. . . . What is the Soul? It is the Consciousness in the life-powers. It is the light within the heart . . .
. . . . By whom the awakened Soul is known
while he dwells in the wilderness of the world, he is creator of all and
maker of all; his is the world, for he s the world . . . . This mighty
unborn grows not old, nor dies, for the Soul is immortal and fearless.
The Soul is the fearless Eternal. He grows one with the Eternal, the fearless
Eternal, who knows this . . .
|Kapila||The Sankhya Philosophy of Kapila|
. . . the Soul exists in all times . . .
can exist in any country . . . is independent of age and matter . . . is
subject to . . . many desires . . . . Bondage is not caused . . . by the
conjunction of the body and the Soul, but by the wrong knowledge as to
the nature of their conjunction and the proper functions of body and Soul
. . .
|G. R. S. Mead||The Thrice-Greatest Hermes|
Souls do not . . . return confusedly [to
the afterdeath states], nor by chance, into one and the same place, but
each is dispatched into the condition which belongs to her. And this
is determined by that which the soul experiences while yet she is in the
tenement of the body . . .
|William R. Inge||Gifford Lectures|
Origen taught . . . the pre-existence of
Souls. The Soul is immaterial, and therefore has neither beginning
of days nor end of life . . . .
|Theodore Besterman||Belief in Rebirth of the Druses|
The individual . . . is made up of soul,
spirit and body . . . . The union of these three elements form a person.
The soul passes successively into various bodies . . .
|William J. Potter||The Radical (April, 1868)|
There is somewhat of the absolute and eternal
in every human soul . . . something that transcends time and space and
organic form, and makes eternity for the soul to be the continuous unfolding
of a perpetual and indestructible principle of life . . .
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||Intellect|
I am present at the sowing of the seed of
the world. With a geometry of sunbeams the soul lays the foundations
. . . if it be true that the living come
from the dead, then our souls must exist in the other world, for if not,
how could they have been born again? . . . We arrive at the conclusion
that the living come from the dead, just as the dead come from the living;
and this, if true, affords a most certain proof that the souls of the dead
exist in some place out of which they come again . . . .
The soul . . . as being immortal, and having
been born again many times, and having seen all things that exist, whether
in this world or in the world below, has knowledge of them all . . . for
as all nature is akin, and the soul has learned all things, there is no
difficulty in her eliciting or as men say learning . . .
Every soul is immortal --for whatever is
in perpetual motion is immortal . . . . All that is soul presides over
all that is without soul and patrols all heaven, now appearing in one form
and now another. When it is fully feathered, it roams in the upper
air and regulates the entire universe . . . . But the soul that has lost
its feathers is carried down till it finds some solid resting-place . .
|Cicero||On Old Age|
. . . since the soul is always in motion
and yet has not external source of motion, for it is self-moved, I conclude
that it will also have no end to its motion, because it is not likely ever
to abandon itself . . .
|Plotinus||Porphyry, the Philosopher, to His Wife Marcella by Alize Zimmerman|
The soul . . . falling from on high, suffers
captivity, is loaded with fetters, and employs the energies of sense .
. . . Souls . . . are necessarily of an amphibious nature . . . and proceeding
from the regions on high, because merged in the dark receptacle of body
. . .
|Iamblichus||The Egyptian Mysteries|
. . . when the better qualities in us are
in activity, and the soul is exalted to those beings superior to itself,
then it becomes separate altogether from everything which held it fast
in the realm of generated existence, keeps itself aloof from inferior natures,
exchanges one life for the other, and gives itself to a different order,
entirely abandoning the former.
|Macrobius||Commentary on the Dream of Scipio|
The soul is drawn down to these terrene
bodies, and is on this account said to die when it is enclosed in this
fallen region, and the seat of mortality . . . . the soul is not extinguished
by its own proper death, but is only overwhelmed for a time . . . . through
its entire refinement from body, it will be restored to the light of perennial
life, and will return to its pristine integrity and perfection.
|Proclus||Elements of Theology|
. . . that which has no temporal beginning will never have an end, and what has no end cannot have had a beginning.
. . . while self-will causes some human
souls to descend more often than is necessary, cosmic law requires that
each sall descend at least once in every world-period . . .
|Leonardo da Vinci||Notebooks|
The soul desires to dwell in the body because without the members of that body it can neither act nor feel . . .
The soul can never be infected by the corruption
of the body, but acts in the body like the wind which causes the sound
of the organ, wherein if one of the pipes is spoiled, the wind cannot produce
a good result in the pipe . . .
|Paracelsus||The Life of Paracelsus by Franz Hartmann, MD|
Some children are born from heaven, and
others are born from hell, because each human being has his inherent tendencies,
and these tendencies belong to his spirit, and indicate the state in which
he existed before he was born. Witches and sorcerers are not made
at once; they are born with powers for evil. [They are born with the tendencies
which they acquired in former lives upon the earth or upon some other planet
|Giordano Bruno||His Life, by J. Lewis McIntyre|
. . . . The soul is not limited to the earth
alone, but has the infinite worlds before it, for its dwelling-place.
