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Man [at birth] again enters into the great
Machinery (of evolution), from which all things come forth . . .
. Decay and growth, fullness and emptiness, when they end, begin again.
William R. Inge Gifford Lectures
. . . Origen holds that there is a constant
upward progress. Each world-order is better than the last . . .
Jalalu L-Din The Mathnawi (Persian)
I died as a mineral and became a plant,
I died as a plant and rose to animal,
I died as an animal and I was a man.
Why should I fear? When was I less by dying?
Yet once more I shall die as a man, to soar
with angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on . . .
. . . I believe I shall, in some shape or
other, always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable
to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that
the errata of the last may be corrected.
Arthur P. Shepherd Christ and Modern Man
If we take into our unprejudiced thinking
the picture of reincarnation as the process of human evolution, we shall
find in it the answer to the problems of the new world situation . . .
William Q. Judge The Ocean of Theosophy
. . . in contrast to the savage, there are many civilized men with small actual brain force who are not savage in nature because the indwelling Ego has had long experience in civilization during other lives, and being a more developed soul, has power to use the brain to its highest limit.
The aim for present man is his initiation into complete knowledge and for the other kingdoms below him that they may be raised up gradually from stage to stage to be in time initiated also.
The Synthesis of Occult Science
. . . evolution is . . . a glimpse of what
might be; a hope of what should be. But in the light of karma and
reincarnation, evolution becomes the logic of what MUST be.
Empedocles The Purifications
I was once already boy and girl,
Thicket and bird, and mute fish in the waves.
All things doth Nature change, enwrapping souls
In unfamiliar tunics of the flesh,
The worthiest dwellings for the souls of men.
. . . Spiritual evolution should unfold
concomitantly with the development of form because "the divine perfection"
of the individual soul is the aim of all progression.
A. Bronson Alcott Tablets
Life is a current of spiritual forces.
In perpetual tides, the stream traverses its vessels to vary its pulsations
and perspective of things . . . . Vast systems of sympathies, antedating
and extending beyond our mundane experiences, absorb us within their sphere,
relating us to other worlds of life or light . . . .
James Freeman Clarke Ten Great Religions
Evolution has a satisfactory meaning only
when we admit that the soul is developed and educated by passing through
many bodies . . . . If we are to believe in evolution, let us have the
assistance of the soul itself in the development of new species.
Giuseppe Manzani The Life of Manzani by Bolton King
The individual soul . . . progresses through
a series of reincarnations, each leading it to a more perfect development,
and the rapidity of its advance depends on its own purification.
And as the individual has his progress through a series of existences,
so collective man progresses ever through the human generations.
Walt Whitman Walt Whitman's Buried Masterpiece (Saturday Review, Oct. 31, 1959 --Malcolm Cowley)
The double process of evolution, natural
and spiritual, can be traced for ages into the past, and be believed that
it will continue for ages beyond ages . . . .
H. P. Blavatsky The Key to Theosophy
As the laggards in a race struggle and plod in their first quarter while the victor darts past the good, so, in the race [toward consciousness] immortality; some souls outspeed all the rest and reach the end, while their myriad competitors are toiling under the load of matter, close to the starting point.
The Secret Doctrine
The pivotal doctrine of the Esoteric Philosophy admits no privileges or special gifts in man, save those won by his own ego through personal effort and merit throughout a long series of metempsychoses and reincarnations . . . .
No man descended from a Palaolithic cave dweller could ever evolve the extraordinary knowledge possessed by the ancients, even in millenniums of thought and intellectual evolution . . . .
. . . we often see a deformed human being . . . having a happy disposition, an excellent intellect, sound judgment, and every good moral quality; this very instance leads us to the conclusion that karma must be of several different kinds . . .
. . . evolution having brought Manas the Thinker and immortal person on to this plane, cannot send him back to the brute which has not manas.