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1 "There have been…individuals who have stumbled across an evolutionary threshold into what they see as the true evolutionary goal of the species. These pioneers have returned from their expeditions with maps and routes to the natural state of man and have shown where we originally came from, who we are and where we are heading." Unknown Man (Yatri)

2 "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)

3 "I am compelled to testify that literary works can communicate transcendence." Omens of Millennium (Harold Bloom)

4 "Oneness of the universe is more fundamental than its diversity, so what is most widespread and most expresses unity among the spiritual and philosophical traditions of the Earth is most true." Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages (Robert Ellwood)

5 "What humankind as a whole has learnt in the course of its evolution forms an ever-expanding pool of collective wisdom. Also known as the perennial wisdom, or 'sophia perennis', this collective wisdom is freely available to us all." The Alternative Gospel (John Baldock)

6 "A revolution is a 'revolving'. It is a coming full circle. And this is what Life as expressed through Humanity is doing right now. You are on a circle, from the fullness of knowing to the emptiness of forgetfulness to the fullness of knowing again. From Oneness to Separation to Oneness again. From Total Consciousness to Unconsciousness to Total Consciousness again. This movement, this process, is part of the endless Cycle of Life….It is spoken of in your philosophies and revealed in your religions and expressed in all of your cultural stories. It is found in your poems and songs, in your dances and rituals of every kind. It is held in your minds and embraced in your hearts and known in your souls." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

7 "All [masters] live today even as they did then, in the days of what you call your past. And all the masters and all the messengers – Buddha, Abraham, Baha'u'liah, Jesus, Krishna, Moses, Muhammad, and all the others – love you today as they did then, and invite you today as they did then to accept and embrace the wonder and the glory of Who You Are." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

8 "The common origin of the human race is proved by the universal themes of folklore [and] legend….Orientalism, the study of comparative religion, mythology, cultural anthropology, the history of civilization and art, esotericism, psychoanalysis, and symbolological research have all combined to provide us with ample material to substantiate psychological truth, and this essential oneness." A Dictionary of Symbols (J. E. Cirlot)

9 "When we examine the sacred books of various religions and the original sayings of the world's greatest teachers, we are able to perceive a singular uniformity." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

10 "Since eschatological fulfillment refers to the true nature of creation and the divine will which is expressed in it, the significance of the 'communio sanctorum' [sacred community] is universal. It is realized by the power of the Spirit, who cannot be contained by human ideas and institutional borders. It is a communion of 'men and women of good will' (Luke 2:14). And this is manifested in various religions as well as in secular societies, and to an extent in every human heart." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

11 "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)

12 "Behind the many guises of truth there is ONE truth." Martin James, 'Art News', 1957 Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

13 "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)

14 "Whether they are Syrian, Greek, Egyptian or Hindu, the writers of the sacred books seem to me as men who had all gazed upon the same august vision and reported of the same divinity." George W. Russell (1867-1935), Irish author, 'The Candle of Vision' Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery (Cranston/Head, editors)

15 "In the world of the mystics there are some profound and beautiful maps which appear not to suffer from the ravages of time. Here we find a host of ancient and modern disciplines as widely different as Taoists, Gnostics, the Sufis and the monks of Zen. This diverse spectrum of human experience has been handed down through living teachings and scriptures with an admirable thoroughness. They all, of course, differ in details, yet the major landmarks and the terrain are uncannily similar." Unknown Man (Yatri)

16 "'That Which Is', says St. Augustine; 'The One', 'The Supplier of true Life', says Plotinus; 'the energitic Word', says St. Bernard; 'Eternal Light', says Dante; 'the Abyss', says Ruysbroeck; 'Pure Love', says St. Catherine of Genoa – poor symbols of Perfection at the best. But, through and by these oblique utterances, they give us the assurance that the Object of their discovery is one with the object of our quest." Mysticism (Evelyn Underhill)

17 "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)

18 "It is striking to note the remarkable similarity in the ideas of the Object of Devotion as expressed by the great mystics in all religions." editors The Choice Is Always Ours (Dorothy B. Phillips, Chief Editor)

19 "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)

20 "At the core of the basic teachings found in all or most of the world's religions which have left visible and intelligible records, there exists a Universal Tradition." Occult Preparations for a New Age (Dane Rudhyar)

21 "Briefly formulated, the universal doctrine teaches that all the visible structures of the world – all things and beings – are the effects of a ubiquitous power out of which they rise, which supports and fills them during the period of their manifestation, and back into which they must ultimately dissolve. This is the power known to science as energy, to the Melanesians as 'mana', to the Sioux Indians as 'wakonda', the Hindus as 'shakti', and the Christians as the power of God. Its manifestation in the psyche is termed, by the psychoanalysts, 'libido.' And its manifestation in the cosmos is the structure and flux of the universe itself." Hero With A Thousand Faces (Joseph Campbell)

22 "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.)

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

24 "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)

25 "Behind all the successive revelations of divinity down the ages is to found one significant purpose; all of them are and will prove themselves to be aspects of the Great Revelation." The Rays and The Initiations (Alice A. Bailey)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite