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Hero With A Thousand Faces
Joseph Campbell

1 "We are all reflexes of the image of the Bodhisattva."

2 "To a man not led astray from himself by sentiments stemming from the surfaces of what he sees, but courageously responding to the dynamics of his own nature – to a man who is, as Nietzsche phrases it, 'a wheel rolling of itself' – difficulties melt and the unpredictable highway opens as he goes."

3 "Universal heroes – Mohammed, Jesus, Gautama Buddha – bring a message for the entire world."

4 "Just as the figments of a dream derive from the life energy of one dreamer, representing only fluid splittings and complications of that single force, so do all the forms of all the worlds, whether terrestrial or divine, reflect the universal force of a single inscrutable mystery: the power that constructs the atom and controls the orbits of the stars."

5 "God is love…He can be, and is to be, loved, and all without exception are his children."

6 "The One breaks into the manifold and the many are reconciled in the One."

7 "Since the Godhead is immanent in all, He will make Himself known through any object profoundly regarded."

8 "Peace is at the heart of all because…Boundless Love includes, regards, and dwells within (without exception) every sentient being."

9 "Any blade of grass may assume, in myth, the figure of the savior and conduct the questing wanderer into the sanctum sanctorum of his own heart."

10 "The hearth in the home, the altar in the temple, is the hub of the wheel of the earth, the womb of the Universal Mother whose fire is the fire of life."

11 "We live not in this physique only, but in all bodies, all physiques of the world."

12 "What is immortal and what is mortal are harmoniously blended." Ashvaghosha

13 "Thine is Heaven, Thine is Earth. Thou fillest the high regions, and Thou fillest the low regions. Wheresoever I turn, Thou, oh Thou, art there." Leon Stein, 'Hassidic Music'

14 "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."

15 "The beautiful sound of eternity is heard by the pure mind throughout creation, and therefore within itself."

16 "In myth the problems and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind."

17 "The energy behind the elemental pair of opposites, fire and water, is one and the same."

18 "The distinction between eternity and time is only apparent – made, perforce, by the rational mind, but dissolved in the perfect knowledge of the mind that has transcended the pairs of opposites."

19 "The ultimate experience of love is a realization that beneath the illusion of two-ness dwells identity: 'each is both'. This realization can expand into a discovery that beneath the multitudinous individualities of the whole surrounding universe – human, animal, vegetable, even mineral – dwells identity; whereupon the love experience becomes cosmic, and the beloved who first opened the vision is magnified as the mirror of creation."

20 "Him on whom the sky, the earth, and the atmosphere are woven, and the mind, together with all the life-breaths, Him alone know as the one Soul. Other words dismiss. He is the bridge to immortality." Mundaka Upanishad, 2. 2. 5

21 "Through all the contraries of phenomenality the Uncreate-Imperishable remains, and there is nothing to fear."

22 "Protective power is always and ever present within the sanctuary of the heart and even immanent within, or just behind, the unfamiliar features of the world. One has only to know and trust, and the ageless guardians will appear."

23 "Through all, the transcendent force…lives in all, in all is wonderful, and is worthy, in all, of our profound obeisance."

24 "The forward roll of the cosmogonic round precipitates the One into the many."

25 "The way to become human is to learn to recognize the lineaments of God in all of the wonderful modulations of the face of man."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite