120 Quotations of Mystics

Krumpos, R. (2017)

These are 120 quotations of some prominent mystics, including 24 each of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. They highlight common views, although their terminology may differ.

Orthodox Spirituality, by a Monk of the Eastern Church [Father Lev Gillet] (published by St. Vladimir Seminary Press 1945, 1987): 

“...essential foundations of Orthodox spirituality. The aim of man’s life is union with God (henosis) and deification (theosis). The Greek Fathers have used the term “deification” to a greater extent than the Latins. What is meant is not, of course, a pantheistic identity, but a sharing, through grace, in the divine life. Union with God is the perfect fulfillment of the “kingdom” announced by the Gospel, and of that charity or love which sums up all the Law and Prophets. ‘We are made sons of God’ says St. Athanasius.”  C

“The distinction between persons does not impair the oneness of nature, nor does the shared unity of essence lead to a confusion between the distinctive characteristics of the persons. Do not be surprised that we should speak of the Godhead as being at the same time unified and differentiated...diversity-in-unity and unity-in-diversity.” St. Gregory of Nyssa  C

The Enlightened Mind, edited by Stephen Mitchell  (published by HarperPerennial/HarperCollins 1991, 1993):

“Great knowledge, round and clear, looks at a fine hair and comprehends the ocean of nature; the source of reality is clearly manifest in one atom, yet illumines the whole being. When myriad phenomena arrive, they must be at the same time, in one space; noumenon has no before or after.” Fa-Tsang [Hsien- shou]  B

"This universe is nothing but Brahman. See Brahman everywhere, under all circumstances, with the eye of the spirit and a tranquil heart. How can the physical eye see anything but physical objects? How can the mind of the enlightened man think of anything other than Reality?" Shankara  H
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“We may compare it to a mirror which, though it doesn’t contain any forms, can nevertheless reflect all forms. Why? Because it is free from mental activity. If your mind was clear, it wouldn’t give rise to delusions, and its attachments to subject and object would vanish; then purity would arise by itself, and you would be capable of such perception.” ***-Hai  B

“What formerly was hearsay now becomes known to you intuitively as you contemplate the works of God. Then you entirely recognize you do not have the right to say ‘I’ or ‘mine.’ At this stage you behold your helplessness; desires fall away from you and you become free and calm. You desire what God desires; your own desires are gone...” Abu-Sai’d Abi’l Khayr  I

“To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. To be enlightened by all things is to drop off our body and mind, and to drop off the bodies and minds of others.” Zenji Dogen Kigen  B

“When you lose yourself in God, you proclaim the divine unity. Lose the sense of ‘being lost’ - that is complete detachment.” Sharafuddin Maneri  I

“Love your neighbor like something which you yourself are. For all souls are one. Each is a spark from the original soul and this soul is wholly inherent in all souls, just as your soul is in all members of your body.” Shmelke of Nikolsburg  J

“...so there is nothing in the world but the Creator, blessed be he. This is the opposite of what people imagine; when they are not attached to God but to earthly things, they think that they exist, and they are great in their own eyes. But if, out of love for God, they think they are nothing, and cleave to him with all their mental powers, they are very great, since the branch has come to the root and is one with the root.” Yehiel Mikhal of Zlotchov  J

“Extensive as the ‘external’ world is it hardly bears comparison with the depth- dimensions of our inner being, which does not need even the spaciousness of the universe to be, in itself, almost unlimited. It seems to me, more and more, as though our ordinary consciousness inhabits the apex of a pyramid whose base in us...broadens out to such an extent that the farther we are able to let ourselves down into it, the more completely do we appear to be included in the realities of the earthly and, in the widest sense worldly existence, which are not dependent on time or space.” (2) Rainer Maria Rilke  C

“...most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty - which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.” Albert Einstein  [he said that he was not a mystic]

“God’s grace is the beginning, middle and the end. When you pray for God’s grace, you are like someone standing neck deep in water and yet crying for water.” Ramana Maharshi  H

“God continually showers the fullness of his grace on every being in the universe, but we consent to receive it to a greater or lesser extent.” Simone Weil  J/C

Mysticism in World Religions, by Sidney Spencer (published by Penguin Books 1963, 1971):

“I am He whom I love, and He whom I love is I. We are two spirits in one body. If thou seest me, thou seest Him. And if thou seest Him, thou seest us both.” (1) Hallaj  I

“At the goal, the soul is filled with and enveloped in the love of God. It is indistinguishable from God...all thought of lover, love and the beloved is absent.” Swami Shivananda  H

[Nirvana is] “the annihilation of the ego-conception, freedom from subjectivity, insight into the essence of Suchness, the recognition of the oneness of existence.” Ashvaghosha  B

“Do not err is this matter of self and other. Everything is Buddha without exception. Here is that immaculate and final stage, where thought is pure in its true nature.” Saraha  B

“The man who has felt the divine touch and perceived its nature is no longer separated from his Master, and behold, he is his Master, and his Master is he, for he is so intimately united to Him that he cannot by any means be separated from Him.” Abulafia  J

“Everything is in Thee and Thou art everything; Thou fillest everything and Thou dost encompass it.” Eleazar of Worms  J

“The universe is the outward visible expression of the Real, and the Real is the inner unseen Reality of the universe.” Jami  I

“The heart has two doors, the one turned towards outer things, the other towards the inner kingdom - this door is that of inspiration and revelation.” al-Ghazali  I

“Suddenly God came and united Himself to me in a manner quite ineffable. Without any ‘confusion of persons’ He entered into every part of my being, as fire penetrates iron, or light streams through glass.” St. Simeon [Symeon the New Theologian]  C

“He has created each person’s soul as a living mirror, on which he has impressed the image of his nature. In this way he lives imaged forth in us and we in him, for our created life is one…with this image and life which we have eternally in God.” Ruysbroek  C

The Essential Mystics, by Andrew Harvey (published by Castle Books 1996, 1998):

“When sleep comes to an end a man returns to his senses;
Now my individuality has come to an end and I have returned to Shiva and Shakti.”  Jnaneshwar  H

“Truth is one; It is called by different names. From a lake... the Hindus take water in jars and call it “jal”...Muslims take water in leather bags and call it “pani”...the Christians take the same thing and call it “water.” Suppose someone says that the thing is not jal but pani, or that it is not pani but water, or that it is not water but jal. It would indeed be ridiculous.” Ramakrishna  H

“Every grain of matter, every appearance is one with Eternal and Immutable Reality! Wherever your foot may fall, you are still within the Sanctuary for Enlightenment, though it is nothing perceptible.” Huang-po  B

“Each molecule teaches perfect law, each moment chants true sutra.” Shutaku  B

“God is unified oneness-one without two; inestimable. Genuine divine existence engenders the existence of all creation. The sublime, inner essences secretly constitute a chain linking everything from the highest to the lowest to the edge of the universe.” Moses de Leon  J

“There is one who sings the song of his soul, discovering in his soul everything: utter spiritual fulfillment. Then there is one who expands even further until he unites with all existence, with all creatures, with all worlds, singing a song with all of them.” Abraham Isaac Kook  J

“You thought yourself part, small; whereas in you is a universe, the greatest.” Hazreti ‘Ali  I

“Listen with faith to the call “In all truth, I am God.” He who knows Reality, to whom Unicity is revealed, sees at first gaze the Light of Being. He perceives by illumination that pure light. He sees God first in everything he sees.” Shabestari  I

“When I turn back beyond my senses and reason and pass through the door into eternal life, I discover my true Self, then I begin to see the world as it really is.” Bede Griffiths  C

The Perennial Philosophy, by Aldous Huxley (published by HarperCollins 1944, 2004): 

“One Nature, perfect and pervading, circulates in all natures. One Reality, all-comprehensive, contains within itself all realities.” (1) Yung-chia Ta-Shih  B

“To gauge the soul we must gauge it with God, for the Ground of God and the Ground of the soul are one and the same.” (1) Meister Eckhart  C

“Behold the One in all things; it is the second that leads you astray.” (1) Kabir  I/H

“Eternally, all creatures are God in God. So far as they are in God, they are the same life, same essence, same power, same One, and nothing less.” (1) Henry Suso  C

“I went from God to God, until they cried from me, ‘O thou I.”  (1) Bayazid of Bistun  I

“The soul lives by that which it loves rather than in the body which it animates. For it has not its life in the body, but rather gives it to the body and lives in that which it loves.” (1) St. John of the Cross  C

“Liberation cannot be achieved except by the perception of the identity of the individual spirit with the universal Spirit.” (1) Shankara [Sankara]  H

“Supreme, beyond the power of speech to express, Brahman may yet be apprehended by the eye of pure illumination. Pure, absolute and eternal Reality: such is Brahman and “Thou art That.” Meditate upon this truth within your consciousness.” Shankara [Sankara]  H

“The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine they should see God, as if He stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge.” [Meister] Eckhart  C

“Who is God? I can think of no better answer than, He is who is. Nothing is more appropriate to the eternity which God is. If you call God good, or great, or blessed, or wise, or anything else of this sort, it is included in these words, namely, He is.” St. Bernard  C

“The simple, absolute and immutable mysteries of divine Truth are hidden in the super-luminous darkness of that silence which revealeth in secret. For this darkness, though of deepest obscurity, is yet radiantly clear; though beyond touch and sight, it more than fills our unseeing minds with splendours of transcendent beauty.” Dionysius of Areopagite [Pseudo-Dionysius]  C

“O Friend, hope for Him whilst you live, know whilst you live, understand whilst you live; for in life deliverance abides.
If your bonds be not broken whilst living, what hope of deliverance at death?
It is but an empty dream that the soul shall have union with Him because it has passed from the body.
If He is found now, He is found then.
If not, we do but go to dwell in the City of Death.” Kabir  I/H

“When not enlightened, Buddhas are no other than ordinary beings; when there is enlightenment, ordinary beings at once turn into Buddhas.” ***-neng  B

“All that the imagination can imagine and the reason conceive and understand in this life is not, and cannot be, a proximate means of union with God.” St. John of the Cross  C

“How shall I grasp it? Do not grasp it. That which remains when there is no more grasping is the soul.” Panchadasi [by Vidyaranya]  H

“If thou shouldst say, “It is enough, I have reached perfection,” all is lost. It is the function of perfection to make one know one’s imperfection.” St. Augustine   C

“Mindfulness should be strong everywhere, for mindfulness keeps the mind away from all distraction, into which it might fall and away from idleness.” Buddhaghosa  B

Kabbalah: The Way of the Jewish Mystic, by Perle Epstein (published by Shambhala Classics 1976, 2001):

“They are then actually united with the Divine Essence and, in all aspects, your soul is included with them.” (1) Israel ben Eliezer [Ba’al Shem Tov]  J

“A man should actually detach his ego from his body until he has passed through all the worlds and become one with God.” (1) Maggid of Mezerich [Dov Baer of Mezerich]   J

“All souls form but one unity with the Divine Soul. For God is the beginning and He is the end of all degrees of creation. And all the degrees are bound with His seal. He is the unique Being, in spite of the innumerable forms in which He is clothed.” Rabbi Simeon  J

“Think of yourself as nothing and totally forget yourself as you pray. Only remember that you are praying for the Divine Presence. You may enter the Universe of Thought; a state of consciousness which is beyond time. You must relinquish your ego.” Maggid of Mezerich  J

“One who does not meditate cannot have Wisdom. One who does not meditate also does not realize the foolishness of the world. But one who has a relaxed and penetrating mind can see that it is all vanity.” Rebe Nachman [Nahman of Bratslav]  J

“Unify your heart constantly, at all times, at all hours, in all places, thinking of nothing except me, as I appear in my Torah and ritual. This is the mystery of unity, where a person yokes himself literally with his Creator. Your attitude toward everything in this world must be one of detachment...unifying himself with his source completely.” Joseph Caro [Karo]  J

“Everything depends on the intensity of your concentration and your attachment on high.” The Ari [Isaac ben Solomon Luria]  J

 The Life Divine, by Sri Aurobindo (published by E.P. Dutton & Co. 1949, 2006):

“The divine soul will be aware of all variation of being, consciousness, will and delight as the outflowing, the extension, the diffusion of that self-concentrated Unity developing itself, not into difference and division, but into another, an extended form of infinite oneness.” H

“The Divine Being is at once impersonal and personal: it is an Existence and the origin and foundation of all truths, forces, powers, existences, but it is also the one transcendent Conscious Being and All-Person of whom all conscious beings are the selves and personalities; for He is their highest Self and the universal indwelling Presence.” H

