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1 "It is undeniable that the theologies of all the great nations dovetail together and show that each is a part of one stupendous whole." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

2 "As we are told in the Vedas: 'Truth is one, the sages speak of it by many names." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

3 "The human mind has, under the necessary operation of its own laws, been compelled to entertain the same fundamental ideas, and the human heart to cherish the same feelings in all ages." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

4 "Good traditions of all ages must inspire the achievement of world peace." Buddhism and Psychotherapy, The Healing of Heart Doctrine (Manly P. Hall)

5 "The great sages and seers, the masters of wisdom and compassion, belong to no race, and especially to no creed. They are the children of the spirit, whose familiar thought is truth itself; and hence their sympathies are universal. They need no frontiers of race, of caste, of creed, of color. They are truth-seekers, truth-teachers….For truth has no age. It never was born, it never has not been. It is timeless because universal. Its appeal is to the hearts and minds of all." Wind of the Spirit (G. dePurucker)

6 "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)

7 "He who is called Krishna is also called Shiva and bears the names Shakti, Jesus, and Allah as well – the one Rama with a thousand names….The substance is one under different names and everyone is seeking the same substance; nothing but climate, temperament, and names vary." Ramakrishna The Flight of the Wild Gander (Joseph Campbell)

8 "There is only one River of Truth, into which tributaries from all parts flow." The Mystery Religions and Christianity (Samuel Angus)

9 "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)

10 "The principle of that wisdom which is revealed to all [is] that we should know and praise God through His creation and that by means of the visible world we should understand whence we came, what we are, for what purpose we were made and where we are going." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology' The Philokalia, volume 2 (various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain)

11 "Not a nation, not a people, nor the most abject tribe, but after their own fashion has believed in an Unseen God, the First cause of unerring and immutable laws, and in the immortality of our spirit. No creed, no false philosophy, no religious exaggerations, could ever destroy that feeling. It must, therefore, be based upon an absolute truth." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

12 "There is an absolute truth. It's the unity underlying all existence, the singular wisdom from which we are constructed. Your soul knows it. Listen carefully." The Hidden Face of God: How Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth (Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D.)

13 "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)

14 "Who can study carefully the ancient religious and cosmogonic myths without perceiving that this striking similitude of conceptions, in their esoteric spirit, is the result of no mere coincidence, but manifests a concurrent design? It shows that already in those ages which are shut out from our sight by the impenetrable mist of tradition, human religious thought developed in uniform sympathy in every portion of the globe." Isis Unveiled (Helena P. Blavatsky)

15 "Prophets and apostles, evangelists and saints, speak to us with voices that never die." Cardinal Manning, 'The Eternal Priesthood' (19th century) The Book of Catholic Quotations (John Chapin, Editor)

16 "We need to find the link between our traditions and our present experience of life. Nowness, or the magic of the present moment, is what joins the wisdom of the past with the present." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

17 "That people should succumb to these eternal images (spiritual symbols) is entirely normal, in fact it is what these images are for. They are meant to attract, to convince, to fascinate, and to overpower. They are created out of the primal stuff of revelation and reflect the ever-unique experience of divinity….Thanks to the labors of the human spirit over the centuries, these images have become embedded in a comprehensive system of thought that ascribes an order to the world." 'Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious', CW 9, 1 Basic Writings of C G Jung (V S DeLasslo, editor)

18 "The inherent nature of man, despite all the differences of race, tradition, or spiritual development, is the same in us all." The Flame and the Light (Hugh I'anson Fausset)

19 "Whatever the approach, and however complicated the philosophical, psychological or theological superstructure erected upon it, the essentials of the Way whereby the suprapersonal reality becomes transformingly effective in the individual life are found to be virtually identical and universal." The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

20 "We hopefully look forward…to an age of understanding and adaptation that will be able to synthesize and make use of all that is good and noble in all the traditions of the past. If the world is to survive and if civilization is to endure or rather perhaps weather its present crisis and recover its dimension of wisdom, we must hope for a new world culture that takes account of all civilized philosophies." Mystics and Zen Masters (Thomas Merton)

21 "If we carefully analyze the writings of all these people, and others, we see in them striking similarities. It seems to me that when twenty different people who do not know each other and live at twenty different times on the planet write essentially the same things, there may be something here for us to look at very carefully." Questions and Answers on Conversations With God (Neale Donald Walsch)

22 "Fulfilled gurus, seers, incarnations and saviors, speak frequently as with one voice." The Inner Reaches of Outer Space, Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (Joseph Campbell)

23 "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)

24 "Ultimately, it does not really matter in which manner we establish our God-connection, whether that be as a Christian, Hindu, Jew or Athiest. All of these approaches will lead to the same end point." Agartha: The Essential Guide to Personal Transformation in the New Era (Meredith L. Young)

25 "We have seen in far-flung shamanic traditions distant in time and place, whether in initiation rites, dreams, shamanic lore, rock painting, or monumental sculpture, mankind riding on precisely the same symbols to precisely the same truths or, we might say, experiences." The Strong Eye of Shamanism, A Journey Into the Caves of Consciousness (Robert E. Ryan, Ph.D.)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite