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1 "Truth knows endless rebirth. When reality becomes distorted or veiled by man-made concepts, it will seek re-embodiment again at a later period. What is really true is true always." Rediscovering the Angels (Flower A. Newhouse)

2 "The function of comparative religion is to discern this essential Truth, this Divine Mystery beyond speech and thought forms of each religious tradition…In each tradition the one divine Reality, the one eternal Truth, is present, hidden under symbols, symbols of word and gesture, of ritual and dance and song, of poetry and music, art and architecture." Bede Griffiths, 'Return to the Centre' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

3 "An important point to note about the perennial philosophy is that it is not a philosophy in the Western sense, for it is not an ideology or belief system. Rather, it is based on the experiences of those who have tasted such states. It is not so much a set of ideas to be thought about or debated as an invitation to turn within and discover these truths for oneself." The Global Brain, Speculations on the Evolutionary Leap to Planetary Consciousness (Peter Russell)

4 "Spiritual explorers from different times and cultures have all discovered the same essential truths." Frontiers of The Soul (Michael Grosso)

5 "To societies rooted in the Sacred, that is, in the ideals by which the greatest majority of humankind live and have lived over the greatest majority of the life of the human family, the created order is sacred." Keith Critchlow, 'What Is Sacred in Architecture?", Homage to Pythagoras, Rediscovering Sacred Science (Christopher Bamford, editor)

6 "It is the combined insights from various views that determine the clearest picture of the brain-universe." Breaking the Mind Barrier (Todd Siler)

7 "In spite of the changes which it underwent, the primitive tradition has preserved for mankind throughout the ages a deposit..of fundamental truths." An Introduction to Philosophy (Jacques Maritain)

8 "Spiritual knowledge, if it's genuine, if it's transmitted correctly, will quicken a human's nature. Spiritual information should help humans find their bearings in life; it would kindle within a deeper love, more understanding. The results are actual life and not dead theory; they come alive in a person and lead one to the whole Anthropos, the complete human." The Imagination of Pentecost: Rudolf Steiner & Contemporary Spirituality (Richard Leviton)

9 "A survey of the great religions of the world shows that they hold in common many religious, ethical, and philosophical ideas." Annie Besant, 'The Ancient Wisdom', Theosophical Publishing House 1983, p. 2 The Ancient Wisdom (Annie Besant)

10 "The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you." The Secret Teachings of All Ages (Manly P. Hall)

11 "The way in which man inwardly pictures the world is still, despite all differences of detail, as uniform and as regular as his instinctive actions." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

12 "Collective wisdom goes straight down into our innermost parts – to our heart, or soul – from where, through 'hearing' the words with our inner ears, we may receive valuable insights into the nature of human being." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

13 "Behind all religion lies the selfsame reality, the primal awareness of the divine Ground of being." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

14 "All creative scientists know that the true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions they uncover the laws of truth." J. C. Bose, Indian physicist and botanist Autobiography of a Yogi (Paramahansa Yogananda)

15 "To be a happy and useful person, it is important to understand and practice the Laws of Life. These laws are simply the set of rules by which we should live. They come from a vast array of sources – the major Scriptures of the world; various schools of philosophical thought, both ancient and modern; storytellers, such as Aesop; scientists, such as Isaac Newton; and from various artists and historians – to name a few." Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles (John Marks Templeton)

16 "The human spirit universally grows intuitions of the Divine. And those intuitions and insights form the core of the world's great spiritual or wisdom traditions. And although the surface structures of the great traditions are most certainly quite different, their deep structures are quite similar, often identical." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

17 "The enduring truths of this ancient wisdom include the idea of levels or dimensions of reality and consciousness, reaching from matter to body to mind to soul to spirit, with Spirit fully and equally present at all of these levels as the Ground of the entire display. Each senior level transcends and includes its juniors, so that this Great Nest is a holarchy of extended love and compassionate embrace, reaching from dirt to Divinity, with no corner of the Kosmos left untouched by grace or care or luminosity." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

18 "In the images and likenesses of religion, we are dealing with a sort of language that makes possible an understanding of that interconnection of the world which can be traced behind the phenomena." Werner Heisenberg, 'Scientific and Religious Truth' Quantum Questions, Mystical Writings of the World's Great Physicists (Ken Wilber, editor)

19 "This, then, is the message of the saints, sages, and mystics, whether Amerindian, Taoist, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, or Christian: At the bottom of your soul is the soul of humanity itself, but a divine, transcendent soul, leading from bondage to liberation, from dream to awakening, from time to eternity, from death to immortality." Grace and Grit: Spirituality and Healing in the Life and Death of Treya Killam Wilber (Ken Wilber)

20 "Religion is an activity through which man attempts to see the meaning of his life. It is a construction based on deep psychic knowledge. No matter what name it might go by, it represents man's connection with the universe." The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events (Jane Roberts)

21 "The greater chorus of the philosophers concludes that God contains every name, since all is in him and he himself is in everything, not unlike the manner in which all straight lines drawn from the centre to the circumference are said to be in the centre." Robert Fludd, Western Esoteric Masters Series (William Huffman, editor)

22 [God:] "I have said to all of humanity, unto you will I send my messengers, and among you will they walk. Not only one, but many, not only in ancient times, but through all the ages, bringing you the knowing of the truth of your being, even as that truth emerges in and through them, AS them." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

23 "An important feature of Neo-Platonic ethics was the belief that god had manifested himself not only to one, but to many nations. His spirit had breathed wherever one discovers traces of divine revelation." The History of Magic and the Occult (Kurt Seligmann)

24 "May that Universal Good Will of the Great Teachers of Wisdom speedily prevail, so that mankind may recognize their divine at-one-ment." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

25 "Whenever we moderns pause for a moment, and enter the silence, and listen very carefully, the glimmer of our own deepest nature begins to shine forth, and we are introduced to the mysteries of the deep, the call of the within, the infinite radiance of a splendor that time and space forgot – we are introduced to the all-pervading Spiritual domain that the growing tip of our honored ancestors were the first to discover. And they were good enough to leave us a general map to that infinite domain, a map called the Great Nest of Being, a map of our own interiors, an archeology of our own Spirit." Integral Psychology: Consciousness, Spirit, Psychology, Therapy (Ken Wilber)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite