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25 Oct 2015
Just as the human embryo is nourished and kept alive in complete dependence upon the mother inside whose body it is carried, its consciousness being in dreamless slumber like a hibernating animal, so the human adult is in reality just as dependent for his own existence on the Overself...
15 Jun 2014
One day the modern world will wake up to the fact that the four fundamental tenets which the inspired religious prophets taught the old world are as literally true as that two times two is four. That there is an indefinable Power--God--which was never born and will never die. That evil-doing brings a punitive result. That man is called to practise regularly the moral duty of self-control and the spiritual duty of prayer or meditation... These truths have always been present, outside human opinion, suggestion, or imagination, inherent in Life itself.
7 Aug 2013
We are like flowers torn from our natural soil and suffering the misery of separation. Our fervid mystical yearnings represent the recognition of our need to reunite with our Source.
7 Oct 2019
If he were not already rooted in spiritual being--yes, here and now!--he would not be able to feel the longing to find that being.
25 Jan 2011
All things and all creatures are within the World-Mind, draw their current of life and intelligence from this source. This is why, in the end, they come to feel nostalgic for it; this is why religions arise and mystics seek.
26 Sep 2017
The spiritual instinct may appear to be totally dormant in a man but it is never killed. In another birth, and after other experiences, it will return.
25 Sep 2012
A religious revelation is also a carrier of good news, the gospel that there is a higher power, that we are all in relation with it, and that because of this relationship we can have access to truth, goodness, beauty, reality, and peace.
19 Aug 2017
The philosophical teaching is that the return of every prophet is an inward event and not a physical one. The common people, with their more materialist and less subtle apprehension, expect to see his body again. The initiates expect only to find his mental presence in themselves.
20 Apr 2014
... Jesus keeps ever in inner contact with those who need him--and that means millions. He is not dead, cannot die. And the love which brought him here from afar keeps him here.
23 Nov 2015
Men and women were being enlightened before Gautama arose and after Jesus went. And they are being enlightened today as they will still be in ages yet unborn. Inspired teachers may come and go but the Soul in every man is eternal.
31 Mar 2018
He feels sincerely that he has been entrusted with a revelation, that he has a message to deliver which is valuable and important to thousands of people, and that the task of delivering it is an exalted service, a holy privilege that needs no other reward than the moral satisfaction it brings him…
17 May 2015
Whether it be a religion of impressive ceremonial and organized priesthood, or one of utter simplicity and without intermediaries, it will serve men only to the extent that it helps each individual follower to come closer to the Overself.
10 Jan 2015
If everything was not told to the masses, it was largely because everything would not be acceptable to the masses, or the simple ones, as Origen, a Church Father himself, called them. Or it was too metaphysical for them, as the history of Alexandria, with its violent riots against the schools of Philosophy, showed. Origen staunchly included reincarnation and meatless diet in his teachings there, but how far has either of these two been taken hold of by the masses then or since?
26 May 2019
… Experience justifies our own attitude that religion is needed in the sense that belief in a higher Being is needed.
4 May 2019
Truth needs to be expressed again and again, each time differently, because it must be expressed each time in the idiom of its period.
27 Dec 2016
There is no single approach which is the only true one, the only true religion. God is waiting at the end of all roads. But some suit us better than others.
28 Jun 2016
... The men of this era have to be led closer to the freedom of their higher self...
24 Mar 2018
It cannot be said that these truths have been kept from the masses. Rather, the masses' own limitations have kept them from these truths.
10 Jul 2018
The man whose idea of himself is strictly limited to his little ego, and who is excessively attached to it, will naturally tend to form an idea of God as being a kind of gigantic person.