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The Glorious Presence
Ernest E. Wood
An explanation of the Vedanta Philosophy, including Shankara's Ode to the South-facing Form.

1 "Knowledge depends principally on a mental act of unity. The advance of knowledge is the discovery of unity."

2 "Every little thing can be a gateway to infinity."

3 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One."

4 "Greece, Rome, Chaldea, Peru, Egypt and all live now in us. Their material triumphs have turned to dust, their old languages are dead, but the gain of character that was achieved by those ancient labors is ours now and forever."

5 "The earth is honey for all beings; all beings are honey for the earth also -…It is the self, the immortal, Brahman, all. Just as all the spokes of a cartwheel are fixed in the nave and the circumference, so are all beings fitted in the self, which is without before or after, or inside or outside, the knower of all." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, II, 5

6 "Everything is in intimate touch with other things….with no empty space between. This is a dance in which the partners are holding each other closely."

7 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are."

8 "The aim is direct knowledge of the One Reality, and the process begins with the hearing of testimony, goes on to reasoning, and ends with direct vision of the truth of the statement or experience being pondered on."

9 "Being is one, though named variously."

10 "The whole universe is in a flow of universal in-fluence in which everything is in some degree potent in everything else."

11 "Man CAN KNOW that one reality – men have known it in the past and can do so now."

12 "The three mental steps towards knowledge of the One Reality are: 1. Listening, 2. Reflecting, 3. Contemplating. Listening means paying attention to the statements of the Scriptures with reference to the One Reality, and also to the words of seers and sages on the subject."

13 "From the unreal to the real is not from one thing to another, but from the complexity of duality and multiplicity to the simplicity of unity."

14 "A man does not understand anything unless he loves it." Goethe

15 "One thing is sure – all is one; the world, mind and all."

16 "Being IS unity."

17 "The One Reality can be known by exploring the I, the self – the true, not the false self."

18 "Things are not independent, clear-cut, definite-boundaried objects….Each one is what it is because there is a principle of oneness which is the essential cause and basis of all. Each is in some way all. That is the nature of being. Nothing IS that is not essentially all."

19 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature."

20 "The whole reflects into every part."

21 "Everything that occurs is worthy of our most appreciative attention, since it is in some way Brahman."

22 "Somehow everything is Brahman. We have constantly to remind ourselves of this piece of knowledge and then we shall value our present experience."

23 "That the whole world is constituted of the One Reality is one of the essential principles of Vedantic thought."

24 "Anyone who is intent upon knowing the One Reality finds the One Reality everywhere."

25 "There is an entelechy or active operation of form-building in Nature, and therefore a teleological purpose or design showing progress in Nature."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite