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The Essential Mystics
Andrew Harvey

1 "The Spirit filled all with his radiance. He is incorporeal and invulnerable, pure and untouched by evil. He is the supreme seer and thinker, immanent and transcendent. He placed all things in the path of Eternity." Isa Upanishad

2 "The Lord dwells in the hearts of all creatures, and he whirls them round on the wheel of time. Run to him for refuge with all your strength and peace profound will be yours through his grace." Bhagavad Gita

3 "'This is myself and this is another.' – Be free of this bond which encompasses you about, and your own self is thereby released." Saraha, 9th century Buddhist monk and poet

4 "Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements. By devotion to this divine spirit within himself, he attains an unsullied innocence that leads him to do right with instinctive sureness." I Ching, Hexagram 25

5 "I see with eyes open and smile, and behold His beauty everywhere: I utter His Name, and whatever I see, it reminds me of Him; whatever I do, it becomes His worship. The rising and the setting are one to me; all contraditions are solved." Kabir (1440-1518), Indian mystic poet

6 "Love, the Supreme Musician, is always playing in our souls." Rumi

7 "We are parts of a whole, elements in an universal harmony." Bede Griffiths

8 "There is only one longing this poet's soul declares over and over: 'Mother! Mother! Mother! May every moment of my existence merge completely with your essence.'" Ramprasad, 18th century Bengali mystic

9 "Creation is the extension of God. Creation is God encountered in time and space. Creation is the infinite in the garb of the finite. To attend to creation is to attend to God. To attend to the moment is to attend to eternity. To attend to the part is to attend to the whole." 'Pirke Avot', 6:2 (Rabbinic sayings, ca. 250-275),

10 "Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. Better still is surrender in love, because there follows immediate peace." Bhagavad Gita

11 "When you are filled with compassion, there is no self to oppose another and no other to stand against oneself." Pirke Avot 2:4 (Rabbinic sayings, 250-275)

12 "Even as a mother watches over and protects her child, her only child, so with a boundless mind should one cherish all living beings, radiating friendliness over the entire world, above, below, and all around without limit. So let everyone cultivate a boundless good will toward the entire world, uncramped, free from ill will or enmity." The Majjhima Nikaya

13 "In moments of darkness and pain remember all is cyclical. Sit quietly behind your wooden door: Spring will come again." Loy Ching Yuen, (born ca. 1870), Taoist master

14 "There exists just the One Mind….Every grain of matter, every appearance is one with Eternal and Immutable Reality!" Huang Po, founder of the Buddhist Lin Chi sect

15 "Whatever we see or think about is the manifestation of the Mother, of the Primordial Energy, the Primal Consciousness." Ramakrishna

16 "However innumerable sentient beings are, I vow to save them. However inexhaustible the defilements are, I vow to extinguish them. However immeasurable the dharmas are, I vow to master them. However incomparable enlightenment is, I vow to attain it." Bodhisattva vows

17 "Every soul is a daughter of the Godhead." Plotinus (204-270), Greek philosopher, 'Enneads'

18 "The mind shall be God-vision's tabernacle, the body intuition's instrument, and life a channel for God's visible power….The Spirit's tops and Nature's base shall draw near to the secret of their separate truth and know each other as one deity. The Spirit shall look out through Matter's gaze and Matter shall reveal the Spirit's face. Then man and superman shall be at one and all the earth become a single life." Aurobindo (1872-1950), Hindu mystic philosopher, 'Savitri'

19 "Behind all multiplicity in Hinduism there is always the underlying indivisible and eternal unity of all things."

20 "The Soul is not divided, nor does it split up in order to give life to each individual. All things live by the Soul in its entirety; it is all present everywhere." Plotinus (204-270), Greek philosopher, 'Enneads'

21 "The universe, as many mystical traditions tell us, is the 'child' of a sacred marriage between the feminine and masculine forces within the One."

22 "Every human being is one with Brahman in his or her Atman – his or her divine self or soul. The aim of human life is to know the Atman consciously and to live the calm, fearless, and selflessly loving life that arises from this knowledge."

23 "Let me tell you why the creator made this world of generation. He was good, and….he desired that all things should be as like himself as they could be. This is in the truest sense the origin of creation and of the world, as we shall do well in believing on the testimony of wise men. God desired that all things should be good." Plato, 'Timaeus'

24 "As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space." Chandogya Upanishad

25 "A single moment of awakening in this world is eternity in the world to come. The inner peace of the world to come is living in this world with full attention." Pirke Avot 4:22 (Rabbinic sayings, 250-275)

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