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Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony
Virginia Hanson and Rosemarie Stewart, editors

1 "Bringing together the laws of science and the truths of mysticism, Integral Philosophy contemplates the cosmic whole as a superorganic unity and self-harmonizing system of divergent forces." Haridas Chaudhuri, 'The Meaning of Karma in Integral Philosophy'

2 "The instinct to progress to a better state of affairs, or a more ideal situation, is more than a human hope; it is an urge rooted in the primeval purpose of life….Man, despite all frustration and denial, is ever responding to newborn purpose, a new day, a new age, with new hope eternally springing in his breast – all of which testifies to an obligatory impellent latent in him, as well as in every other living thing, to achieve the perfect state." James Perkins, American commercial artist, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium'

3 "A creative acceptance of life's patterns can grow out of an alert awareness of the eternally constructive purpose in the universe." James S. Perkins, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium'

4 "The universe turns as one (which is the root meaning of the word 'universe') and we all live in one element." Virginia Hanson, 'The Other Face of Karma'

5 "We (may) aim at a petty end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistible magnetism in a line with the poles of the world." Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Compensation'

6 "Nothing is separate from anything else, and every conceivable entity, micro- or macrocosmic, is related to every other entity at all levels. The basic fact of existence, at any level our minds can imagine, is not only the interrelatedness, but the interpenetration of all there is." Dane Rudhyar, composer and author, 'The Transmutation of Karma Into Dharma'

7 "Everything has an inner balance and truth and harmony; everything, in its true nature, reflects that perfect equilibrium at the core of all creation." Virginia Hanson, 'The Other Face of Karma'

8 "No man can rise superior to his feelings, without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part." H. P. Blavatsky

9 "If we learn how to consciously cooperate with the creative force of planetary evolution as it is shaping up with the passage of time, mankind's age-old dream of the kingdom of heaven on earth, i.e., an internationally unified world order controlled by the power of truth, justice and love, can inevitably come true." Haridas Chaudhuri, 'The Meaning of Karma in Integral Philosophy'

10 "Victor Frankl, in 'Man in Search of Meaning', points out that the inalienable freedom to choose one's attitude of mind persists, even in a Nazi prison camp." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

11 "True freedom does not mean absolutely arbitrary action or irrational choice….Rightly understood, freedom means our ability to act and live in the light of our own human essence, the inner light revealing the purpose of our being as a unique mode of manifestation of Being, a distinctive creative center of the cosmic whole." Haridas Chaudhuri, 'The Meaning of Karma in Integral Philosophy'

12 "Through harmony every living thing in Nature is flashing its meaning in the total scheme of life." James Perkins, American commercial artist, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium'

13 "Man holds in the depth of his being a profound spiritual potential, a divine spark for endless perfectibility." Haridas Chaudhuri, 'The Meaning of Karma in Integral Philosophy'

14 "Deliverance is to be sought within. Our powers lie there, enticed forth by circumstances arising all about us. Life is the Teacher." James S. Perkins, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium'

15 "No man can rise superior to his individual failings without lifting, be it ever so little, the whole body of which he is an integral part." Helena P. Blavatsky, 19th century Russian spiritual teacher and author

16 "Each fleeting moment can be seen as an integrated whole of which we are a part." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

17 "There is perfect justice throughout the whole universe." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

18 "This Cosmos is a Whole, including everything from the very greatest to the most minute." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

19 "Ever turn away from the imperfections of your neighbour and centre rather your attention upon your own short-comings in order to correct them and become wise." H. P. Blavatsky

20 "At times it may appear we are chosen by our thoughts or emotions, but this is only because we have permitted the mind or the heart to move without conscious direction, a choice which can be reversed whenever we decide to determine consciously what thoughts will occupy the mind or what feelings will be harbored in the heart." 'Karma, The Universal Law of Harmony', Quest 1984, foreword

21 "Nobility, in the deepest and truest sense of the word, is the capacity to serve the purpose of a Greater Whole-in-the-making." Dane Rudhyar, composer and author, 'The Transformation of Karma into Dharma'

22 "Each of us, as a monad, is the expression of a personal and individual myth; it is for each of us to fulfill and complete that myth in terms of the personal, subjective drama we touch in our dreams, visions, inner experiences." Laurence J. Bendit, psychiatrist, lecturer and author, 'Karma and Cosmos'

23 "Myth has been said by Annie Besant, as well as by C. G. Jung, to be the true history of man both individual and as a species, and to represent his attempts at spiritual self-realization in the form of dramatic stories." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

24 "To the one who has the eyes to see, London, Los Angeles, and Paris are just as spiritual and holy as Varanasi, Mecca and Jerusalem." Laurence J. Bendit, 'Karma and Cosmos'

25 "Innate in all evolving life, is the eternal attraction toward attainment of archetypal perfection. This will-to-perfection is imperative in evolution, having been ceaselessly active throughout the universe from the beginning. It provides the orientation that guides Nature in the slow evolution of all forms and species toward their fulfillment." James S. Perkins, 'The Rhythmic Return to Equilibrium'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite