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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Cranston/Head, editors

1 "All our actions should originate from the spring of unselfish love." Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet, 'Die Bader von Lucca', ch. 17

2 "The philosophers of the future will, I think, allow to the self its unique status, its standing as a factor, a primary factor and an organising factor in the universal whole."

3 "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

4 "One earns a vision by living it, not merely thinking about it." Herbert Fingarette (b. 1921), American philosopher and psychologist, 'The Self in Transformation'

5 "Within the soul is a spark of the Itongo, the Universal Spirit." Mankanyezi, Zulu Wise Man

6 "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

7 "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

8 "Pythagoras and the Pythagoreans never doubted that we had souls drafted from the universal Divine intelligence." Cicero (106-43 bce), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'

9 "I hold – in view of the rapid movement of the soul, its vivid memory of the past and its prophetic knowledge of the future, its many accomplishments, its vast range of knowledge, its numerous discoveries – that a nature embracing such varied gifts cannot itself be mortal." Cicero (106-43 bc), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'

10 "Not only souls but animals also are ingenerable and imperishable; they are only developed, enveloped, reclad, stripped, transformed; souls never leave the whole of their body, and do not pass from one body to another which is entirely new to them." Leibniz (1646-1716), German philosopher and mathematician, 'Principles of Nature'

11 "The soul of man is immortal…is never destroyed." Plato, 'Meno'

12 "Cosmic law will help us to become all that we can possibly wish to be." Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), Author, teacher, 'Exotics and Retrospectives'

13 "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'

14 "From infancy every forgotten day and hour has added to our experiences, to our growth and capacity, made its contribution to the mind and soul." W. Macneile Dixon

15 "So closely are all human ideals associated with futurity that, in the absence of the faith that man is an immortal being, it seems doubtful whether they could ever have come to birth. In the further depths of our being, we are secretly conscious of our share in the inexhaustible spring of eternity, so that we can always hope to find life in it again….This belief seems, indeed, to be in accordance with nature's own favorite way of thought, of which she so insistently reminds us, in her rhythms and recurrences, her cycles and revolving seasons." W. Macneile Dixon

16 "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

17 "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'

18 "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'

19 "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

20 "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'

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

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

23 "We have in our experience a perception that we are eternal…we perceive that our mind is eternal, and that this its existence cannot be defined by time or interpreted by duration." Baruch Spinoza, (1632-1677), Dutch philosopher, 'Ethics', Book V, Proposition 23

24 "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'

25 "The divine perfection of the individual soul is the aim of all progression." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher and poet

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