“...true original Conscience in us [is] deeper than constructed and conventional conscience of the moralist, for it is this which points always towards Truth and Right and Beauty, towards Love and Harmony and all that is a divine possibility in us.” (3) H

Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, by Lama Govinda [E. Hoffmann] (published by E.F. Dutton & Co. 1959, 2002):

“In states of rapture, trance and highest intuition, as characterized by the stages of deep absorption in meditation, we experience the Dharmakaya as the luminous form of purely spiritual perception - as pure, eternal principles of form, freed from all accidentals - or as the exalted visions of higher reality.”  B

“To the enlightened man, whose consciousness embraces the universe, the universe becomes his ‘body’, while his physical body becomes a manifestation of the Universal Mind, his inner vision an expression of the highest reality, his speech an expression of eternal truth...” B

“As soon as the Thought of Enlightenment takes root in him, the miserable one who was fettered by his passions to the prison of existence, becomes a son of the Buddhas. He become worthy of veneration in the world of men and gods.” Santideva  B

The Way of the Sufi, by Idries Shah (published by E.P. Dutton & Co. 1970, 1990):

“The Sufi who knows the Ultimate Truth sets and speaks in a manner which takes into consideration the understanding, limitations and dominant concealed prejudices of his audience. To the Sufi, worship means knowledge. Through knowledge he attains sight. The Sufi abandons the three “I’s. He does not say ‘for me’, ‘with me’, or ‘my property’. He must not attribute anything for himself.” Ibn El-Arabi  I

“Seeking truth is the first stage toward finding it. After seeking comes the realization that Truth is also seeking the Seeker himself. The third stage...in which the Sufi is learning from the Way, is when learning reaches a special stage: when the Seeker realizes he is acquiring knowledge in a range beyond ‘seeking’ and ‘finding’ or ‘being sought’.” Pahlawan-i-aif  I

“For him who has perception, a mere sign is enough. For him who does not really heed, a thousand explanations are not enough.” Haji Bektash [Vali]  I

“Truth is a Way to Love, to Knowledge, to Action. But only those who can find real Truth can follow its Path as a Way. Others imagine that they may find Truth, even though they do not know where to seek it, since what they call truth is something less.” Rauf Mazari  I

“What, asks the shallow mind, is the behavior of the Sufis, which marks them out for us as Masters? What are the forms of Exercises of which we may boast? What Path will make a suitable Path for me? What are the places which give birth to Teachers? What are the habits and assurances which bring man to Truth? Desist you fools! Before it is too late, decide: do you want to study appearance, or Reality?” Nawab Jan-Fishan Khan  I

The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana Maharshi, forward C.G. Jung (published by Shambala 1972, 2004):

“...there is no need for endless reading. In order to quiet the mind one has only to inquire within oneself what one’s Self is; how could this search be done in books?”  H

“...therefore, in order to achieve that state of Silence which is beyond thought and word, either the path of knowledge, which removes the sense of “I,” or the path of devotion, which removes the sense of “mine,” will suffice. So there is no doubt that the end of the paths of devotion and knowledge is one and the same.”  H

Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness, by Evelyn Underhill (published currently by CreateSpace 1911, 2011):

“All that is not One must ever suffer with the wound of Absence, and whoever in Love’s city enters, finds but room for One and, but in Oneness, Union.” Jami  I

“Whatever share of this world Thou dost bestow on me, bestow it on Thine enemies, and whatever share of the next world Thou dost give me, give it to Thy friends. Thou art enough for me.” Rabi’a  I

“My me is God, nor do I know my selfhood save in Him. My Being is God, not by simple participation, but by true transformation of my Being.” St. Catherine of Genoa  C

“The end of Sufism is total absorption in God...but in reality it is but the beginning of the Sufi life, for those intuitions and other things which precede it are, so to speak, but the porch by which they enter.” al-Ghazali  I

“...self-love and self-will (those poisons of our spirits) are abated, and in time and in a sort destroyed; and instead of them there enter into the soul the Divine love and Divine will, and take possession thereof.” Augustine Baker  C

“For the eyes of the soul behold a plenitude of which I cannot speak: a plenitude which is not bodily, but spiritual, of which I can say nothing.” Angela of Foligno  C

“God visits the soul in a way that prevents it doubting when it comes to itself that it has been in God and God in it and so firmly is it convinced of this truth...” St. Teresa of Avila  C

Essential Kabbalah: Heart of Jewish Mysticism, by Daniel C. Matt (published by Castle Books 1995, 1997):

“It is impossible [to write about it] because all things are interrelated. I can hardly open my mouth to speak without feeling as though the sea burst its dams and overflowed. How then shall I express what my soul has received? How can I set it down in a book?” Isaac Luria  J

“The essence of divinity is found in every single thing - nothing but it exists. Since it causes every thing to be, no thing can live by anything else. It enlivens them; its existence exists in each existent. Do not attribute duality to God.” Moses Cordovero  J

“The greater you are the more you need to search for your self. Your deep soul hides itself from consciousness. So you need to increase...elevation of thinking, penetration of thought, liberation of mind - until finally your soul reveals itself to you. Then you find bliss...by attaining equanimity, by becoming one with everything that happens, by reducing yourself so extremely that you nullify your individual, imaginary form.” Abraham Isaac Kook  J

Radiant Mind: Essential Buddhist Teachings, edited by Jean Smith (published by Riverhead Books / The Berkeley Publishing Group 1999:

“The great path has no gates, thousands of roads enter it. When one passes through this gateless gate he walks freely between heaven and earth.” (1) Zen poem  B

“The pure Mind, the source of everything, shines forever and on all with the brilliance of its own perfection. But people of the world do not awake to it. Blinded by their own sight, hearing, feeling, and knowing, they do not perceive the spiritual brilliance of the source-substance. If they would only eliminate all conceptual thought in a flash, that source-substance would manifest itself like the sun ascending through the void and illuminating the whole universe without hindrance.” Huang-po  B

“Satori may be defined as an intuitive looking into the nature of things in contradistinction to the analytical or logical understanding of it. Practically, it means the unfolding of a new world heretofore unperceived in the confusion of a dualistically trained mind. ...all its opposites and contradictions are united and harmonized into a consistent organic whole. Satori can thus be had only through our once personally experiencing it.” D.T. Suzuki  B

“The real world is beyond our thoughts and ideas; we see it through the net of our desires; divided into pleasure and pain, right and wrong, inner and outer. To see the universe as it is, you must step beyond the net. It is not hard to do; the net is full of holes.” Nisargadatta  H

“Renunciation is not giving up the things of the world, but accepting that they go away.” Shunryu Suzuki B

Mysticism in the World’s Religions, by Geoffrey Parrinder (published by Oneworld Publications 1976, 1996):

“The One, the most precious, the Infinite, came down to earth; I did not despise his descent as Guru who appeared in grace.” Manikka Vachakar [Manikavavcakar]  H

“The road to Buddhahood is open to all. At all times have all living beings the Germ of Buddhahood in them.” Ratnakarasanti  B

“For all things are in Him and He is in all things: He is both manifest and concealed. Manifest in order to uphold the whole, and concealed for He is found nowhere.” Zohar  J

“Of course God is the “wholly Other”; but He is also the wholly Same, the wholly Present. He is also the mystery of the self-evident, nearer to me than my I.” Martin Buber  J

“The lamp is different, but the light is the same. Love alone can end their quarrel. Love alone comes to the rescue when you cry for help against their arguments.” Rumi  I

Awakening, by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (published by Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam 1999, 2000):

“The soul in its manifestation on the earth is not at all disconnected to the higher spheres. It lives in all the spheres, although it generally is only conscious of one level. Only a veil separates us. The seer’s own soul becomes a torch in his hand. It is his own light that illuminates his path. It is just like directing a searchlight into dark corners which one could not see before.” Hazrat Inayat Khan  I

“...grasping the inner meaning and essence of the illuminated beings who have appeared throughout the ages. Instead of attuning to the historical Jesus, we think instead of the Cosmic Christ, or Buddha Tathagata instead of Siddharta Gautama. As has been stressed by virtually all major religions, whether Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or Islam, the image of the prophet or a saint can only be a stepping-stone toward our direct relationship with the Divine...in which one loses oneself in the Divine Consciousness.”  I

Hinduism: Its Meaning for the Liberation of the Spirit, by Swami Nikhilananda (published by Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center 1958, 1992):

