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The Ancient Wisdom
Annie Besant
An outline of Theosophical teachings

1 "One nourishes many sides, thus All is One." The Zohar, Isaac Myer's translation

2 "We are one in our origin, one in the method of our evolution, one in our goal."

3 "The One is the perfect chord of Being, of infinite melodious concords, all turned to a single note, in which Life and Wisdom and Bliss are blended into one keynote of Existence."

4 "Man is a dignified, immortal being, evolving towards a divinely glorious end."

5 "Pure love brought the universe into being, pure love maintains it, pure love draws it upwards towards perfection, towards bliss."

6 "All things live in rhythmical vibrations, all seek the harmonious and are repelled by dissonance."

7 "God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining, all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him."

8 "Those who learn the truth about their own nature become free."

9 "Until man has found the real Self, his own unreality makes him subject to illusions."

10 "The one Breath of the whole universe, I know that mighty Spirit, the shining sun beyond the darkness….I know Him the unfading, the ancient, the Soul of all, omnipresent by His nature." Shvetash-vataropanishad, iii, 8, 21

11 "Nothing can exist in which the Deity is not immanent…the Soul is present in the divine Idea."

12 "This Self is the One, and hence is spoken of as the Monad, and this Monad is the outbreathed life of the Logos, containing within itself germinally, or in a state of latency, all the divine powers and attributes."

13 "Strength and calm and wisdom come to those who behold with opened eyes the glory of the Good Law."

14 "The One Self is in all."

15 "Life is one, it streams out perpetually as the free outpouring of the love of the Logos."

16 "Striking is the resemblance – or more correctly the identity – of the doctrine of the One in the Upanishads and the Eleatic school. Xenophanes' teaching of the unity of God and the Kosmos and of the changelessness of the One, and even more that of Parmenides, who held that reality is ascribable only to the One unborn, indestructible and omnipresent,….these doctrines are completely identical with the essential contents of the Upanishads and of the Vedantic philosophy which springs from them."

17 "All are One and are knotted in One, nor are they separated one from another." The Zohar

18 "The one Life takes on countless limitations, each right in its own place and time."

19 "A survey of the great religions of the world shows that they hold in common many religious, ethical, and philosophical ideas." Annie Besant, 'The Ancient Wisdom', Theosophical Publishing House 1983, p. 2

20 "Man remains forever free at the centre."

21 "Man in his inner Self is one with the Self of the universe."

22 "Life is one; happy they who see its presence, and make themselves the channels of its living force."

23 "Symbolically, in the infinite ocean of light, with centre everywhere and with circumference nowhere, there arises a full-orbed sphere of living light, a Logos, and the surface of the sphere is His will to limit Himself that He may become manifest, His veil in which He incloses Himself that within it a universe may take form."

24 "It is infolded Deity that is the guarantee of humanity's final triumph; this is the hidden motive power that makes evolution at once possible and inevitable, the upward-lifting force that slowly overcomes every obstacle and every difficulty."

25 "The consciousness of this inner unity, the recognition of the One Self dwelling equally in all, is the one sure foundation of Brotherhood."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite