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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 "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."

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

4 "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."

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

6 "Love is a kind of knowledge, an awareness of other lives. With it we begin to live in others, and cannot ignore the wounded bird or the lost child."

7 "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

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

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

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

11 "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."

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

13 "A breath of Will blows eternally through the universe of souls in the direction of the Right and Necessary. It is the air which all intellects inhale and exhale, and it is the wind which blows the world into order and orbit." Ralph Waldo Emerson

14 "I see that when souls reach a certain clearness of perfection, they accept a knowledge and motive above selfishness." Ralph Waldo Emerson

15 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one."

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

17 "We are brothers; sons of one sweet mother."

18 "My I and every I is that one I, the Glorious Presence….the mystery of mysteries, the joy of joys, the presence of all in each…variety mysteriously governed by unity. This is the principle of the whole – the ultimate self-existent power – which governs evolution from within."

19 "There is no complete error, no complete ignorance – ever. In the world what resists us helps us, as the ground which obstructs our feet, but is necessary in walking. There is no escape from the self."

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

21 "The Vedanta Philosophy has as its basis the belief that the universe of our experience is only one reality and it can be known."

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

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

24 "Being is one, though named variously."

25 "The whole reflects into every part."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite