"What is the standard by which to test the veracity of religious insights?
"Such a standard would have to be an idea, not an event. It would have to be an ultimate idea, worthy of serving as an indentification of the divine and at the same time the supreme idea in human thinking, a universal idea. Such an idea is oneness or love, which is an expresssion of oneness.
"All knowledge and understanding in science, art, ethics, as well as in religion, rest upon its validity. Oneness is the norm, the standard and the goal. If in the afterglow of a religious insight we can see a way to gather up our scattered lives, to unite what lies in strife, we know it is a guidepost on His way."
"There emerges a new and different social consciousness, expressed by one man in terms of hunger and starvation: 'I can no longer protect myself from the reality of starvation by pretending that people who starve are nameless, faceless strangers. I know now who they are. They're just like me, only they're starving. I can no longer pretend that the collection of political agreements we call "countries" separates me from the child who cries out in hunger half-way around the world. We are one, and one of us is hungry.' "
—Aquarian Conspiracy Page 101
"Does anyone think it's easy
To be a creature in this world?
To ask for reasons
When all reasons serve only
To make the darkness darker,
And to break the heart?—Not only of man,
But of all breathing things?
Perhaps, friends, it is time
To take a stand
Against all this senseless hurt."
"In the Sikh version of the good life for the world today, peoples of all nationalities and are considered equal. The tenth guru proclaimed: 'Let it be known that mankind is one, that all men belong to a single humanity. So too with God, whom Hindu and Muslim distinguish with differing names … . There is no difference between a temple and mosque, nor between the prayers of Hindu or a Muslim. Though differences seem to mark and distinguish, all men are in reality the same.' "
"From the Great Spirit, there came a great unifying life force that flowed in and through all things: the flowers of the plains, blowing winds, rocks, trees, birds, animals, and there was the same force that had been breathed into the first man. Thus all things were kindred and were brought together by the same Great Mystery."
—Geronimo, Bedonkohe ~ Apache
"Now I've been happy lately, thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be, something good has begun
Oh I've been smiling lately, dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be, some day it's going to come… "
"… We are one, you and I
We are like the earth and sky
One family under the sun
"All the wisdom to lead
All the courage that you need
You will find when you see
We are one"
"I and my Father are one."—John 10:30
"Everything in our universe is nothing more than energy. That is, at the very core of its being, everything is vibrating to a certain frequency."
—Dr. Wayne Dyer
By JoAnn Kite, Kitewriter13@aol.com
"All things are intertwined, the one with the other, and sacred is the bond" wrote Marcus Aurelius, "for all things have been marshaled in order and constitute the one Cosmos. There is one God through all, and one Substance, and one Law, and one common Reason of intelligent beings, and one Truth." There were other prominent pagan Romans who also were able to perceive this, as well as Greek philosophers. For instance, Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, knew that "There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy. The whole organism and each one of its parts are working in conjunction for the same purpose…the great principle extends to the extremest part, and from the extremest part it returns to the great principle, to the One nature." (De Alimento)
"St Irenaeus knew that 'It has been the universal opinion of humankind from ancient times, from the earliest tradition of the protoplast, that there is one God the Maker of heaven and earth. For nature reveals its Author, the work suggests the Artist, and the world manifests its Designer.' (Against Heresies) Through their study and contemplation of the life within and around them, as well as by meditating on the life of Christ, the mystics and saints were enabled to further resonate and incarnate this living Idea of Oneness, and their exemplary lives are proof that this Truth is real and effective when It is acknowledged and vibrated with. St. Augustine, in "The Blessed Life", writes "This is the full satisfaction of souls, this the happy life: to recognize piously and completely the One, through Whom you are led into the truth, the nature of the truth you enjoy, and the bond that connects you with the supreme measure."
" 'There is a universal influx from God into the souls of men of the truth that there is a God, and that He is one,' writes Emanuel Swedenborg, 'Human reason can, if it will, perceive and be convinced, from many things in the world, that there is a God, and that He is one.' "
"And this Idea is not exclusive to the Graeco-Roman world or to Christianity. Virtually all religions and spiritual traditions recognize this Oneness and are born of this Oneness. Modern day fragmentation, dissociation, skepticism and nihilism are diseases of perception which can only be cured by learning once again to recognize this Oneness and vibrate to its eternal Truth. As the following quotes show, Jesus' statement that 'The Father and I are One' vibrates and resonates throughout our conscious and meta-conscious continuum:"
"Grandfather Waken-Tanka, you are the first and always have been. Everything belongs to you. It is you who have created all things. You are one and alone."—Dakota Sioux Invocation
"God is a unified Oneness. The sublime, inner essences secretly constitute a chain linking everything from the highest to the lowest. Everything is catenated in its mystery, caught in its Oneness. God is One, Gods secret is One, all the worlds below and above are all mysteriously One. Divine existence is indivisible. The entire chain is One. Down to the last link, everything is linked with everything else, so divine essence is below as well as above, in heaven and on earth. There is nothing else."—Moses de Leon, 13th century Philosopher, quoted in 'The Essential Kabbalah'
"As a single sun illuminates the whole world, even so does the One Spirit illumine every body."—The Bhavagad Gita
"He is the One, self-proceeding, and from Him all things proceed. And in them He Himself exerts His activity."—Orphic Hymn, quoted in Isis Unveiled, volume 2
"God is One and alone, and none other exists with Him; God is the One, the One who has made all things."—The Egyptian Book of the Dead
"If the cooperation of some thousands of millions of cells in our brain can produce our consciousness, the idea becomes vastly more plausible that the cooperation of humanity may determine a Great Being."—J B S Haldane – Essay on Science and Ethics, quoted in Teilhard de Chardins Phenomenon of Man
"All things are derived from One great Principle, and this Principle is the unknown and invisible God. From Him a substantial power immediately proceeds, which is the image of God, and the source of all subsequent emanations. Matter is nothing more than the most remote effect of the emanative energy of the Deity."—Kabbalah, quoted in Isis Unveiled, vol. 2
"He who is in the Fire, and He who is in the Heart, and He who is in the Sun, are all One and the Same, and he who knows this becomes one with the One."—The Upanishads
"There was and ever is one thing alone, even Mind, the source of intellectual Light: and besides the unity of this one thing, there is nothing else in being. The Mind, ever existing in itself, ever encompasses all things with its own Light and Spirit. There is no god, nor angel, nor daemon, nor any other being, that is outside of Him and subject to Him."—Hermetica, Fragment 23
"Stepping inward softly so as not to crush shy dreams and impulses, we shall marvel as our minds little by little disclose the completeness and oneness we potentially are."—Helen Keller – Let Us Have Faith.