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J. P. Pratt      The Religious Consciousness

"We begin believing in God because we are taught to do so."

Hindu Scriptures      Rig-Veda   (Hymn of Prajapati)

. . . Whence, whence this manifold creation spring?  The gods themselves came later into being . . .

Po Chu-I      Peaceful Old Age   (Trans: Lionel Giles)
If I depart, I cast no look behind
Still wed to life, I still am free from care.
Since life and death in cycles come and go,
Of little moment are the days to spare.
Thus strong in faith want, and long to be
One with the pulsings of Eternity.

Hermes      Corpus Hermeticum  X (xi)

From one Soul of the universe are all souls derived . . . Human souls that lay hold of immortality are change into holy powers.  And so they go on into the sphere of the Gods . . . And this is the most pefect glory of the soul . . .

Ben Franklin

. . . I cannot suspect the annihilation of souls, or believer that [God] will suffer the daily waste of millions of minds ready made that now exist, and put himself to the continual trouble of making new ones . . .

Sallustius      The Neoplatonists

It is not unlikely that the rejection of God is a kind of punishment: we may well believe that those who knew the gods and neglected them in one life may in another be deprived of the knowledge of them altogether.

Giordano Bruno      De Rerum Principiis

. . . deity and the cosmos may be likened to a circle or sphere whose circumference is nowhere --hence boundless-- but whose center is everywhere.  And that each monad is such a divine, immortal, preexistent center.

Voltaire      Philosophical Dictionary

. . . To dare say that He [God] created all the successive generations of mankind only to subject them to eternal punishment under the pretext that their earliest ancestor ate of a particular fruit in a garden is to accuse Him of the most absurd barbarity.

J. W. Von Goethe

Man is the dialogue between nature and God.

Plato      The Works of Plato   by Thomas Taylor

. . . the soul, while an inhabitant of earth, is in a fallen condition, an apostate from deity, an exile from the or b of light.

Paul Gauguin      Gauguin's Religion

. . . it is the soul which formed its organism; . . . it is the soul which has produced the evolution of living organisms constituting species . . . God . . . as a symbol of the pure eternal spirit, the general spirit of the universe . . . becomes the principle of all harmonies, the end to be attained, presented by Christ, and before him by Buddha . . .

H. P. Blavatsky      Isis Unveiled

. . . Evil acts will produce evil consequences, good acts will produce good consequences . . . This is strict and impartial justice.  This is the idea of a Supreme Power which cannot fail, and therefore, can have neither wrath or mercy.

                                The Secret Doctrine

Karma . . . is a highly philosophical truth, a most divine noble expression of the primitive intuition of man concerning Deity.  It . . . explains the origin of Evil, and ennobles our conceptions of what divine immutable Justice ought to be, instead of degrading the unknown and unknowable Deity by making it the whimsical, cruel tyrant which we call Providence . . .

The poor . . . cry aloud to God who makes no reply . . . Turning to the teacher of religion, they meet the reply to their quesioning of the justice which will permit such misery to those who did nothing requiring them to be born with no means, no opportunities for education, no capacity to overcome social, racial, or circumstantial obstacles, "It is the will of God."

                                Book of Golden Precepts

Soar beyond allusions.  Search the eternal and the changeless SELF, mistrusting fancy's false suggestions.  The unwary Soul that fails to grapple with the mocking demon of illusion will return to earth the slave of Mara.  The Self of Matter and the Self of Spirit can never meet.  One of the twain must disappear; there is no place for both.

"In order to become the knower of [the Universal] Self, thou hast first of Self to be the knower." Then thou canst repose between the wings of the GREAT BIRD, which is not born, nor dies throughout eternal ages.  Bestride the Bird of Life if thou would'st know. Give up thy life if thou would'st live.

All is impermanent in man except the pure bright essence of Alaya -the Universal Self.  Man is its crystal ray; a beam of light immaculate within, a form of clay material upon the lower surface.  Thy shadows [or bodies] live and vanish, that which is in thee shall live forever, that which is in thee KNOWS,  for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life; it is the Man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never strike.

W. Q. Judge      The Ocean of Theosophy

It is not reasonable to suppose that either God or nature projects us into a body simply to fill us with bitterness because we can have no other opportunity here . . .

Buddha      Undana (viii-iii)

Monks, there is a not-born, a not-become, a not-made, a not compounded.  Monks, if that not-born, not-become, not-made, not compounded were not, there would be apparent no escape from this here that is born, become, made, compounded.

Henrik Ibsen      The Emperor Julian

There is One who ever reappears, at certain intervals, in the course of human history.  He is like a rider taming a wild horse in the arena.  Again and yet again it throws him.  A moment, and he is in the saddle again, each time more secure and more expert; but off he has had to go, in all his varying incarnations, until this day.  Who knows how often he has wandered among us when none have recognized him?

Ralph Waldo Emerson      Nominalist and Realist

It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.  Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals and mournful obituaries, and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some new strange disguise.  Jesus is not dead; he is very well alive: nor John, nor Paul, nor Mahomet, nor Aristotle; at times we believe we have seen them all, and could easily tell their names under which they go.

Henry David Thoreau      Letters and Journals

As far back as I can remember I have unconsciously referred to the experiences of a previous state of existence.  I lived in Judea eighteen hundred years ago, but I never knew that there was such a one as Christ among my contemporaries.  As the stars looked to me when I was a shepherd in Assyria, they look to me now as a New-Englander.

Walt Whitman      Leaves of Grass

I know I am deathless.  No doubt I have died myself ten thousand times before.  I laught at what you call dissolution, and I know the amplitude of time.  This day before  dawn I ascended a hill and looked at the crowded heaven.  And I said to my spirit, When we become the enfolders of those orbs, and the pleasure and knowledge of everything in them, shall we be filled and satisfied?  And my spirit said, No, we but level that lift to pass and continue beyond.

Benjamin Franklin      Letters

Finding myself to exist in the world, 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.

Goethe      Conversation with Johannas Falk

I am certain that I have been here as I am now a thousand times before, and I hope to return a thousand times.  When one reflects upon the eternity of the universe, one can conceive of no other destiny than that the Monads or Souls should eventually participate in the bliss of the Gods as joyfully cooperating forces.  The work of creation will be entrusted to them.  Man is the dialogue between nature and God.  On other planets this dialogue will doubtless be of a higher and profounder character.

Thomas Huxley      Evolution and Ethics

The doctrine of transmigration, whatever its origin, Brahmanical and Buddhist speculation found, ready to hand, the means of constructing a plausible vindication of the ways of the Cosmos to man.  None but very hasty thinkers will reject it on the ground of inherent absurdity.  Like the doctrine of evolution itself, that of transmigration has its roots in the world of reality.

Albert Schweitzer      Indian Thought and its Development

By reason of the idea of reincarnation, Indian thought can be reconciled to the fact that so many people in their minds and actions are still so engrossed in the world.  If we assume that we have but one existence, there arises the insoluble problem of what becomes of the spiritual ego which has lost all contact with the Eternal.  Those who hold the dictrine of reincarnation are faced by no such problem.  For them that non-spiritual attitude only means that those men and women have not yet attained to the purified form of existence in which they are capable of knowing the truth and translating it into action.  So the idea of reincarnation contains a most comforting explanation of reality by means of which Indian thought surmounts difficulties which baffle the thinkers of Europe.

Carl Jung      Memories, Dreams, Reflections

My life as I lived it had often seemed to me like a story that has no beginning and no end.  I had the feeling that I was a historical fragment, an excerpt for which the preceding and succeeding text was missing.  I could well imagine that I mst have lived in former centuries and there encountered questions I was not yet able to answer; that I had to be born again because I had not fulfilled the task that was given to me.  When I die, my deeds will follow along with me --that is how I imagine it.  I will bring with me what I have done.  In the meantime, it is important to insure that I do not stand at the end with empty hands.

William Butler Yeats      Under Ben Bulben

Many times man lives and dies.  Whether man dies in his bed or the rifle knocks him dead, a brief parting from those dear is the worst man has to fear.  Though grave-diggers' toil is long, sharp their blades, their muscles strong, they but thrust their buried men back in the human mind again.

Tolstoy      Diary and Other Writings

How interesting it would be to write the story of the experiences in this life of a man who killed himself in a previous life; how he now stumbles against the very demands which had offered themselves before, until he arrives at the realization that he must fulfill those demands.  The deeds of the preceding life give direction to the present life.  This is what the Hindus call karma.

Matthew Arnold          Empedocles on Etna

And then we shall unwillingly return back to this meadow of calamity, this uncongenial place, this human life; and in our individual human state go through the sad probation all again, to see if we will poise our life at last, to see if we will now at last be true to our only true, deep-buried selves, being one with which we are one with the whole world; or whether we will once more fall away into some bondage of the flesh or mind, some slough of sense, or fantastic maze forged by the imperious lonely thinking-power.

Nietzche      Eternal Recurrence

My doctrine is: Live so thou mayest desire to live again -that is thy duty- for in any case thou wilt live again! This doctrine is lenient towards those who do not believe in it.  It speaks of no hells and it contains no threats.  He who does not believe in it has but a fleeting life in his consciousness.  Let us guard against teaching such a doctrine as if it were a suddenly discovered religion! It must percolate through slowly, and whole generations must build on it and become fruitful through it -in order that it may grow into a large tree which will shelter all posterity.

Rev. Leslie Weatherhead      The Case for Reincarnation

The intelligent Christian asks not only that life should be just, but that it should make sense.  Does the idea of reincarnation help here?  If I fail to pass those examinations in life which can only be taken while I dwell in a physical body, shall I not have to come back and take them again?  If every birth in the world is the birth of a new soul, I don't see how progress can ever be consummated. Each has to begin at scratch.  Each child is born a selfish little animal, not able in character to begin where the most saintly parent left off.  How can a world progress in inner things -which are the most important- if the birth of every new generation fills the world with unregenerate souls full of original sin?  There can never be a perfect world unless gradually those born in it can take advantage of lessons learned in earlier lives instead of starting at scratch.

Gandhi      from Indian periodials

If for mastering the physical sciences you have to devote a whole lifetime, how many lifetimes may be needed for mastering the greatest spiritual force that mankind has known? [Ahimsa - harmlessness, universal compassion.] Having flung aside the sword, there is nothing except the cup of love which I can offer to those who oppose me. It is by offering that cup I expect to draw them close to me.  I cannot think of permanent enmity between man and man, and believing as I do in the theory of rebirth, I live in the hope that if not in this birth, in some other birth, I shall be able to hug all humanity in friendly embrace.

Jane Roberts          Seth Speaks

All That Is speaks to all its parts, not with sounds, trumpets and fanfare from without, but communicates its messages through the living soul stuff of each consciousness.

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