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1 "God and man are one and indivisible throughout all eternity. This is the one supreme truth taught in all Mystery Schools and in all religions." Basic Theosophy (Geoffrey Hodson)

2 "Throughout it all the great themes of righteousness or duty, of love or devotion, of truth in word, thought, and deed, of reward and punishment or cause and effect or action and reaction, of self-sacrifice, generosity, hospitality, remain the basic seeds of all civilizations, are present in all religions and are as fundamental and vital today as ever before." Jeanine Miller, 'The Relevance of the Vedas to Modern Man' The American Theosophist (various)

3 "The motive power of any vital religion is the divine love." Behold the Spirit, A Study in the Necessity of Mystical Religion (Alan Watts)

4 "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)

5 “Spiritual truths come from the same place in us where there is only one of us. The Sutras and Bibles of all the ages meet and are summarized in the archetypal oracular wisdom of our linked souls, and no accidents or ravages of history can dispossess us of our heritage. Each of us is a holograph of the entirety of revelation.” Mary Within (David Richo)

6 "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)

7 "For over fifty years I've read a passage from one of the world's sacred texts before breakfast. I'm not the first person in history to undertake the spiritual quest, and it's only sensible to draw on the experiences of those who have preceded me. The Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, the Koran, the Bible, and the like are data banks of what they learned, so I apprentice myself to them. They are my guides on the path." The Way Things Are (Huston Smith, edited by Phil Cousineau)

8 "All that is auspicious, blessed, and beautiful is inherent in every human individual, like a great towering tree with its spreading branches, height, fruits, foliage, and flower is inherent in a tiny little seed. This message is the central content of the teachings of all the prophets, the messiahs, the messengers of God that have come and taught from time to time in different parts of the world." His Holiness Sri Swami Chidananda Saraswati, 'Love' A Parliament of Souls, In Search of Global Spirituality (Michael Tobias, Jane Morrison, Bettina Gray, editors)

9 "As one fellow put it, 'One soul is big enough for all of us. In fact, that is the One to which so many belief systems separately refer.'" Turning Toward the Mystery: A Seeker's Journey (Stephen Levine)

10 "The manifold religious practices and beliefs which, from the earliest times, have played such an enormous role in history cannot be traced back to the whimsical fancies and opinions of individuals, but owe their existence far more to the influence of unconscious powers which we cannot neglect without disturbing the psychic balance." Collected Works (Carl Jung)

11 "The root of all religion is the consciousness of the world-life burning, blazing, deep down within us: it is the Soul's intuition of its roots in Omnipresence and Eternity." The Origins of Pagan and Christian Beliefs (Edward Carpenter)

12 "I attribute a positive value to all religions. In their symbolism I recognize those figures which I have met with in the dreams and fantasies of my patients. In their moral teachings I see efforts that are the same as or similar to those made by my patients, when, guided by their own insight or inspiration, they seek the right way of dealing with the forces of the inner life." Modern Man in Search of a Soul (Carl Jung)

13 "Each partner is a light for the other and enables him/her to see better the depths of his/her own tradition. The religion of the partner is like a sounding board in which one's own terms and symbols acquire new over- or undertones." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

14 "The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness." The Dalai Lama The Mystic Hours, A Daybook of Interspiritual Wisdom & Devotion (Wayne Teasdale)

15 "God is working simultaneously through every religion, and utilizing all that is good in the way of devotion and self-sacrifice in each." The Inner Life (Charles W. Leadbeater)

16 "This experience of nowness can join together the vastness of primordial wisdom with both the wisdom of past traditions and the realities of contemporary life. So in that way, you begin to see how the world of sacredness can be created altogether." Shambhala (Chogyam Trungpa)

17 "All religions have forms of mysticism which emphasize direct awareness of and communion with the sacred. Hindu samadhi and Zen satori, Jewish devekut and Christian unio mystico, all describe intense consciousness of ultimate reality's underlying unity and goodness." Spiritual Genius, The Mastery of Life's Meaning (Winifred Gallagher)

18 "Religious feeling is as much a verity as any other part of human consciousness." John Tyndall (1820-1893), Irish physicist, 'Fragments of Science' The Great Thoughts (George Seldes, compiler)

19 “The forms which experience takes in each individual may be infinite in their variations, but they are all variants of certain central types, and these occur universally. They are the primordial images, from which the religions each draw their absolute truth.” Collected Works (Carl Jung)

20 "It is not so much a question of finding in the partner's position analogous terms for one's own system. Rather, we try to clarify equivalent functions of our own practices, symbols and terms, in order to recognize, adapt, and fulfill the existential MEANING of religious reality which comes to light in the encounter." The Unity of Reality (Michael vonBruck)

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

22 "Giving transforms Having into Being, and the miracle of giving is that we are giving only to ourselves. This is always the case, and this is the great secret of Life. It is the unfolded mystery of every spiritual tradition." Tomorrow's God, Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (Neale Donald Walsch)

23 "We can learn much by holding on to the hand of the ancient intuitive tradition of real Religion." The Transforming Mind (Laurence and Phoebe Bendit)

24 "When new religions begin, they do not really invent new terms or ideas ex nihilo, out of nothing. Instead they typically borrow from other religions and from the culture around them, editing, adding, synthesizing ideas, and adjusting language until new creative insights emerge clearly." Introduction to Theology (Thomas P. Rausch, editor)

25 "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)

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite