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The Atman Project
Ken Wilber
A transpersonal view of human development, with a profound and lucid insight into our nature and destiny.

1 "Be only love in all conditions."

2 "In this moment and this moment and this, an individual IS Buddha, is Atman, is the Dharmakaya."

3 "From the very beginning, all creatures intuit God. From the start, men and women intuit their prior Atman nature, and this acts like a huge unconscious magnet, so to speak, drawing them onward and upward toward that perfect release in the superconscious All."

4 "There are NO radically separate entities anywhere – the boundary between subject and object is ultimately illusory."

5 "Wholeness, according to the perennial psychology, is WHAT is real and ALL that is real. A radically separate, isolated and bounded entity does not exist anywhere. There are no seams in the world, in things, in people or in God."

6 "The ultimate psychology is a psychology of fundamental Wholeness, or the superconscious All."

7 "Each stage of psychological growth is a step closer to God."

8 "'Anima Naturaliter Christiana', said Tertullian, by which he meant that 'the soul is endowed from the outset with the knowledge of God."

9 "Venerable Ones, get to know the One who plays with these shadows. He is the original source of all the Buddhas. Knowing him, wherever you are is home." Zen Master Rinzai

10 "At its peak, the soul becomes one, literally one, with the deity-form, with the dhyani-Buddha, with God. One dissolves into Deity, as Deity – that Deity which, from the beginning, has been one's own Self or highest Archetype. In this way only could St. Clement say that he who knows himself knows God." 69

11 "Evolution is transcendence (Erich Janstch's marvelous phrase: 'Evolution as self-realization through self-transcendence'); and transcendence has as its final goal Atman, or ultimate Unity Consciousness in only God. All drives are a subset of that Drive, all wants a subset of that Want, all pushes a subset of that Pull – and that whole movement is what we call the Atman-project: the drive of God towards God."

12 "This entire movement of evolution simply continues from unity to unity until there is only Unity."

13 "The eternal present underlies and embraces all duration."

14 "Each successive stage achieves a higher-order unity, and this continues until there is ONLY Unity."

15 "As Aristotle put it, when all potential has been actualized, the result is God."

16 "Infinite, all-pervading and all-embracing Consciousness is both One and Many, Only and All, Source and Suchness, Cause and Condition, such that all things are only a gesture of this One, and all forms a play upon it. As Infinity, it demands wonder; as God, it demands worship; as Truth, it demands wisdom; and as one's true Self it demands identity."

17 "ALL individuals are touched by God, and all sentient entities intuit God."

18 "Just as the arms and legs and fingers are quite different entities but also are parts of one body, so all things and events in the universe are aspects of one fundamental Whole."

19 "All things and events, while remaining perfectly separate and discrete, are only One."

20 "Evolution – wherever it appears – manifests itself as a series of transcendences, of ascents, of emergences – and emergences of higher-order WHOLES."

21 "Evolution continues until there is only Unity, ultimate in all directions."

22 "Everywhere we look in nature, said the philosopher Jan Smuts, we see nothing but wholes. And not just simple wholes, but hierarchical ones: each whole is a part of a larger whole which is itself a part of a larger whole. Fields within fields within fields, stretching through the cosmos, interlacing each and every thing with each and every other."

23 "Meditation is a sustained instrumental path of transcendence…It is the natural and orderly unfolding of successively higher-order unities, until there is only Unity, until all potential is actual, until all the ground-unconscious is unfolded as Consciousness."

24 "At the beginning of THIS and every moment, each individual IS God as the Clear Light."

25 "Man is born the son of God, participating totally in the nature of the Supreme Principle of the Universe." Hubert Benoit, 'The Supreme Doctrine'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite