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The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation
W. Y. Evans-Wentz, compiler and editor
The method of realizing Nirvana through knowing the mind, as taught in ancient Tibetan texts. Includes a psychological commentary by C. G. Jung.

1 "To the clear-seeing, Humanity is One Family, eternally transcending geographical demarcations, national limitations, and every fettering concept born of the un-enlightened mind."

2 "The Microcosmic Mind is inseparable from the Macrocosmic Mind, both alike being of the One Essence."

3 "In the Beginning was Mind; and Mind was with God. So Mind was God. This was in Beginning with God. All kept coming into existence through it; and apart from it came into existence not a single thing." 'The Gnostic John the Baptizer', published by John M. Watkins, London, 1924

4 "Considered in its universality, Intelligence contains all entities as the genus contains all species, as the whole contains all parts." Plotinus

5 "The First Principle, being One, is transcendent over measure or number….The Supreme Principle must be essentially unitary, and simple, while essences [derived therefrom] form a multitude." Plotinus, Ennead V

6 "Earth's multitude of human and sub-human creatures, each of them like a single cell, collectively constitute the body of one multicellular organism, mentally illuminated by the One Cosmic Mind. We are, as St. Paul perceived, all members of One Body; or, as the Mahayana [Buddhism] likewise teaches, other and self are identical."

7 "All sentient beings are members of one body, even as the Christian seer St. Paul perceived."

8 "The One Mind is the unique root of energy, the potentiality of potentialities, the sole dynamo of universal power, the initiator of vibrations, the unknown source, the womb whence there come into being the cosmic rays and matter in all its electronic aspects, as light, heat, magnetism, electricity, radio-activity, or as organic and inorganic substances in all their manifold guises, visible and invisible, throughout the realm of nature."

9 "Although the Sun may shine in each of a thousand rooms of a palace, its unity is not affected; although the One Mind illuminates the innumerable myriads of finite minds, it remains inseparably a unit."

10 "If even the most inconspicuous Eskimo within the Arctic Circle were to suffer pain or misfortune, it would inevitably affect, although unconsciously, every other human being on the planet."

11 "As a homogeneous whole, the Universe symbolizes the undivided One Mind."

12 "There appears to be deep-hidden in the unconscious, awaiting favourable opportunity to come forth into the conscious, a transcendent geometrical symmetry, like that referred to by the Greek philosophers in such aphorisms as 'God geometrizes', or 'The Universe is founded on number'; and, also, a divine beauty and perfect harmony."

13 "We are eternally present in the One."

14 "All hail to the One Mind that embraces the whole." 'The Seeing of Reality'

15 "Inevitably, as the Great Gurus teach, what men sow in law-courts or on battle-fields produces ever new harvests; and the sowing will continue until they recognize, individually and collectively, the Higher Law of the Divine At-one-ment of mankind, irrespective of nationality, race, religion, or social status, and, equally, of everything that lives."

16 "There is but the One Mind (or Consciousness)."

17 "If we carefully scrutinize our own character we shall inevitably find that, as Lao-Tzu says, 'high stands on low', which means that the opposites condition one another, that they are really one and the same thing." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary

18 "In the One Mind is the summation of the whole of consciousness, the ineffable at-one-ment of all the One Mind's microcosmic aspects."

19 "Realization of the One Mind, through introspectively attaining understanding of the true nature of its macrocosmic aspect innate in man, is equivalent to the attainment of…the Full Awakening of Buddhahood."

20 "The One Mind being the Cause of All Causes, the Ultimate Reality, every other aspect of the Whole, visible and invisible, and all states or conditions of consciousness, are inseparably parts of the One Mind."

21 "In the process of evolution, there is continuous expansion of mind until at-one-ment with the One Mind has been attained."

22 "The radiance which emanates from the One Mind, by emanating from one's own mind, emancipates the mind." 'The Seeing of Reality'

23 "Whatever the structure of the unconscious may be, one thing is certain: it contains an indefinite number of motifs or patterns of an archaic character, in principle identical with the root ideas of mythology and similar thoughtforms." C. G. Jung, Psychological Commentary

24 "The inseparableness of all living things is as natural as it is inescapable."

25 "Not until mankind shall transcend dualism and phenomenal appearances, and realize the natural at-one-ment of all living creatures, will they be able to formulate a sound standard of morality."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite