying many kinds of universal energy, truly microcosms. There are subtle ranges in our nature which we have at best only glimpsed. Contrasts, opposites, and rich variety lie within us. Yet at the same time each of us is a whole person, not a loosely knit set of vehicles. We integrate many strains within ourselves, and we as Atman, the Self, express through each of them."

10 "All these principles – unity, time, space, motion, polarity – are enfolded in the One."

11 "Instead of stressing distinctions and the isolation of things, we can look at them as parts connected to form an organic whole. When we expand our consciousness and focus on this rather than on our seeming isolation, we can begin to live more fully."

12 "Every atom and particle is imbued with Divine Mind, which energizes it to move to higher levels of organization."

13 "Every being is related to every other in an immense harmonious pattern, like an organism. In this view, isolation does not exist in any real sense, as even the tiniest life has an essential place in the overall structure."

14 "'Tat tvam asi' (Thou art That), which proclaims man's inmost being as one with divine Being…is identical with the Gnostic maxim, 'Thou art I and I am thou.' This insight into man's hidden connection with the Ground of all has appeared in many other philosophies and religions, such as Taoism and Neoplatonism, and is even hinted at in Buddhism."

15 "The hexagons of the beehive and the turtle's shell, the ram's horn, the path of a moth all embody mathematical perfection."

16 "Because we can choose our inner feelings and thoughts, we have the possibility of self-control and self-direction. This gives us some control over our environment and our world. Our evolution is now self-induced, through our own decisions and efforts. Although the full development of self-consciousness and choice is not yet apparent, we are capable to some extent of choosing what we wish to express and be and what our world will be."

17 "Latent in the depths of our unconscious lies the seed of all future capacities that we and our species will develop."

18 "We desperately need a unifying world view to help heal the world's endless fractures. What problems could not be solved by first considering the good of the whole, of the lives of all those on our planet, rather than special interests!"

19 "Organisms are self-forming and also goal directed, not random. F. L. Kunz held that such self-ordering forms operate according to a principle of order, of dynamic geometry: 'The self-proportioned geometry of the living orders is the diversified expression of a consistent, universal principle.' ('Order in the Universe')."

20 "Indeed, as proclaimed by all great religious convictions, a unity characterizes this emergent mind and the basic order of the universe." Karl Pribram, 'What The Fuss Is All About'

21 "The forms of nature are exteriorized representations of Divine Thought."

22 "No thing causes any other thing, for causality resides not in things but in the whole. Particular events take place not because of any power in some other events which are said to be their causes, but because of an organic linking of the whole of cosmic experience, a linkage which is such that all events in the Cosmos are bound together in one harmonious correlation." Prem and Ashish, 'Man the Measure'

23 "A single fundamental rhythm beats below and gives rise to the many diverse rhythms in the world."

24 "All nature is the outcome and the reflection of the One, which is its ground, and lies embedded in that Oneness from which it can never be really separate."

25 "The Divine Mind reveals its own nature in the human abilities to conceptualize, to see relationships and patterns in diversity, to produce pattern and design in art, mathematics, science, and to organize experience into meaningful, interrelated wholes."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite