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The Flame and the Light
Hugh I'anson Fausset
The living truths of Buddhism and the Vedas

1 "True consciousness…embraces all divisions in its own unity. For it is based in an unconditioned Knower who reconciles the Field of Knowing with Himself, since there is nothing which is not a form of His Consciousness."

2 "The self and the not-self are centred in a Reality which makes them one. They are one in..the primordial Spirit of Which the whole universe is the Self-expression."

3 "Transitory as all phenomena are, they reflect a Mind that is eternally whole."

4 "In all of us…the choice upon which all depends is between committing ourselves to the Light Which shines in darkness or turning away from it."

5 "Man longs at heart to tread the path by which the flame of life in him is progressively transmuted into the Light of divine Consciousness."

6 "Rouse your self by Self, examine your self by Self. Thus Self-guided and mindful you will live happily." Dhammapada

7 "The Spirit of man finds peace in the supreme and deathless Self. He who knows that Eternal Self, bodiless and shadowless, luminous and everlasting, He knows, O beloved, the all and becomes the all." Prasna Upanishad

8 "Joy is ours as something which eternally abides through all the changes of circumstance, of light and shadow, because it is of the very essence of life."

9 "By tranquillity is meant Oneness and Oneness gives birth to the highest Samadhi [Enlightenment] which is gained by entering into the realm of Noble Wisdom that is realizable only within one's inmost consciousness." Lankavatara Sutra

10 "Through the steadfast practice of Mindfulness we may centre ourselves in this Oneness in which the light of insight scatters the shadows of external discrimination, and differences no longer divide, but enrich and unite."

11 "The aim of all religions is essentially the same. It is the reunion of the self-conscious with that supreme Principle of consciousness and being which is known metaphysically as the One."

12 "In the entire realm of becoming…there is a spiritual Consciousness, Which reveals Its being and Its power through a million points of light."

13 "Real awareness, as it develops inwardly, creates a correspondingly finer awareness of outer things and a genius for cooperating with them fruitfully."

14 "In the inmost heart of our being knowledge is love and love knowledge, while our true will is the creative power which springs from their union and which makes them one in action."

15 "God can see through us the forms of His creating and when we see them even partially with His eyes, we see the essence of Being in the ceaseless flow of becoming."

16 "It is the Great Lord of all worlds, the Friend of all beings, who acts in every faculty we possess and every breath we draw."

17 "The various journeys and testings of myth and legend image the initiations by which the soul fits herself to conceive and bear the divine child, the spiritual consciousness."

18 "The awakening of faith is neither an emotional conversion nor an intellectual assent to doctrine, but an awakening to Mind Itself."

19 "The inherent nature of man, despite all the differences of race, tradition, or spiritual development, is the same in us all."

20 "To love is truly to know."

21 "Brahman is the changeless Absolute of Being and of Knowing. But It is, also, without any conflict or contradiction, a Self of power and action present in all that lives and moves."

22 "We cannot win enlightenment for ourselves unless we are seeking it for all. Equally, however, we cannot be loving and kind to others, unless we are the same to ourselves."

23 "By the mind this truth must be seen: there are not many, but only One." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

24 "Whether it is Blake losing himself in a knot in a piece of wood, Wordsworth in lines of curling mist or the figures of a shepherd and his dog, Shelley in the west wind, or Rilke in the bird flying through him and the tree growing within him – each and all of them were engaged in the task of reconciling the Knower and the Field, so that the perceiver and the perception might be one."

25 "'That' which makes of all the contraries a loving union of opposites, 'you are'."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite