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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Cranston/Head, editors

1 "I know for a fact that there is life after death." Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, interview in People magazine, November 24, 1975

2 "Of this I am sure…that we ARE here for a purpose. And that we go on. Mind and memory – they are the eternals." Henry Ford (1863-1947), American businessman, interview in the Hearst papers, April 27, 1938

3 "I am convinced that we live in eternity now." Gustaf Stromberg (1882-1962), Swedish-American astronomer and physicist, 'The Searchers'

4 "Life is One, and all its forms are interrelated. It follows that every act and thought by any form of life, from the highest to the lowest, must react on every other form." Christmas Humphreys (b. 1901), British author and Buddhist philosopher, 'Karma and Rebirth'

5 "All death is but a phoenix fire-death, and new-birth into the Greater and the Better!" Thomas Carlyle, 'Heroes and Hero Worship'

6 "I am conscious of Eternal Generation, that I am what never lay in the cradle and no coffin can hold, but sits behind smiling at what was brought forth..." Cyrus A. Bartol (1813-1900), Unitarian minister, 'The Rising Faith'

7 "By one's thought, will and action one determines what one is yet to be." S. Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), Oriental philosopher, President of India from 1962-1967, 'An Idealist View of Life'

8 "The life in everything – animals, plants, even drops of water and specks of dust – will one day reach Buddhahood, the Buddha nature being Potential in all." Editors

9 "There dwells in the heart of every creature the Master who by his magic power causes all things and creatures to revolve mounted upon the universal wheel of time. Take sanctuary with him with all thy soul." Krishna, 'The Bhagavad Gita'

10 "Philosophically viewed, the whirling wheel and its ever motionless center can be a potent symbol of the human struggle toward insight and harmony…..Only in the still center of the imperishable Self is true perspective apparently achieved."

11 "The soul is an emanation of the Divinity, a part of the soul of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American philosopher and essayist, Journals for 1830

12 "The Soul is immortal and fearless. The Soul is the fearless Eternal." The Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

13 "Our Essence of Mind (literally, self-nature) which is the seed or kernel of enlightenment is pure by nature." Hui Neng (6th Zen patriarch, 6th century ad)

14 "The virtues we acquire, which develop slowly within us, are the invisible links that bind each one of our existences to the others." Honore de Balzac, 'Seraphita'

15 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors

16 "The dreams of ancient and modern man are written in the same language as the myths whose authors lived in the dawn of history…symbolic language is the one foreign language that each of us must learn. Its understanding brings us in touch with one of the most significant sources of wisdom, that of the myth, and it brings us in touch with the deeper layers of our own personalities….Indeed, both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves." Erich Fromm, 'The Forgotten Language'

17 "Virgin birth, infant god, the holy one violently killed, yet resurrected – these are repeated themes in the history of world religions…These repetitions are reinforcing examples of the universal religious impulse and of the way man seeks to represent the cycle of death and rebirth that runs through all of nature." Bradford Smith, Columbia University professor

18 "I look upon death to be as necessary to the constitution as sleep. We shall rise refreshed in the morning." Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, scientist and philosopher, letter to a friend

19 "The being lives on, spectator of all the innumerable changes of environment. Starting from the great All, radiating like a spark from the central fire, he gathers experience in all ages, under all rulers, civilizations and customs, ever engaged in a pilgrimage to the shrine from which he came." W. Q. Judge, 'Echoes From the Orient'

20 "There may indeed be a 'mythopoeic mentality,' but it is not restricted to precivilized man, but is to be found in geniuses as different as Boehme, Kepler, Blake, Yeats, Wagner, Heisenberg…Myth is not an early level of human development, but an imaginative description of reality in which the known is related to the unknown through a system of correspondences in which mind and matter, self, society, and cosmos are integrally expressed in an esoteric language of poetry and number." William Irwin Thompson, 'At The Edge of History'

21 "The soul has a principle of its own leading to the realm of Intelligence…joining it to that which IS, even to the divine nature." Iamblichus (ca. 250-330), Greek philosopher, 'The Egyptian Mysteries'

22 "Spiritual knowledge and spiritual freedom are born as one." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist, 'The Self in Transformation'

23 "Everything goes, everything returns; eternally rolls the wheel of existence. Everything dies, everything blossoms forth again; eternally runs on the year of existence." Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, 'Thus Spake Zarathustra'

24 "Know of a truth that only the Time-shadows have perished, or are perishable; that the real Being of whatever was, and whatever is, and whatever will be, IS even now and forever." Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist and historian

25 "The resources of wisdom are hidden in the depths of the human being." Ira Progoff (b. 1921), American psychologist, 'The Symbolic and the Real'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite