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Theosophy, A Modern Expression of the Wisdom of the Ages
Robert Ellwood
Dr. Robert Ellwood is Bashford Professor of Oriental Studies in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. In this book, he gives a theosophical overview of creation, as well as a Theosophical interpretation of the Oneness of all life.

1 “The universe is a mirror in which the Absolute – God, if you wish – knows itself.”

2 "Behind the symbols and languages of the world's manifold religions lies a common pattern of pointers to ultimate truth."

3 “Despite the trials and frustrations of the passing day, our lives are parts of something tremendously grand and joyous.”

4 "One can no more know oneself or the oneness of all things without knowing the anguish of myriads who are part of that web of life, and responding to their anguish as though to one's own, than one could act in a play and ignore all the other actors in their parts."

5 "Changes are not random or purposeless, for they are all under the One Law which runs through all that is."

6 “In their divine essence all humans are equal.”

7 “To know the Buddha is to know that all sentient beings are buddhas; to love Christ is to see Christ in all.”

8 "The universe is a great concourse of interconnected being, larger and smaller, inner and outer."

9 "Symbol is a very important word in the world's religious and spiritual traditions. The word literally means in Greek 'falls with', suggesting something which bears with it more than itself…..to interact with a symbol, in other words, is to interact with more than the thing itself; it also brings one in touch with another reality."

10 "Plotinus and the Neoplatonic tradition saw the universe as a chain of being extending from the One, and the One was not only supreme ineffable Reality but also supreme Beauty known in ecstasy."

11 "A human being can never truly exist singly. On overt or subtle levels, he is linked to the destiny of the human race as a whole."

12 "One infinite… Reality underlies and unites all that is or can ever be."

13 “Love is action based on recognition of the oneness of my life with another’s, that what the other suffers I must suffer, and that what I do for the other I do for myself, since our lives are bound together and share in the same divine nature.”

14 "All persons have a common origin, and each has a unique role to play in human history and human life; all equally have lessons to learn. On the other hand, each has lessons to teach."

15 “The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.”

16 "Compassion and service are the ethical expression of Unity, awarness of the illusive nature of all that seems to separate and differentiate."

17 “We humans are miniatures or microcosms of God.”

18 "Oneness of the universe is more fundamental than its diversity, so what is most widespread and most expresses unity among the spiritual and philosophical traditions of the Earth is most true."

19 "Love is no more and no less than the ethical expression of oneness."

20 "Whatever we do of creativity or love is inspired however unconsciously by the divine within."

21 "Behind all religion lies the selfsame reality, the primal awareness of the divine Ground of being."

22 "The universe is like a magic hall of mirrors in which the reality of each entity, each Pilgrim, depends on the way he reflects all the other mirrors from a particular angle."

23 “The fact that all persons are eternal Pilgrims and expressions of the divine within justifies the importance for the equal treatment of all regardless of race, sex, or creed.”

24 "The atom, the molecule, the cell, the body, the community, the planet, the solar system – all are in intimate and necessary relation to each other….The greater could not exist without the smaller, nor the smaller without the larger system that shapes it."

25 “The unity of the universe is its most basic reality.”

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite