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1 "The whole universe is one reality, and that reality is pure consciousness. Pure consciousness is absolute existence. It is One that is not followed by a Second." Chandogya Upanishad Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire (Deepak Chopra)

2 "One Force in every place, though manifold. I am the Sacrifice. I am the Prayer. I am the Funeral Cake set for the dead. I am the healing herb. I am the ghee, the Mantra, and the flame, and that which burns. I am, of all this boundless Universe, the Father, Mother, Ancestor and Guard." Bhagavad Gita, Book 9 Wisdom for Life (Lynette Evans, editor)

3 "The self (Atman) is really Brahman, the only being, the universal being, the One. So the self, the ego, and the essence of the universe are really one." The Religion Book, The Encyclopedia of Places, Prophets, Saints, and Seers (Jim Willis)

4 "Our world of diversity, the many, emerges from the numinous Source of all, the One." Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight (Shirley Nicholson)

5 "The highest and real truth of existence is the one Spirit, and it is the power of being of this Spirit which manifests itself in all that we experience as universe. This universal Nature is not a lifeless, inert or unconscious mechanism, but informed in all its movements by the universal Spirit." A Greater Psychology, An Introduction to Sri Aurobindo's Psychological Thought (Sri Aurobindo, edited by A. S. Dalal)

6 "How many divine beings are there really? One!" Brihadaranyaka Upanishad The Upanishads, selections translated by Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell (Alistair Shearer and Peter Russell, translators)

7 "The whole of nature is one, a unity." L. H. Leslie-Smith, 'Karma and Reincarnation' Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony (Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors)

8 "Be careful to remember him, the One who is all things, - him who is the creator of all things." Hermetica (Walter Scott, translator)

9 "We may know – not as a mere static dictum but as a winged intuition, carrying an infinitude of significance both for mind and heart – that the One IS the Manifold, and the Manifold IS the One." The Manifold and The One (Agnes Arber)

10 "All to me are one." Discipleship in the New Age (Alice A. Bailey)

11 "All lines gather into One. Let the soul realize the One in Many." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

12 "God is the infinite and eternal substance of all finite existences, an absolute and unchanging ONE underlying the finite modes in which it variably manifests itself." The Great Ideas, A Syntopicon, vol. 1 (Mortimer J. Adler, editor)

13 "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." The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation (W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor)

14 "John Wheeler has proposed a conception of the universe that he has called 'observer-participancy', or a closed-loop participatory universe in which – as quantum physics would have it – nothing that is observed is unaffected by the observer. In other words, the Creator and the Created are One." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

15 "We are a means of expression for the eternal and infinite I AM, the Spirit; the dynamic flow of energy, the all-encompassing motivating force that Is the One Reality." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

16 "Relativity and quantum theory agree in that both imply the need to look upon the world as an undivided whole in which all the parts of the universe merge and unite in one totality." David Bohm, 'Wholeness and the Implicate Order' Who Do You Think You Are? The Healing Power of Your Sacred Self (Carlos Warter, M.D., Ph.D.)

17 "There is but one principle of all things." The City of God (St. Augustine)

18 "We are all One, in God." The Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space (John C. Lilly, M.D.)

19 "The sum of all individual minds is the one Universal Mind, so that in the last analysis, gods, men, and worlds are each fragments of the whole." Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Manly P. Hall)

20 "The universe, produced from the one undivided Atman by the on-rolling process of manifestation, is a unified system, a mighty organism in which the inmost nucleus and pervading Spirit and Self is the one abiding Being." J. C. Chatterji, 'The Wisdom of the Vedas' The American Theosophist (various)

21 "Just as the varied organs of the human body are inter-related by the nervous system, so within the body of the planet are the various kingdoms in nature and the multiplicity of forms. Back of the objective universe is the subtler sensitive body – one organism, not many, one sentient, responsive, connected form." A Treatise on White Magic (Alice A. Bailey)

22 "Truth admits of no plurality, and reveals itself as single and unique." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

23 "Oneness unites all things within itself." A Course in Miracles (Helen Schucman and William Thetford)

24 "Everything has grown from this One, and through this One. It is the Uroboros, the serpent that fertilizes and gives birth to itself." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

25 "Diverse entities…have emerged from an original One in whom they can and eventually must be reabsorbed or reintegrated." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite