Many / One

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Unknown Man
An overview of humanity's nature and destiny.

1 "Look at yourself with clear eyes and the rest will take care of itself."

2 "The more we observe how the microscopic world of living cells and bacteria interact with the macroscopic world of the planet, the clouds and atmosphere, winds, tornadoes, ocean currents and the great wild jungles, the more our vision shifts to one of a total and wondrous whole – a living organism."

3 "A disciple once asked Ramana Maharshi why he didn't preach his message to the world. He replied, 'Have you not heard of the saying of Vivekananda, that if one but thinks a noble, selfless thought even in a cave, it sets up vibrations throughout the world and does what has to be done.'"

4 "The One, the Beloved, is both the seeker and the sought."

5 "In the beginningless beginning there is timeless, spaceless, dimensionless, all-pervading eternal and infinite 'Oneness'".

6 "There have been…individuals who have stumbled across an evolutionary threshold into what they see as the true evolutionary goal of the species. These pioneers have returned from their expeditions with maps and routes to the natural state of man and have shown where we originally came from, who we are and where we are heading."

7 "A new world is born. It is not the old world that is changing. It is a new world which is born. And we are right in the middle of the transition period, when the two overlap, when the old is still all-powerful and entirely controlling the ordinary consciousness. But the new slips in, still very modest and unnoticed – so unnoticed that externally it disturbs hardly anything…for the moment, and is even absolutely imperceptible in the consciousness of most people. But it is working, it is growing." The Mother, disciple of Sri Aurobindo

8 "The whole nature of being is really becoming; a moving flow which continually reproduces itself, a perpetual recreation and transformation."

9 "The undivided wholeness of existence is a holographic pattern of matter, energy, movement and space-time. Each locality of space, however tiny, contains…the pattern of the whole."

10 "Everywhere on Earth, at this moment, in the new spiritual atmosphere created by the idea of evolution, there float, in a state of extreme mutual sensitivity, love of God and faith in a new world: the two essential components of the ultra human. These two components are everywhere in the air…sooner or later there will be a chain reaction." Pierre Teilhard deChardin

11 "As consciousness moves upward from sense to spirit it becomes the spiritual heart of pure intuition. And it is this heart which finally unites with the One."

12 "In reality there is only the Beloved, only loving." Meher Baba

13 "Each one of us who takes on the quest to understand ourselves could add something to the whole 'field'."

14 "The Hindu sages inform us that existence is all 'Leela' – or God's infinite play. The essence of this divine comedy lies in the self-forgetting. By becoming a separate wave, God is playing hide-and-seek with himself. The play revolves around the exquisite piquancy of the 'remembrance' – that moment when God comes rushing around the corner and catches sight of Itself in the mirror. The final aim of evolution is for existence to re-awaken as Primal Consciousness, having tasted the novelty of creation, the restrictions and the sufferings from the contraction and the ultimate beauty of that image in the mirror. Evolution is simply the way back home."

15 "The real is ONE. It is a unity, non-dual and whole."

16 "Any who have entered higher states of 'Oneness' or the scientist who sees the universe as a holo-movement are right, nature is not separate or segmented in any way: it is a seamless and continuous whole."

17 "When one organism succeeds in an environment, it sets up a resonance, and similar organisms, either in the near vicinity or even in geographically far-removed locations, resonate in sympathy."

18 "In the world of the mystics there are some profound and beautiful maps which appear not to suffer from the ravages of time. Here we find a host of ancient and modern disciplines as widely different as Taoists, Gnostics, the Sufis and the monks of Zen. This diverse spectrum of human experience has been handed down through living teachings and scriptures with an admirable thoroughness. They all, of course, differ in details, yet the major landmarks and the terrain are uncannily similar."

19 "The hologram (Greek Holos-gramma, 'the whole message') can offer useful insights into the nature of what is felt to be the undivided wholeness of reality. This analogy allows us to comprehend a single, coherent and flowing whole which contains both consciousness and the external reality as we experience it."

20 "Crisis can be seen as a positive aspect of change."

21 "So we say deep down the consciousness of mankind is one. This is a virtual certainty because even in the vacuum, matter is one; and if we don't see this it is because we are blinding ourselves to it." David Bohm

22 "It is easy to forget that man has taken a look at his home from the outside only in the last twenty years and the profound and almost mystical effect upon the astronauts has been embraced by the species as a whole. We can see our planet as an exquisite, luminous, living globe hanging undivided in the silence of space. The testimonies from space bring home with a fresh impact just what a rare and precious opportunity of life we share within the planet as one whole ecosystem and us as a part of it."

23 "The overall data processing capacity is doubling every three years and if this rate is maintained, the complexity of the world network could approach the order of magnitude of a human brain in the number of its interactive processes or connections. In biological terms it is not unreasonable to conclude that human beings might well be the Earth's way of gaining global consciousness."

24 "New pictures are gradually emerging of a reality which might be synchronous, or a constantly shifting holographic mosaic. The phenomenal world could be more like a vast thought field, which changes depending on how we look at it. Reality has been elevated from that of a fixed and static noun to a fluid, living verb."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite