The Secret Teachings of All Ages Manly P. Hall Huston Smith says that this classic is "a masterful summation of the esoteric teachings of the ages". And Edgar Mitchell, the Apollo astronaut, says "it will guide historians, philosophers, and lay seekers of esoteric wisdom for centuries."
"The ancients believed that the theory of humanity's being made in the image of God was to be understood literally. They maintained that the universe was a great organism not unlike the human body, and that every phase and function of the Universal Body had a correspondence in humanity."
"Within the divine, incorporeal, and eternal sphere are included all the lower manifestations of life – all that is, has been, or ever shall be. Within the Kosmic Intellect all things spiritual or material exist as archetypes, or divine thought-forms."
"The power to think true is the savior of humanity. The mythological and historical Redeemers of every age were all personifications of that power."
"The God of Pythagoras was the Monad, or the One that is Everything. He described God as the Supreme Mind distributed throughout all parts of the universe – the Cause of all things, the Intelligence of all things, and the Power within all things."
“To the Gnostics, the Christ was the personification of the Divine Mind.”
"All is in God and God is in all; all is in all and each is in each."
"This world is but the shadow of God….All that is in the invisible archetypal sphere is revealed in the sensible corporeal world by the light of Nature."
"This little earth is bathed as of old in the sunlight of its Providential Generator….God continues to love and guide the destinies of His creation."
"The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all people welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by humanity has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of humanity upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach us to be born well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band – those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility – the philosophers of the ages invite you."
"Alchemy teaches that God is in everything; that He is One Universal Spirit, manifesting through an infinity of forms."
"The trend of man's evolutionary growth is ever toward his own essential Selfhood."
"Forms are the symbols of formless divine principles; symbolism is the language of Nature. With reverence the wise pierce the veil and with clear vision contemplate the reality."
"Everything which exists has a spirit – the seed of Divinity within itself."
"In the theology of the Egyptians, goodness takes precedence and all things partake of its nature. Goodness is sought by all. It is the Prime Cause of causes. Goodness is self-diffused and hence exists in all things."
"Within the nature of man is reflected the entire universe in miniature."
"Every visible object, every abstract thought, every emotional reaction is but the symbol of an eternal principle."
"The invisible nature of man is as vast as his comprehension and as measureless as his thoughts. The fingers of his mind reach out and grasp the stars; his spirit mingles with the throbbing life of Cosmos itself."
"Every existing creature manifests some aspect of the intelligence or power of the Eternal One."
"The human body is the Little House made in the image of the Great Universal House. 'Know ye not', asked the Apostle Paul, 'that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?'"
“Through reason man is enabled to elevate himself above the illusionary world of the senses and find eternal repose in perfect union with the Divine Essence.”
"God writes His will upon the face of celestial and terrestrial Nature. With this language we read God's will for all His creatures."
"The sum of all things being the Good, it is natural that all things should partake of the Good and be arranged in combinations that are harmonious. Harmony is the manifesting expression of the Will of the eternal Good."
"Pythagoras taught that both man and the universe were made in the image of God."
"Man's nature – consisting of his physical organism, his emotional nature, and his mental faculties – reflects the light of his Divinity and bears witness of It in the physical world."
"God is the 'within' and the 'without' of all things."