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Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing Through Spiritual Illusions
Frances Vaughan, Ph.D.

1 "The sole purpose and goal for human life, the supreme ideal of which all other ideals are simply an expression, is to cultivate love….There is no boundary whatsoever to pure love – it embraces humanity and Divinity equally. In this most intense love, no sense of duality can remain." Ramakrishna

2 "The purpose of life on earth is to come to unitive knowledge of the Divine Ground."

3 "The kingdom of heaven that can be found within is a state of BEING IN LOVE, and this state of mind can be discovered by anyone who truly wants it."

4 "When you go around the Earth in an hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. That makes a change….From where you see it, the thing is a whole, and it's so beautiful." Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut

5 "Love activates self-knowledge and expands the inner world."

6 "By turning to the source of intuitive wisdom that can be found in the depths of the soul, we can discover a universal source of inspiration and renewal."

7 "Esoteric wisdom teaches that death is not an end, but a transformation, and that death is followed by rebirth."

8 "Love as a universal experience that illuminates the spiritual path is a source of healing and guidance at every step along the way. By clearing away the blocks to our awareness of love's presence we reawaken to its original blessing."

9 "If I put a person on a pedestal, I feel separated and somehow less than him or her. Likewise, if I look down on someone, for whatever reason, I separate myself. It is possible to see others on the same level, not looking up or down. When I do this I can see others as equally valuable parts of the whole fabric of reality of which we are all a tiny part."

10 "Wisdom knows that behind the Many is the One." Ken Wilber, 'Sex, Ecology and Spirituality'

11 "The great mystics such as Shankara, Plato and Augustine used the term 'archetype' to designate the first subtle forms that appear as the world manifests out of unmanifest Spirit. They are the fundamental patterns upon which all patterns of manifestation are based. The Greek term, 'arche typon', meant original pattern. These subtle, transcendental forms, then, are the first forms of manifestation."

12 "Compassion sees the One in the many. Wisdom sees the many as One."

13 "Oh, grant me my prayer that I may never lose the bliss of the touch of the one in the play of the many." Rabindranath Tagore, 'Gitanjali'

14 "Remember love is everpresent, here, now and always. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self."

15 "As one goes further and further on the path of truth, the freedom becomes greater at every step." Hazrat Inayat Khan, Omega Institute Newsletter, 1985

16 "The circle is a symbol of wholeness, totality and individuation."

17 "Buddhahood is equally ever-present in the hearts of all sentient beings as their potential for the realization of liberation and enlightenment." Namakai Norbu, 'The Cycle of Day and Night'

18 "Ancient spiritual teachings say that wherever there is other, there is fear."

19 "The divinity permeates existence."

20 "As our soul contemplates its Archetype, so that Archetype in turn contemplates the One, which is its Source." Plotinus

21 "Unity consciousness is not a future state which results from some practice….for unity consciousness is present eternally." Ken Wilber, 'No Boundary'

22 "The phenomenal world of matter and individualized consciousness is the manifestation of a Divine Ground within which all creatures and partial realities have their being and apart from which they would not exist.'

23 "You have only to wake up to who and what you are to discover that Spirit, as the ground of being, is always present wherever you are, whether you know it or not."

24 "Love expressed as altruism is found in all cultures, not only in social service and philanthropy, but among parents, teachers, healers, mentors, friends and lovers of all persuasions."

25 "The soul comes to rest only in its true home, the Source of love."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite