The Glorious Presence Ernest E. Wood An explanation of the Vedanta Philosophy, including Shankara's Ode to the South-facing Form.
"One thing is sure – all is one; the world, mind and all."
"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."
"There is an entelechy or active operation of form-building in Nature, and therefore a teleological purpose or design showing progress in Nature."
"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."
"Every little thing can be a gateway to infinity."
"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."
"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."
"Being IS unity."
"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."
"The One Reality can be known by exploring the I, the self – the true, not the false self."
"I see that when souls reach a certain clearness of perfection, they accept a knowledge and motive above selfishness." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"A man does not understand anything unless he loves it." Goethe
"In that fullness of unity the whole is fully present in the part."
"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."
"The whole universe is in a flow of universal in-fluence in which everything is in some degree potent in everything else."
"The Vedanta Philosophy has as its basis the belief that the universe of our experience is only one reality and it can be known."
"There is something marvellous in the power within a seed, and when that seed is the human soul, containing the powers of will, thought and love, no one should dare to measure its possibilities by an undeveloped imagination…it is for him to be his own gardener, to understand his own destiny, and to make his circumstances assist him in its swift achievement."
"The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are."
"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
"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."
"The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom."
"Everything depends upon everything else, and, in fact, IS everything else as well as itself."
"Everything that occurs is worthy of our most appreciative attention, since it is in some way Brahman."
"Being is one, though named variously."
"That the whole world is constituted of the One Reality is one of the essential principles of Vedantic thought."