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.
"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."
"The universe is a great concourse of interconnected being, larger and smaller, inner and outer."
"Behind all religion lies the selfsame reality, the primal awareness of the divine Ground of being."
"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."
“The unity of the universe is its most basic reality.”
"Behind the symbols and languages of the world's manifold religions lies a common pattern of pointers to ultimate truth."
“Despite the trials and frustrations of the passing day, our lives are parts of something tremendously grand and joyous.”
“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.”
“All jobs provide opportunity to spread good will among fellow-workers and those one meets by a friendly smile and a helping hand.”
"Growth involves inward transformation and living in accordance with the spirit of the oneness of all being that the truth implies."
"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."
“A core of truth lies in all religions.”
“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.”
"The ultimate unity of all reality and the interaction of all entities with larger environments in spatial and temporal webs, and the inseparability of consciousness from the universe's manifestations, can be arrived at on quite rational grounds and require no 'mystical' modes of knowing."
"All we do in the way of selfless compassion and service will bring as its logical consequence enhanced experience of the basic Oneness through enhanced awareness….Here is at work the paradoxical but crucial truth inculcated by all spiritual masters, that he who gives up his life for the sake of higher things will find it, and find it a hundredfold."
"Changes are not random or purposeless, for they are all under the One Law which runs through all that is."
"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."
“The One is the underlying reality beneath the infinite variations.”
“In their divine essence all humans are equal.”
"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."
"Love is no more and no less than the ethical expression of oneness."
"An infinite divine reality – call it Brahman, God, or the One – underlies all that is and is the ultimate nature of all that is; we humans, as part of it, have an infinite origin and destiny; and these things can be known through wisdom, for they are our heritage and our very selves."
"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."
“Everything we can do for good, however tiny, will not be lost.”
“The universe is a mirror in which the Absolute – God, if you wish – knows itself.”