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Basic Theosophy
Geoffrey Hodson

1 "Neither individuals nor nations are paralysed by their past actions. Everything is not irretrievably fated, however good or bad the past. Man can master circumstances and make of each experience an opportunity for a fresh beginning, however heavily the past may weigh upon him."

2 "Within-ness and without-ness use both infinite, but also one."

3 "Ultimately, the message of the Unity of Life will be recognised as a divine instruction, as impelling summons, an irresistible command. When this time comes there will be health for mankind and peace upon Earth."

4 "A gardener or farmer plants his seeds underground and, in due course, the new plants appear and complete their cycle of growth, which is generally consummated in the production of more seeds. The One Life, the One Law and the One Energy, to which the name 'God' has been given, would seem similarly to provide for the innermost selves of humanity the conditions necessary for the germination and development of their limitless, but at first seed-like deific powers. These conditions have some analogy with those provided for the seed of a plant when it is planted in the soil."

5 "Every sprouting seed, every wheeling planet, every ordinary movement of the natural world, every noble aspiration of the human heart, is an expression of energy of the ever-present, ever-active Soul of the Universe." Archdeacon Wilberforce, Anglican spiritual leader

6 "The evolution to ever greater heights is the ultimate destiny of man, 'the one far-off divine event, to which the whole creation moves' (Tennyson, 'In Memoriam')."

7 "All experience is valuable; nothing is wasted, even if it appears so, for silently the seed is developing. Thus, life is educative in the truest sense."

8 "However terrible the sin and sorrow on earth may be, all things are somehow working together for the eventual good of all."

9 "Spiritual awakening in mankind is as natural as is the appearance of bud and flower in the plant."

10 "Each individual Soul is unified with the World-Soul, the all-pervading divine consciousness."

11 "If with the ears of the Spirit the Song of Life could be heard, what would be its theme? The answer, in a phrase, is: 'Life is One'. There exists but One Life, One Light, One Power, One Love, and that is the central spiritual truth, in realization of which the Inner Self perpetually abides."

12 "Man is a God-in-the-becoming. This, the ancient Sages taught, is the destiny of man: fully to make manifest his inherent powers."

13 "The pain of bereavement and the fear of death say to us: 'Seek the inner consciousness and seek it ardently. For when found it will banish both fear of death and pain of bereavement.' In our inner selves and in our hearts, if we will let them speak, we know these things."

14 "The deity-to-be is already present embryonically within every human being."

15 "One Life nourishes, sustains and unites all parts and all beings."

16 "There is a spiritual alchemy by means of which adversity resulting from actions motived by selfishness can be diminished or even dispersed by the deliberate exertion of energies and the enactment of deeds motivated by love. This spiritual mode of life constitutes the 'Way of Holiness' of Isaiah, the 'strait and narrow way' of Christianity, the 'Noble Eightfold Path' of Buddhism and the 'razor-edged Path' of Hinduism."

17 "Cultivate a state of goodwill to all. Never by thought or word or deed hurt another."

18 "How may the self be discovered? All teachers give the same answer: By meditation and contemplation; by self-purification; and by action in service of the Divine in all beings."

19 "Wise was the injunction of the Mystery Schools of old, 'Man know thyself'; for when man truly knows himself, he knows all."

20 "Unfoldment from less to more and reharmonization operate irresistibly upon man, as upon all else that exists. Man can delay or hasten, but he cannot ultimately frustrate these two functions of the Cosmic Will."

21 "Oneness is the supreme truth."

22 "We live in God. That's what we breathe."

23 "Despite its denial by man, the fact of oneness remains. From that unity, that one Source, is derived the God-Self of man, the Inner Ruler Immortal. From and through that Immortal Self, Power from the One Source is flowing."

24 "The soul of man is immortal, and its future is the future of a thing whose growth and splendour has no limit." 'The Idyll of the White Lotus'

25 "Every experience has its value in terms of a drawing out, an increase, of innate power, wisdom and knowledge."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite