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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "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'

2 "This Self is the One, and hence is spoken of as the Monad, and this Monad is the outbreathed life of the Logos, containing within itself germinally, or in a state of latency, all the divine powers and attributes."

3 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them."

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

5 "It is infolded Deity that is the guarantee of humanity's final triumph; this is the hidden motive power that makes evolution at once possible and inevitable, the upward-lifting force that slowly overcomes every obstacle and every difficulty."

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

7 "To those who are good to me I am good; and to those who are not good to me I am also good; and thus all get to be good." Tao The Ching

8 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time."

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

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

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

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

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

14 "The Founders of the great religions are members of the one Brotherhood."

15 "The One Self is in all."

16 "The one Breath of the whole universe, I know that mighty Spirit, the shining sun beyond the darkness….I know Him the unfading, the ancient, the Soul of all, omnipresent by His nature." Shvetash-vataropanishad, iii, 8, 21

17 "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

18 "The great doctors of the Catholic Church always posit the unfathomable Deity, incomprehensible, infinite, and therefore necessarily but One and partless."

19 "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."

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

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

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

23 "Symbolically, in the infinite ocean of light, with centre everywhere and with circumference nowhere, there arises a full-orbed sphere of living light, a Logos, and the surface of the sphere is His will to limit Himself that He may become manifest, His veil in which He incloses Himself that within it a universe may take form."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite