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

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

2 "We cannot know what is to our real benefit until we have discovered what we truly are and have begun consciously to live in and by that knowledge."

3 "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."

4 "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."

5 "Within one's own mind is Mind Itself, the native resting-place of everything that is."

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

9 "In every form of life an organizing, self-regulating process resides, an inborn purpose to be a whole in a whole….This organic impulse, which in plant and animal is an unconscious instinct, becomes in man an urge to complete the mystery of Being in the harmony of Knowing."

10 "In your innermost being the Divine IS and you ARE by virtue of Its presence."

11 "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."

12 "If a man sees the Atman, the Self that is divine, the Lord of all that is and will be, he fears no more."

13 "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."

14 "To love is truly to know."

15 "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."

16 "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."

17 "When the soul is fully conscious of its eternal essence, it needs no proof of immortality and no explanation of what will or will not survive the death of self or of the body to which the self clings. That it lives in the deathless by dying to separate existence is as Self-evident a truth of experience as that it lives and dies in each mutable moment."

18 "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."

19 "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

20 "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."

21 "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

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

23 "Universal compassion, which at the same time reaches down to all particulars, can only manifest in the truly wise who see in all sentient beings their own Self."

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite