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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Cranston/Head, editors

1 "Look inward: thou art Buddha." H. P. Blavatsky, 'The Voice of the Silence'

2 "All things are but altered, nothing dies." Ovid (43 bce – 17 ad), Roman Poet, 'Metamorphoses', Book 15

3 "This is to be understood by the heart: there is no separateness at all." The Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

4 "The soul is not extinguished by its own proper death, but..it will be restored to the light of perennial life, and will return to its pristine integrity and perfection." Macrobius (4th – 5th century), Roman Neoplatonist, 'Commentary on the Dream of Scipio'

5 "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

6 "It is in love, and in nothing else, that we find not only the supreme value of life, but also the supreme reality of life, and indeed, of the universe." John Ellis McTaggart (1866-1925), British philosopher, 'Human Immortality and Pre-Existence'

7 "As long as any one injures another, though he should possess the greatest wealth, and all the acres of land which the earth contains, he is still poor." Porphyry (233-304), Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher, 'De Abstinentia'

8 "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

9 "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'

10 "Our soul, that is, the personality behind our mind, is born with a true knowledge of fundamental realities. This knowledge is in a subconscious form, but by intellectual efforts, stimulated and aided by observations, we can bring it up to the level of consciousness." Gustav Stromberg (1882-1962), Swedish-American astronomer and physicist, 'The Searchers'

11 "Yes, a divine instinct that always grows in light and strength helps us to comprehend that nothing in the whole world wholly dies." George Sand (1803-1876), French author

12 "Behind the many guises of truth there is ONE truth." Martin James, 'Art News', 1957

13 "Deity and the cosmos may be likened to a circle or sphere whose circumference is nowhere – hence boundless – but those center is everywhere. And each monad is such a divine, immortal, preexistent center." Editors

14 "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'

15 "Learned Audience, the Wisdom of Enlightenment is inherent in every one of us." Hui Neng (6th patriarch of Zen, 6th century ad),

16 "The principles of the successive phases of Spirit are themselves only steps in the development of one universal Spirit." G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831), German philosopher

17 "Then everything becomes one, all individualities are merged into one, yet each knowing itself, a mysterious teaching indeed. But then, that which to us now is non-conscious or the unconscious, will then be absolute consciousness." H. B. Blavatsky, 'Transactions of the Blavatsky Lodge'

18 "Man is the dialogue between nature and God." J. W. von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet

19 "Do you know who you are? One's whole being is Buddha-nature. One's whole being is the Great Way…Mind is the essential substance of all Buddhas." Bassui Tokusho (1327-1387), letter to a man from Kumasaka

20 "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'

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

22 "It is not really the ears or eyes that hear or see…The sense-organs are instruments the Self uses for Itself….The Self is here right before us in full revelation." D. T. Suzuki, 'Self the Unattainable'

23 "By whatever name religion may be known, its understanding and practice are the essence of a peaceful mind and therefore of a peaceful world. If there is no peace in one's mind, there can be no peace in one's approach to others, and thus no peaceful relations between individuals or between nations." The Dalai Lama, 'My Land and My People'

24 "Never during its pilgrimage is the spirit of man completely adrift and alone. From start to finish its nucleus is the Atman – the self-luminous abiding point, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute, the only reality." Huston Smith, 'Karma, Rebirth and Freewill'

25 "Our soul, partaking of the divine nature, remains immortal and eternal." George Gemistus (1355-1450), Byzantine philosopher

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite