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The Inner Life
Charles W. Leadbeater
This book is a Theosophical classic which intuitively describes our psycho/spiritual Nature.

1 "There is a Great One…who works for the good of the world."

2 "What we have hitherto supposed to be our consciousness, our intellect, is simply not ours at all, but God's; not even a reflection of God's but literally and truly a part of the Divine Consciousness."

3 "According to occult (esoteric) philosophy, all of nature – including humanity – is evolving according to a grand design. The ancient Greeks held the idea of teleology, a purposed end that controls the course of events….Sir Alister Hardy and L. L. Whyte, among others, suggest that internal factors in organisms, that it – life itself – plays an important part in guiding evolution. Goal-directedness and purposiveness are obvious throughout the world of life." Shirley Nicholson, introduction

4 "There is a consciousness wide enough to comprehend all, which never fails in its response to any earnest effort in the direction of an increased spirituality."

5 "God is within you, and God cannot fail."

6 "Even in its very worst and lowest aspects the world is improving."

7 "We are all parts of the Logos, and our wills are part of his."

8 "He [Buddha] declared that in spite of all the sorrow and misery of the world, the great scheme of which man is a part is a scheme of eternal justice, and that the law under which we are living is a good law, and needs only that we should understand it and adapt ourselves to it."

9 "Every point is equally the center of a circle whose radius is infinite."

10 "The only way of casting off the fetter of doubt is by knowledge and intelligent comprehension."

11 "The universe is an inseparable web whose interconnections are dynamic." Shirley Nicholson, introduction

12 "The whole force of the universe is pressing upwards towards unity, and the person who is willing to make his life an intelligent cooperation with nature gains an ever-increasing perception of the reality of this unity."

13 "Even I myself am God, so all others, too, are God, and in truth there is nothing but God."

14 "If we are actively helping in the progress of all, we are living in God's will, which penetrates nature, and this is felt by nature at once."

15 "That consciousness, wide as the sea, with 'its centre everywhere and its circumference nowhere', is a great and glorious FACT."

16 "The Supreme Self (is) in everything and everything in It….the Self is endeavoring to express itself through the form. One method of practice for this is to try to identify your consciousness with that of various creatures, such as a fly, an ant, or a tree. Try to see and feel things as they see and feel them, until as you pass inwards all consciousness of the tree or the insect falls away, and the life of the Logos appears."

17 "There is plenty of good in the world, and it is better to think of that, for your thought strengthens that of which you think."

18 "The will of the Logos is humanity's evolution. In our blindness we may for a time resist Him, but to Him time is naught, and if we cannot see today, He waits patiently until tomorrow, but always in the end His will is done."

19 "All evolution came forth from the Divine, and we ourselves are sparks of the Divine flame."

20 "Realize that you are a god in the making. All the power and force of the universe are on your side. The result is certain."

21 "The will of the Logos is man's evolution. In our blindness we may for a time resist Him, but to Him time is naught, and if we cannot see today He waits patiently till tomorrow, but always in the end His will is done."

22 "The brotherhood of man is a fact in nature."

23 "The devotion of the truly unselfish person moves in an open curve, and though some of its effects inevitably react upon the sender, the noblest part of its force ascends to the Logos Itself, and the response, the magnificent response of benediction which instantly pours forth, falls into a reservoir for the helping of humanity. So it is within the power of every one of us, even the weakest and the poorest, to help the world in this most beautiful manner."

24 "The Will of the Logos is infinitely stronger than any human will, and not even the utmost exertion of perverse ingenuity can possibly prevail against Him."

25 "When we understand the underlying unity of all we cannot be otherwise than helpful, we cannot stand aside from our brother's sorrow."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite