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The Atman Project
Ken Wilber
A transpersonal view of human development, with a profound and lucid insight into our nature and destiny.

1 "Venerable Ones, get to know the One who plays with these shadows. He is the original source of all the Buddhas. Knowing him, wherever you are is home." Zen Master Rinzai

2 "Each successive stage achieves a higher-order unity, and this continues until there is ONLY Unity."

3 "At its peak, the soul becomes one, literally one, with the deity-form, with the dhyani-Buddha, with God. One dissolves into Deity, as Deity – that Deity which, from the beginning, has been one's own Self or highest Archetype. In this way only could St. Clement say that he who knows himself knows God." 69

4 "Evolution consists of a series of ever-higher wholes until there is only Wholeness. Evolution is holistic because it is nature's remembrance of God."

5 "Psychological development in humans has the same goal as natural evolution: the production of ever-higher unities. And since the ultimate Unity is Buddha, God, or Atman (to use those terms in their broadest sense as 'ultimate reality'), it follows that psychological growth aims at Atman."

6 "'Anima Naturaliter Christiana', said Tertullian, by which he meant that 'the soul is endowed from the outset with the knowledge of God."

7 "Every individual – every sentient being – constantly intuits that his prior Nature IS the infinite and eternal, All and Whole."

8 "Be only love in all conditions."

9 "Wholeness, according to the perennial psychology, is WHAT is real and ALL that is real. A radically separate, isolated and bounded entity does not exist anywhere. There are no seams in the world, in things, in people or in God."

10 "Wherever there is other, there is fear." The Upanishads

11 "The ultimate psychology is a psychology of fundamental Wholeness, or the superconscious All."

12 "From the very beginning, all creatures intuit God. From the start, men and women intuit their prior Atman nature, and this acts like a huge unconscious magnet, so to speak, drawing them onward and upward toward that perfect release in the superconscious All."

13 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One."

14 "Infinite, all-pervading and all-embracing Consciousness is both One and Many, Only and All, Source and Suchness, Cause and Condition, such that all things are only a gesture of this One, and all forms a play upon it. As Infinity, it demands wonder; as God, it demands worship; as Truth, it demands wisdom; and as one's true Self it demands identity."

15 "As Aristotle put it, when all potential has been actualized, the result is God."

16 "Every conscious being, precisely as he or she is, is a perfect embodiment and expression of the Ultimate. What every individual is, before he is anything else, is the Dharmakaya – the Body of very Truth."

17 "Everywhere we look in nature, said the philosopher Jan Smuts, we see nothing but wholes. And not just simple wholes, but hierarchical ones: each whole is a part of a larger whole which is itself a part of a larger whole. Fields within fields within fields, stretching through the cosmos, interlacing each and every thing with each and every other."

18 "Evolution continues until there is only Unity, ultimate in all directions."

19 "Each stage of psychological growth is a step closer to God."

20 "Just as your eye can take in or see all four corners of this page in a single glance, so the eye of Eternity sees all time in one Moment. All of eternity is in every point of time, so that all time is Present in Eternity."

21 "Evolution – wherever it appears – manifests itself as a series of transcendences, of ascents, of emergences – and emergences of higher-order WHOLES."

22 "This entire movement of evolution simply continues from unity to unity until there is only Unity."

23 "The eternal present underlies and embraces all duration."

24 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole."

25 "At the beginning of THIS and every moment, each individual IS God as the Clear Light."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite