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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "The one who is wise by love rises above all petty differences, and sees all drawing their life from the one source, all as part of his family."

2 "Strength and calm and wisdom come to those who behold with opened eyes the glory of the Good Law."

3 "The One underlies all the diversities of external nature."

4 "Light everywhere meets with light; since everything contains all things in itself and again sees all things in another. So that all things are everywhere and all is all. Each thing likewise is everything." Plotinus, quoted in G. R. S. Mead's introduction to Taylor's 'Plotinus'

5 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence."

6 "Pure love brought the universe into being, pure love maintains it, pure love draws it upwards towards perfection, towards bliss."

7 "A survey of the great religions of the world shows that they hold in common many religious, ethical, and philosophical ideas." Annie Besant, 'The Ancient Wisdom', Theosophical Publishing House 1983, p. 2

8 "Nothing can exist in which the Deity is not immanent…the Soul is present in the divine Idea."

9 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force."

10 "The Self is a living beam of the one Light and Life of the universe."

11 "Man is a dignified, immortal being, evolving towards a divinely glorious end."

12 "The human soul is the image of the Universal Mind."

13 "One nourishes many sides, thus All is One." The Zohar, Isaac Myer's translation

14 "Those who learn the truth about their own nature become free."

15 "Man in his inner Self is one with the Self of the universe."

16 "As a magnet has its magnetic field, an area within which all its forces play, larger or smaller according to its strength, so has every man a field of influence within which play the forces he emits, and these forces work in curves that return to their forthsender, that re-enter the centre whence they emerged."

17 "The life of the Logos abiding in each form is its central, controlling, and directing energy."

18 "Until man has found the real Self, his own unreality makes him subject to illusions."

19 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood."

20 "Life is one, it streams out perpetually as the free outpouring of the love of the Logos."

21 "Nothing is real but the one Life that we seek for and love unconsciously under its many veils."

22 "God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him."

23 "All are One and are knotted in One, nor are they separated one from another." The Zohar

24 "The One Self is in all."

25 "The eternal Existence is proclaimed in the Chhandogyopanishad as 'One only, without a second.'"

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite