The Spiritual Life Annie Besant The author demonstrates that the spiritual path is primarily a matter of devotion to love of humanity, coupled with a realization that the Divine One is present everywhere.
"Whether we read the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, or the New Testament, we find ourselves in exactly the same atmosphere as regards the meaning and nature of the spiritual life: it is that which knows the oneness."
"Humans, as well as all other parts of the universe, live and move and have their being in the One."
"Only as we serve and love those around us will the eyes of the Spirit begin to open."
"The beatific vision is the sight of the one life in everything, and all things as expressions of that life."
"The very heart of the universe is love."
"According to an old Eastern book, 'the man who sees the One Self in everything, and all things in the Self, he sees, verily, he sees.' All else is blindness. The sense of separation, while necessary for evolution, is fundamentally a mistake. The separateness is only like the branch that grows out of a trunk, the unity of the life of the tree passes into every branch and makes them all a oneness."
"The basis of all emotions on the side of progress is love, and this is the power we must cultivate."
"No effort for human good is wasted, no good work fails. The form in which the work is embodied may crumble, but the life remains."
"Be glad in the darkness as well as in the light, by the sure faith in – though not yet the vision of – that Flame which burns ever within, That from the light of which we can never be separated, for it is in truth our very Self."
"We are brothers and sisters in our bodies by the interactions of physical molecules. We are brothers and sisters in our minds by that interaction of mental images and mental pictures with which every one of us is constantly affecting others. We are brothers and sisters in our spirits, above all."
"All Nature is one. The expression of the one Divine Will is Nature."
"Our essential nature is divine, and the effort to realize it helps its growth and manifestation. Pure, passionless, peaceful, it is 'the Star that shines within,' and that Star is our Self."
"The many are but rays of the One, manifested centers of consciousness, channels of the One, each in its own measure."
"The world is the thought of God, the expression of the Divine Mind."
"As salt in water, as butter in milk, the One Life is in all, invisible to the eye but immanent in everything."
"There is no separateness in the universe, but only the appearance of separation. The One without a second who alone exists, who is the one Reality, THAT is the Self of each, the One Life."
"The very Self of all is Light and Love."
"Our destiny is one: the perfection of a divine humanity that is one in origin and one in training."
"Out of the One Eternal Source of Life – the Self of all – come the various sparks that are spiritual Intelligences in every grade of evolution."
"All of us, if we only think of it, are at work to carve our own life into a perfect image, the image of the Divine manifest in humanity."
"As we think, thoughts go out to mold the thoughts and lives of others. As we think thoughts of love and gentleness, the whole reservoir of love in the world is filled to overflowing. As we contribute to this, so we contribute to forming public opinion that molds humanity's ideas more than we dream. Everyone has a share in this."
"There must be knowledge and recognition of the One on whom all worlds are built, the Self eternal and unchanging that throws out universes, as a spider throws out webs, and draws them in again (Mundakopanishad, i. I. 7). One must recognize the one Existence which is at the root of all, supreme...the One without a second."
"The way to tread the Path that leads to the Place of Peace is to endeavor to identify our consciousness with the True Self, to see as it sees, to judge as it judges."
"God is expressed in the universe, which is His living garment." Baruch Spinoza, 'Short Studies'
"There is but one life, without beginning and without ending."