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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 "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."

2 "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."

3 "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."

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

5 "Just as your eye can take in or see all four corners of this page in a single glance, so the eye of Eternity sees all time in one Moment. All of eternity is in every point of time, so that all time is Present in Eternity."

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

7 "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."

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

9 "As the process of transcendence and integration continues, it discloses ever higher-order unities, leading, consumately, to Unity itself."

10 "One's real Nature is indeed infinite and eternal."

11 "Psychological development in humans has the same goal as natural evolution: the production of ever-higher unities. And since the ultimate Unity is Buddha, God, or Atman (to use those terms in their broadest sense as 'ultimate reality'), it follows that psychological growth aims at Atman."

12 "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

13 "According to the perennial philosophy, the re-discovery of this infinite and eternal Wholeness is men and women's single greatest need and want."

14 "Be only love in all conditions."

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

16 "Wherever there is other, there is fear." The Upanishads

17 "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

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

19 "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."

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

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

22 "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."

23 "Every individual – every sentient being – constantly intuits that his prior Nature IS the infinite and eternal, All and Whole."

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

25 "All sentient beings possess the Buddha Nature." The Nirvana Sutra

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite