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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 "The soul is ever immortal, and is a portion of the divinity that inhabits our bodies." Flavius Josephus (1st century Jewish historian), 'The Jewish War'

3 "The immortal Self is a ray or emanation of the Universal Self." Editors

4 "While I study to find how I am a Microcosm, or little World, I find myself something more than the great. There is surely a piece of Divinity in us, something that was before the Elements." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician and author, 'Religio Medici'

5 "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'

6 "The ringing challenge of the Delphic Oracle has resounded through the centuries: MAN, KNOW THYSELF!"

7 "The Stoics [ancient Greek philosophers] held man to be a microcosm who reproduces in his being the constitution of the universe." Editors

8 "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'

9 "Deity is the One Universal SELF." Editors

10 "This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven. And I said to my spirit, When we become the enfolders of those orbs, and the pleasure and knowledge of everything in them, shall we be filled and satisfied then? And my spirit said, No, we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond." Walt Whitman, 'Leaves of Grass'

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

12 "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'

13 "If you seek for man in his dead body, you are seeking for him in vain…The form may be destroyed: but the spirit remains and is living, for it is the subjective life." Paracelsus (1493-1541), Swiss physician and alchemist, 'The Life of Phillupus Theophrastus Bombast of Hohenheim'

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

15 "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'

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

17 "Somehow or other, things do eventually 'balance out' in the moral realm; each moral action produces, eventually, its quite specific moral reaction." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist', 'The Self in Transformation'

18 "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'

19 "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

20 "Leibniz held with Bruno that each monadic center – whether an atom, a man, or a sun – is a mirror and replica of the entire cosmos, as well as the moving power in evolution." Editors

21 "All Spirits were created blameless, all must at last return to their original perfection." Rev. William R. Inge, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Gifford Lectures

22 "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)

23 "By birth and growth the spirit-architect expands into this mass of which we consist, spreading outwards from the heart. Thither again it withdraws, winding up the threads of its web, returning by the same path along which it advanced, passed out by the same gate through which it entered. Birth is expansion of the center….death contraction to the center. It is the soul that gathers about it, groups and vivifies the atom-mass." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher and poet, quoted in J. Lewis McIntyre's 'Giordano Bruno', Macmillan, 1903

24 "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'

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

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