It follows that by virtue of the High Justice that presides over all things
. . .that[the hero and divinity in man] must not expect the government
and administration of a better dwelling when it has badly guided itself
in the rule of another . . . .
|Thomas Vaughan||Anthroposophia Theomagica|
The soul of man, while she is in the body,
is like a candle sut up in a dark lanthorn, or a fire that is almost stifled
for want of air . . . she cries out with Seneca: "How long this self-dame
. . . the soul only changes its body bit
by bit and by degrees, so that it is never despoiled of all its organs
all together . . . neither are there any entirely separate souls, nor superhuman
spirits without bodies.
|Joseph Addison||Reincarnation, A Study of Forgotten Truth By E. D. Walker|
"To look upon the soul as going on from
strength to strength to consider that she is to shine forever with new
accessions of glory and brighten to all eternity; that she will be still
adding virtue to virtue and knowledge to knowledge, carries in it
something wonderfully agreeable to that ambition which is
natural to the mind of man . . ."
. . . . Souls were either created from all eternity, with the result that they are infinitely older than Adam's sin and have no connection with it, or they are formed at the time of conception, with the result that God must exercise eternal vigilance and create in each instance a new spirit that He will render eternally miserable.
|J. W. von Goethe||Memoirs of Johannes Falk|
. . . when one reflects upon the eternity
of the universe, onc can conceive of no other destiny than the Monads should
eventually participate in the bliss of the gods as joyfully cooperating
forces. The work of creation will be intrusted to them . . .
|Friedrich Schiller||His Thesis|
. . . . The soul continues to exercise its
power of thought and views the universe from other aspects. Of course,
one can say, that it has not in the least exhausted this spehere as yet
. . .
|Ralph Waldo Emerson||Journals|
The soul is an emanation of the Divinity,
a part of the soul of the world, a ray from the source of light.
It comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, it
goes out of it anew; it wanders in ethereal regions, it returns to visit
. . . it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal.
|Paul Gaugin||Modern Thought and Catholicism|
The soul . . . cosntitutes the generating
center of all its organism, the pivot around which [everything] gravitates
. . . . The soul, residing temporarily in a special organism, develops
therein its animal faculties . . . and when this special organism breaks
up, as the soul survives, it becomes a germ [which is] qualified from metamorphosis
to metamorphosis, to ascend to a [universal or] general life . . .
|Gustaf Strömberg||The Soul of the Universe|
The human soul is in the first place the ego of the human being, a perceiving, feeling, willing, thinking and remembering entity. It is . . . not a set of memories, but the possessor of a particular group of memories, most of which never rise to the level of consciousness . . . . The soul is something which gives unity to the mental complex of a man . . . . we have become so accustomed to this unity within ourselves that it takes a mental effort to describe it in proper terms and to realize its significance . . .
Some souls have had a few years of development
on earth, while others are completely blank; they are nothing but potentialites.
the opportunities for development differ tremendously among different souls
. . . . the earthly development of most human souls is far from inspiring
. . .
|Raynor C. Johnson||The Imprisoned Splendor|
. . . what the soul has done once by the
process of incarntion in a physical body, it can presumably do again.
(By the "soul" we mean that individualized aspect of the Self, including
. . . the Intuitive self --and Higher Mind, all of which are regarded as
|G. Lowes Dickinson||Ingersoll Lecture|
. . . The soul . . . may be capable of existing without the body, though it be imprisoned in it as in a tomb. It looks out, we might suppose, through the window of the senses; and its vision is obscured or distorted by every imperfection of the glass. "If a man is shut up in a hous," Dr. McTaggart has remarked, "the transparency of the windows is an essential condition of his seeing the sky. But it would not be prudent to infer that if he walked out of the house he could not see the sky, because their was no longer any glass through which he might see. . ."
What . . . is it that . . . the "soul" seeks?
It seeks what is good; but does not know what is the ultimate Good . .
. . The soul, even of the best and most fortunate of us, does not achieve
the Good of which she feels herself to be capable and in which alone she
can rest . . .
|H. P. Blavatsky||Isis Unveiled|
. . . Who ever saw the Immortal Spirit of
man . . . . the sages of the Orient . . . showed us that by combining science
with religion, the existence of [the] immortality of man's spirit may be
demonstrated like a problem of Euclid . . . .
|William Q. Judge||The Ocean of Theosophy|
. . . . by . . . talking of it [the soul]
as something different from oneself, the people have acquired an
underlying notion that they are not souls because the soul may be lost
by them. From this has come about a tendency to materialism causing
men to pay more attention to the body than to the soul. But when
the true teaching is known it will be seen that the core of the soul, which
is the Self, is a vital matter requiring attention every day, and not to
deferred without grievous injury resulting to the whole man, both
body and soul.
|The Key to Theosophy|
. . . . matter, deprived of its soul and
spirit, or its divine essence, cannot speak to the human heart. But
the identity of the soul and spirit, or real, immortal man, . . . once
proven and deep-rooted in our hearts, would lead us far on the road of
real charity and brotherly goodwill.