“Brahman is one and without a second, and can be regarded either from the phenomenal or from the transcendental point of view. When the sense-perceived world is regarded as real, Brahman is spoken of as its omnipotent and omniscient Creator, Preserver and Destroyer. But when the world is not perceived to exist, as for instance in deep meditation, then one experiences Brahman as the unconditioned Absolute... One worships the conditioned Brahman in the ordinary state of consciousness, but loses one's individuality during the experience of the unconditioned Brahman.”  H

“The universal religion has no location in time or space. Its area is infinite, like the God it preaches. Krishna, Christ, Buddha, and Moses all have honored places in it. Its sun shines upon all spiritual seekers: Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, or Moslem. There is no room in it for persecution or intolerance. Recognizing the potential divinity of all men and women it devotes its entire force to aiding men to realize their true divine nature. The real universal religion is not a creed or doctrine; it is an experience. It is God-consciousness.”  H

“The nearer we are to God, the closer we shall feel toward other religions. In God we all meet. In order to promote religious harmony, let us deepen our religious consciousness. Let us come nearer to God by following our respective faiths and not by jumping from one faith to another. Let the Hindu, the Moslem, the Christian, the Jew emphasize the spirit and not the letter of their scriptures, and all religious quarrels will stop. All religions are challenged today by a common enemy: the rising tide of skepticism and secularism.”  H

The Roots of Christian Mysticism, by Oliver Clement (published by New City Publications 1982, 1995):    

“You alone have been made in the image of the Reality that transcends all understanding, the likeness of imperishable beauty, the imprint of true divinity, the recipient of beatitude, the seal of true light. When you turn to him you become that which he is himself...he dwells in you and moves within you without constraint.” Gregory of Nyssa  C

“He actually contains in himself all beings, that which had no beginning and will have no end, beyond any notions of duration and nature that our intellect could form for itself. He enlightens the higher part of our being, provided it has been purified.” Gregory Nazianzen  C

“The deified person, while remaining completely human in nature...becomes wholly in God in both body and soul, through grace and the divine brightness of the beatifying glory that permeates the whole person.” Maximus the Confessor  C

An Idealist View of Life, by Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (published by Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam 1932, 2003):

[samadhi] “It is a condition of consciousness in which feelings are fused, ideas melt into one another, boundaries are broken, and ordinary distinctions transcended. Past and present fade away into a sense of timeless being. Consciousness and being are not different from each other. In this fullness of felt life and freedom, the distinction of the knower and known disappears. The privacy of the individual self is broken into and invaded by a universal self which the individual feels as his own. The experience itself is felt to be sufficient and complete. It does not come in fragmentary or truncated form demanding completion by something else. It does not look beyond itself for meaning or validity.”  H

“It is the aim of religion to lift us from our momentary meaningless provincialism to the significance and status of the eternal, to transform the chaos and confusion of life to that pure and immortal essence which is its ideal possibility. If the human mind so changes itself as to be perpetually in the glory of the divine light, if the human emotions transform themselves into the measure and movement of the divine bliss, if human action partakes of the creativity of the divine life, if the human life shares the purity of the divine essence, if only we can support this higher life, the long labour of the cosmic process will receive its crowning justification and the evolution of centuries unfold its profound significance. The divinising of the life of man in the individual and the race is the dream of the great religions. It is the moksha of the Hindus, the nirvana of the Buddhists, the kingdom of heaven of the Christians. It is the realization of one’s native form, the restoration of one’s integrity of being. Heaven is not a place where God lives but an order of being, a world of spirit where the ideas of wisdom, love and beauty exist eternally, a kingdom into which we all may enter at once in spirit, which we can realize fully in ourselves and in society though only by long and patient effort. The world reaches its consummation when every man knows himself to be the immortal spirit, the son of God, and is it. Till this goal is reached, each saved individual is the centre of the universal consciousness. He continues to act without the sense of ego. To be saved is not to be moved from this world. Salvation is not an escape from life. The individual works in the cosmic process no longer as an obscure and limited ego, but as the centre of the divine or universal consciousness embracing and transforming into harmony all individual manifestations. It is to live in the world with one’s inward being profoundly modified. The soul takes possession of itself and cannot be shaken from its tranquility by the attractions and attacks of the world.”  H

“Intuitive insight...is a whole view where the mind in its totality strains forward to know the truth. The realization of this undivided unitary life from which intellect and emotion, imagination and interest arise is the essence of the spiritual life. Ordinarily we are not whole men, real individuals, but wrecks of men, shells of individuals. Our responses are formal and our actions are imitative. We are not souls but human automata.”  H

History of Mysticism, by S. Abhayananda [Stan Trout] (published by Atma Books 1987, 1996):

“He who is escaping from God flees to himself; he who escapes from his own mind flees to the Mind of the universe, confessing that all things of the human mind are vain and unreal, and attributing everything to God.” Philo  J

“May I be far removed from contending creeds and dogmas. Ever since my Lord’s grace entered my mind, My mind has never strayed to seek such distractions.” Milarepa  B

“When the mystery of the oneness of the soul and the Divine is revealed to you, you will understand that you are no other than God.” Ibn (al-) Arabi  I

“Because He is Himself the absolute Ground, in which all contrariety is unity, all diversity is identity, that which we understand as diversity cannot exist in God.” Nicholas of Cusa  C

“One cannot see God without His grace. ...to receive the grace of God one must renounce egotism; one cannot see God as long as one feels “I am the doer.” Ramakrishna  H

Mystical Dimensions of Islam, by Annemarie Schimmel (published by Univ. of North Carolina Press 1975, 1976):

“The gnostics...are drawing nearer to God. They are not themselves, but in so far as they exist at all they exist in God. Their movements are caused by God...their words are the words of God...their sight is the sight of God.” Dhu’l-Nun al-Misri  I

[fana] “I was brought toward complete annihilation and gratified by ending individuality and outward traces, and was exalted to “remaining in God”; and after the ascent I was sent toward the descent, and the door of Divine Law was opened to me.” Khwaja Mir Dard  I

Kabbalah - New Perspectives, by Moshe Idel (published by Yale University Press 1988, 1990):

[devekut]“...causes him to pass from potentiality into the final and perfect actuality, and he and He become one entity, inseparable during this act.” Abraham Abulafia  J

“This is true cleaving, as he becomes one substance with God into whom he was swallowed, without being separate to be considered as a distinct entity.” Shne’ur Zalman of Lyady  J

Daughters of the Goddess: Women Saints of India, by Linda Johnsen (published by Yes International 1994):

“Wherever you look...see that one unique Presence, indivisible and eternal, is manifested in all the universe. That is because God impregnates all things.” (1) Anandamayi Ma  H

“Meditate on the divinity within yourself. Drink the nectar of love that continually pours from the heart of God.” Lalla  H

“Spiritual love is different. ...it leads to unity with the beloved. This unity in love remains forever and ever, always alive, both within and without, and each moment you live in love. It will swallow you completely until there is no ‘you.’ There is only love.” Amritanandamayi Ma [Amma(chi)]  H

Mystics of the Christian Tradition, by Steven Fanning (published by Routledge 2001):

[the unitive way] “At the very onset of prayer the mind is taken hold of by the divine and infinite light and is conscious neither of itself nor of any other being whatever except of him who through love brings about such brightness.” Maximus the Confessor  C

“All that I have written seems to me like straw compared with what has now been revealed to me.” St. Thomas Aquinas  C

Essays in Zen Buddhism, by D.T. Suzuki (published by Grove Press 1949, 2000): 

“One in all, all in One. If only this is realized, there is no worry about not being perfect.” (1) The Third Patriarch of Zen [Seng ts’an]  B

[the principles of Zen] “A special transmission outside the scriptures; no dependence upon words and letters; a direct pointing to the soul of man; the seeing into one’s own nature and thus the attainment of Buddhahood.” Bodhidharma  B

“However deep your knowledge of abstruse philosophy, it is like a piece of hair in the vastness of space; however important your experience in things of the worldly, it is like a drop of water thrown into the unfathomable abyss.” Te-shan Hsuan-chien [Tokusan Senkan]  B

(1) "Introduction" to The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five Traditions of Mysticism, by R.D. Krumpos
(2) "To the non-religious" in The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five Traditions of Mysticism, by R.D. Krumpos
(3) “Duel of the dual" in The Greatest Achievement in Life: Five Traditions of Mysticism, by R.D. Krumpos

These quotations are from my free ebook on comparative mysticism. Download it at http://suprarational.org/gail2012.pdf



(My publication)Posted:Jul 01 2017, 12:00 AM by Ron Krumpos
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