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Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Cranston/Head, editors

1 "Yes, a divine instinct that always grows in light and strength helps us to comprehend that nothing in the whole world wholly dies." George Sand (1803-1876), French author

2 "As long as any one injures another, though he should possess the greatest wealth, and all the acres of land which the earth contains, he is still poor." Porphyry (233-304), Greek scholar and Neoplatonic philosopher, 'De Abstinentia'

3 "I hold – in view of the rapid movement of the soul, its vivid memory of the past and its prophetic knowledge of the future, its many accomplishments, its vast range of knowledge, its numerous discoveries – that a nature embracing such varied gifts cannot itself be mortal." Cicero (106-43 bc), Roman statesman and philosopher, 'On Old Age'

4 "He who has attained discernment and is wise knows the true Self, saying, 'I am the Eternal'…discern the universal Self, the Eternal, changeless, and enjoy supreme peace." Sankara, 'The Crest Jewel of Wisdom'

5 "The form ever changes, ever perishes, the informing spirit neither changes nor perishes." Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), Indian Apostle of non-violence, letter to Madeleine Salde, a British admiral's daughter

6 "The being lives on, spectator of all the innumerable changes of environment. Starting from the great All, radiating like a spark from the central fire, he gathers experience in all ages, under all rulers, civilizations and customs, ever engaged in a pilgrimage to the shrine from which he came." W. Q. Judge, 'Echoes From the Orient'

7 "Heaven, Earth, and I were produced together, and all things and I are one." Chuang Tzu (c. 300 bc), Chinese philosopher, from 'The Texts of Taoism', James Legge, translator, Dover 1962

8 "All Spirits were created blameless, all must at last return to their original perfection." Rev. William R. Inge, dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Gifford Lectures

9 "All things are but altered, nothing dies." Ovid (43 bce – 17 ad), Roman Poet, 'Metamorphoses', Book 15

10 "Cosmic law will help us to become all that we can possibly wish to be." Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), Author, teacher, 'Exotics and Retrospectives'

11 "This day before dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven. And I said to my spirit, When we become the enfolders of those orbs, and the pleasure and knowledge of everything in them, shall we be filled and satisfied then? And my spirit said, No, we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond." Walt Whitman, 'Leaves of Grass'

12 "The immortal Self is a ray or emanation of the Universal Self." Editors

13 "Deity and the cosmos may be likened to a circle or sphere whose circumference is nowhere – hence boundless – but those center is everywhere. And each monad is such a divine, immortal, preexistent center." Editors

14 "Never during its pilgrimage is the spirit of man completely adrift and alone. From start to finish its nucleus is the Atman – the self-luminous abiding point, boundless as the sky, indivisible, absolute, the only reality." Huston Smith, 'Karma, Rebirth and Freewill'

15 "Our innermost being is more valuable than all titles and honors." Queen Elisabeth of Austria (1837-1898),

16 "From one Soul of the Universe are all Souls derived." Corpus Hermeticum

17 "Let us face it: 'deep down' nobody in his right mind can visualize his own existence without assuming that he has always lived and will live hereafter; and the religious world-views of old endowed this psychological feeling with images and ideas which could be shared, transmitted, and ritualized." Erik H. Erikson (b. 1902), 'Gandhi's Truth'

18 "Each religion has its own method of realisation whereby the ultimate reality, the final self, the integrating principle is reached." D. T. Suzuki, 'What Is Shin Buddhism?",

19 "While I study to find how I am a Microcosm, or little World, I find myself something more than the great. There is surely a piece of Divinity in us, something that was before the Elements." Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), British physician and author, 'Religio Medici'

20 "The dreams of ancient and modern man are written in the same language as the myths whose authors lived in the dawn of history…symbolic language is the one foreign language that each of us must learn. Its understanding brings us in touch with one of the most significant sources of wisdom, that of the myth, and it brings us in touch with the deeper layers of our own personalities….Indeed, both dreams and myths are important communications from ourselves to ourselves." Erich Fromm, 'The Forgotten Language'

21 "In the circle, which comprehends in itself the beginning and the end, we have the figure of true being; and circular motion is the only enduring form of motion. From this Spirit, which is called the Life of the Universe, proceed the life and soul of everything which has soul and life." Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), Italian philosopher and poet, answer at his trial before the Inquisitor in Venice, May 1592, quoted by I. Firth in "Life of Giordano Bruno, Boston 1887, p. 123

22 "By deep meditation…recognize the subtile nature of the supreme Self, and its presence in all organisms." The Code of Manu (ancient Hindu text),

23 "The whole infinity of discrete and independent souls is yet fused into a vast Whole…within the immensity of the World Soul." Dorothea Waley Singer, 'Giordano Bruno, His Life and Thought'

24 "All life is one, and all its manifestations with which we have had contact are climbing the ladder of evolution." Lord Hugh Dowding (1882-1970), British Air Chief Marshal, speech delivered before the House of Lords, July 18, 1957

25 "Virgin birth, infant god, the holy one violently killed, yet resurrected – these are repeated themes in the history of world religions…These repetitions are reinforcing examples of the universal religious impulse and of the way man seeks to represent the cycle of death and rebirth that runs through all of nature." Bradford Smith, Columbia University professor

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite