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The Glorious Presence
Ernest E. Wood
An explanation of the Vedanta Philosophy, including Shankara's Ode to the South-facing Form.

1 "Man CAN KNOW that one reality – men have known it in the past and can do so now."

2 "Everything is in intimate touch with other things….with no empty space between. This is a dance in which the partners are holding each other closely."

3 "The whole reflects into every part."

4 "The world is of one piece, the same spirit which is in the saddle in the globe is also in the atom."

5 "Being IS unity."

6 "Every little thing can be a gateway to infinity."

7 "Things are not independent, clear-cut, definite-boundaried objects….Each one is what it is because there is a principle of oneness which is the essential cause and basis of all. Each is in some way all. That is the nature of being. Nothing IS that is not essentially all."

8 "If I were to try to name the new era, I would say it is characterized, whether consciously or not, by an inward-rising feeling of sympathy and companionship with other men and all things."

9 "Anyone who is intent upon knowing the One Reality finds the One Reality everywhere."

10 "We are brothers; sons of one sweet mother."

11 "The Vedanta Philosophy has as its basis the belief that the universe of our experience is only one reality and it can be known."

12 "A breath of Will blows eternally through the universe of souls in the direction of the Right and Necessary. It is the air which all intellects inhale and exhale, and it is the wind which blows the world into order and orbit." Ralph Waldo Emerson

13 "God or the One Reality is the material cause of all things…the substance of all things is that One."

14 "There is no complete error, no complete ignorance – ever. In the world what resists us helps us, as the ground which obstructs our feet, but is necessary in walking. There is no escape from the self."

15 "Love is a kind of knowledge, an awareness of other lives. With it we begin to live in others, and cannot ignore the wounded bird or the lost child."

16 "Everything that occurs is worthy of our most appreciative attention, since it is in some way Brahman."

17 "Somehow everything is Brahman. We have constantly to remind ourselves of this piece of knowledge and then we shall value our present experience."

18 "We cannot get away from one ultimate enveloping cause, present in all causes and constituting their essential nature."

19 "In that fullness of unity the whole is fully present in the part."

20 "The aim is direct knowledge of the One Reality, and the process begins with the hearing of testimony, goes on to reasoning, and ends with direct vision of the truth of the statement or experience being pondered on."

21 "Being is one, though named variously."

22 "The One Reality can be known by exploring the I, the self – the true, not the false self."

23 "My I and every I is that one I, the Glorious Presence….the mystery of mysteries, the joy of joys, the presence of all in each…variety mysteriously governed by unity. This is the principle of the whole – the ultimate self-existent power – which governs evolution from within."

24 "That the whole world is constituted of the One Reality is one of the essential principles of Vedantic thought."

25 "Greece, Rome, Chaldea, Peru, Egypt and all live now in us. Their material triumphs have turned to dust, their old languages are dead, but the gain of character that was achieved by those ancient labors is ours now and forever."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite