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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 "Being is one, though named variously."

2 "Knowledge depends principally on a mental act of unity. The advance of knowledge is the discovery of unity."

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

4 "The whole universe is in a flow of universal in-fluence in which everything is in some degree potent in everything else."

5 "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."

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

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

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

9 "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."

10 "There is something marvellous in the power within a seed, and when that seed is the human soul, containing the powers of will, thought and love, no one should dare to measure its possibilities by an undeveloped imagination…it is for him to be his own gardener, to understand his own destiny, and to make his circumstances assist him in its swift achievement."

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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

14 "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."

15 "The one cause – which is the Whole – is what existence is and what we are."

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

17 "This belief that our world is one indivisible thing is held by modern scientists today, and they come very near to proving it also – at least nothing ever happens to create a doubt of its truth….the world of our experience is in some way one."

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

19 "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."

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

21 "A man does not understand anything unless he loves it." Goethe

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

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

24 "Being IS unity."

25 "The three mental steps towards knowledge of the One Reality are: 1. Listening, 2. Reflecting, 3. Contemplating. Listening means paying attention to the statements of the Scriptures with reference to the One Reality, and also to the words of seers and sages on the subject."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite