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#1. The Self in you is the same as the Self Universal. Whatever powers are manifested throughout the world, those powers exist in germ, in latency, in you ... If you realize the unity of the Self amid the diversities of the Not-Self, then Yoga Will not seem an impossible thing to you. - Author: Annie Besant
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#2. The birth of science rang the death-knell of an arbitrary and constantly interposing Supreme Power. - Author: Annie Besant
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#3. Nature is always lavish of her gifts even to the most insignificant forms. The butterflies and moths are richly dowered in this respect. - Author: Annie Besant
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#4. You should always take a religion at its best and not at its worst, from its highest teachings and not from the lowest practices of some of its adherents. - Author: Annie Besant
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#5. The Buddha over and over again spoke clearly and definitely on post-mortem states - as in his conversation with Vasetta. - Author: Annie Besant
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#6. Evil is only imperfection, that which is not complete, which is becoming, but has not yet found its end. - Author: Annie Besant
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#7. The wanting of advice is the sign that the Spirit in you has not yet spoken with the compelling voice that you ought to obey. - Author: Annie Besant
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#8. Not out of right practice comes right thinking, but out of right thinking comes right practice. It matters enormously what you think. If you think falsely, you will act mistakenly; if you think basely, your conduct will suit your thinking. - Author: Annie Besant
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#9. Meditation means this opening out of the soul to the Divine and letting the Divine shine in without obstruction from the personal self. Therefore it means renunciation. It means throwing away everything that one has, and waiting empty for the light to come in. - Author: Annie Besant
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#10. In morals, theosophy builds its teachings on the unity, seeing in each form the expression of a common life, and therefore the fact that what injures one injures all. To do evil i.e., to throw poison into the life-blood of humanity, is a crime against the unity. - Author: Annie Besant
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#11. What is a philosophy? It Is an answer satisfactory to the reason to all the great problems of life. That is what is meant by philosophy. It must satisfy the reason, and it must show the unity underlying the endless diversity of the facts that science observes. - Author: Annie Besant
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#12. Celibacy is not natural to men or to women; all bodily needs require their legitimate satisfaction, and celibacy is a disregard of natural law. - Author: Annie Besant
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#13. A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows. - Author: Annie Besant
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#14. Let Indian history be set side by side with Europe history with what there is of the latter century by century and let us see whether India need blush at the comparison. - Author: Annie Besant
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#15. What is the constitution of the universe? The universe is the manifestation of the divine thought; the thought of God embodies itself in the thought-forms that we call worlds. - Author: Annie Besant
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#16. The misery we inflict on sentient beings slackens our human evolution. - Author: Annie Besant
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#17. No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save. - Author: Annie Besant
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#18. When we recognise that unity of all living things, then at once arises the question - how can we support this life of ours with least injury to the lives around us; how can we prevent our own life adding to the suffering of the world in which we live? - Author: Annie Besant
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#19. There is a charm in making a stew, to the unaccustomed cook, from the excitement of wondering what the result will be, and whether any flavour save that of onions will survive the competition in the mixture. - Author: Annie Besant
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#20. Thought creates character. - Author: Annie Besant
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#21. Those who can serve best, those who help most, those who sacrifice most, those are the people who will be loved in life and honoured in death, when all questions of colour are swept away and when in a free country free citizens shall meet on equal grounds. - Author: Annie Besant
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#22. After death we live for some time in the astral world in the astral body used during our life on earth, and the more we learn to control and use it wisely now the better for us after death. - Author: Annie Besant
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#23. The Atheist waits for proof of God. Till that proof comes he remains, as his name implies, without God. His mind is open to every new truth, after it has passed the warder Reason at the gate. - Author: Annie Besant
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#24. My own life in India, since I came to it in 1893 to make it my home, has been devoted to one purpose, to give back to India her ancient freedom. - Author: Annie Besant
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#25. What, after all, is the object of education? To train the body in health, vigor and grace, so that it may express the emotions in beauty and the mind with accuracy and strength. - Author: Annie Besant
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#26. Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to face many a danger, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle. - Author: Annie Besant
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#27. A common religion is not possible for India, but a recognition of a common basis for all religions, and the growth of a liberal, tolerant spirit in religious matters, are possible. - Author: Annie Besant
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#28. Sun-worship and pure forms of nature-worship were, in their day, noble religions, highly allegorical but full of profound truth and knowledge. - Author: Annie Besant
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#29. Matter is, in its constituent elements, the same as spirit; existence is one, however manifold in its phenomena; life is one, however multiform in its evolution. - Author: Annie Besant
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#30. What is the essence of theosophy? It is the fact that man, being himself divine, can know the divinity whose life he shares. As an inevitable corollary to this supreme truth comes the fact of the brotherhood of man. - Author: Annie Besant
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#31. Better remain silent, better not even think, if you are not prepared to act. - Author: Annie Besant
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#32. Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd. - Author: Annie Besant
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#33. I have ever been the queerest mixture of weakness and strength, and have paid heavily for the weakness. - Author: Annie Besant
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#34. In a 50 mile radius around Chicago one can see the red aura of pain, agony, terror, anger from all the animals being butchered there. - Author: Annie Besant
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#35. In the light of reincarnation life changes its aspect, for it becomes the school of the eternal Man within us, who seeks therein his development, the Man that was and is and shall be, for whom the hour will never strike. - Author: Annie Besant
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#36. Control of the tongue! Vital for the man who would try to tread the Path, for no harsh or unkind word, no hasty impatient phrase, may escape from the tongue which is consecrated to service, and which must not injure even an enemy; for that which wounds has no place in the Kingdom of Love. - Author: Annie Besant
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#37. Jeremiah is a most melancholy prophet. He wails from beginning to end; he is often childish, is rarely indecent, and although it may be blasphemy to say so, he and his 'Lamentations' are really not worth reading. - Author: Annie Besant
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#38. Every person, every race, every nation, has its own particular keynote which it brings to the general chord of life and of humanity. - Author: Annie Besant
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#39. The man of meditation is the man who wastes no time, scatters no energy, misses no opportunity. - Author: Annie Besant
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#40. God is immanent in every atom, all-pervading, all-sustaining,all-evolving; He is its source and its end, its cause and its object, its centre and circumference; it is built on Him as its sure foundation, it breathes in Him as its encircling space; He is in everything and everything in Him. - Author: Annie Besant
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#41. All men die. You may say: 'Is that encouraging?' Surely yes, for when a man dies, his blunders, which are of the form, all die with him, but the things in him that are part of the life never die, although the form be broken. - Author: Annie Besant
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#42. Continents may break up, continents may emerge, but the human race is immortal in its origin and in its growth, and there is nothing to be afraid of, even if the foundations of the earth be moved. - Author: Annie Besant
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#43. Yoga is a science, and not a vague dreamy drifting or imagining. - Author: Annie Besant
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#44. Strange indeed would it be if all the space around us be empty, mere waste void, and the inhabitants of Earth the only forms in which intelligence could clothe itself. - Author: Annie Besant
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#45. The orthodox believers in God are divided into two camps, one of which maintains that the existence of God is as demonstrable as any mathematical proposition, while the other asserts that his existence is not demonstrable to the intellect. - Author: Annie Besant
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#46. As civilisation advances, the deities lessen in number, the divine powers become concentrated more and more in one Being, and God rules over the whole earth, maketh the clouds his chariot, and reigns above the waterfloods as a king. - Author: Annie Besant
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#47. No durable things are built on violent passion. Nature grows her plants in silence and in darkness, and only when they have become strong do they put their heads above the ground. - Author: Annie Besant
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#48. The worlds in which man is evolving as he treads the circle of births and deaths are three: the physical world, the astral or intermediate world, the mental or heavenly world. - Author: Annie Besant
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#49. Theosophy has no code of morals, being itself the embodiment of the highest morality; it presents to its students the highest moral teachings of all religions, gathering the most fragrant blossoms from the gardens of the world-faiths. - Author: Annie Besant
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#50. No circumstances can ever make or mar the unfolding of the spiritual life. Spirituality does not depend upon the environment; it depends upon one's attitude towards life. - Author: Annie Besant
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#51. Nothing but an imperious intellectual and moral necessity can drive into doubt a religious mind, for it is as though an earthquake shook the foundations of the soul, and the very being quivers and sways under the shock. - Author: Annie Besant
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#52. Every form, not being the whole, must, of necessity, be imperfect; less than the whole, it cannot be identical with the whole, and being less than the whole and, therefore, imperfect by itself, it shows imperfection as evil, and only the totality of a universe can mirror the image of God. - Author: Annie Besant
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#53. The mental body, like the astral, varies much in different people; it is composed of coarser or of finer matter, according to the needs of the more or less unfolded consciousness connected with it. In the educated it is active and well-defined; in the undeveloped it is cloudy and inchoate. - Author: Annie Besant
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#54. A people can prosper under a very bad government and suffer under a very good one, if in the first case the local administration is effective and in the second it is inefficient. - Author: Annie Besant
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#55. Clairvoyants can see flashes of colour, constantly changing, in the aura that surrounds every person: each thought, each feeling, thus translating itself in the astral world, visible to the astral sight. - Author: Annie Besant
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#56. The essence of religion is the knowledge of God which is eternal life. That and nothing less than that is religion. Everything else is on the surface, is superfluous save for the needs of men. - Author: Annie Besant
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#57. To me in my childhood, elves and fairies of all sorts were very real things, and my dolls were as really children as I was myself a child. - Author: Annie Besant
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#58. I will suggest that the great aim of our education is to bring out of the child who comes into our hands every faculty that he brings with him, and then to try to win that child to turn all his abilities, his powers, his capacities, to the helping and serving of the community which is a part. - Author: Annie Besant
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#59. Never yet was a nation born that did not begin in the spirit, pass to the heart and the mind, and then take an outer form in the world of men. - Author: Annie Besant
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#60. An accurate knowledge of the past of a country is necessary for everyone who would understand its present, and who desires to judge of its future. - Author: Annie Besant
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#61. Men are at every stage of evolution, from the most barbarous to the most developed; men are found of lofty intelligence, but also of the most unevolved mentality; in one place there is a highly developed and complex civilisation, in another a crude and simple polity. - Author: Annie Besant
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#62. There is much, of course, in the exclusive claims of Christianity which make it hostile to other faiths. - Author: Annie Besant
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#63. Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good Karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain which is wrought out of our virtues holds as firmly and as closely as that forged from our vices. - Author: Annie Besant
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#64. India is the mother of religion. In her are combined science and religion in perfect harmony, and that is the Hindu religion, and it is India that shall be again the spiritual mother of the world. - Author: Annie Besant
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#65. Man is ever searching for the source whence he has come, searching for the life which is upwelling within him, immortal, nay, eternal and divine; and every religion is the answer from the Universal Spirit to the seeking spirits of men that came forth from Him. - Author: Annie Besant
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#66. Never yet has a God been defined in terms which were not palpably self-contradictory and absurd; never yet has a God been described so that a concept of Him was made possible to human thought. - Author: Annie Besant
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#67. The world, with all its beauty, its happiness and suffering, its joys and pains, is planned with the utmost ingenuity, in order that the powers of the Self may be shown forth in manifestation. - Author: Annie Besant
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#68. There can be no wise politics without thought beforehand. - Author: Annie Besant
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#69. Morality is the Science of harmonious relations between intelligent beings. - Author: Annie Besant
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#70. Science regards man as an aggregation of atoms temporarily united by a mysterious force called the life-principle. To the materialist, the only difference between a living and a dead body is that in the one case that force is active, in the other latent. - Author: Annie Besant
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#71. Islam believes in many prophets, and Al Quran is nothing but a confirmation of the old Scriptures. - Author: Annie Besant
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#72. A prophet is always much wider than his followers, much more liberal than those who label themselves with his name. - Author: Annie Besant
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#73. The idea that Buddhism denies what is called in the West 'individual immortality' is a mistake, so far as the Buddhist scriptures are concerned. - Author: Annie Besant
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#74. That is the true definition of sin; when knowing right you do the lower, ah, then you sin. Where there is no knowledge, sin is not present. - Author: Annie Besant
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#75. We learn much during our sleep, and the knowledge thus gained slowly filters into the physical brain, and is occasionally impressed upon it as a vivid and illuminative dream. - Author: Annie Besant
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#76. India is a country in which every great religion finds a home. - Author: Annie Besant
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#77. When we realise our oneness with our RULER, then the matter shall have no longer power over us, and we shall see it as the unreality it is. - Author: Annie Besant
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#78. The destruction of India's village system was the greatest of England's blunders. - Author: Annie Besant
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#79. The idea of reverence for God is transmitted from parent to child, it is educated into an abnormal development, and thus almost indefinitely strengthened, but yet it does appear to me that the bent to worship is an integral part of man's nature. - Author: Annie Besant
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#80. I often think that woman is more free in Islam than in Christianity. Woman is more protected by Islam than by the faith which preaches monogamy. In AI Quran the law about woman is juster and more liberal. - Author: Annie Besant
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#81. The body is never more alive than when it is dead; but it is alive in its units, and dead in its totality; alive as a congeries, dead as an organism. - Author: Annie Besant
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#82. Man peoples his current living space with a world of his own, crowded with the offspring of his fancies, desires, impulses, and passions. - Author: Annie Besant
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#83. Liberty is a great celestial Goddess, strong, beneficent, and austere, and she can never descend upon a nation by the shouting of crowds, nor by arguments of unbridled passion, nor by the hatred of class against class. - Author: Annie Besant
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#84. Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment. - Author: Annie Besant
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#85. My first serious attempts at writing were made in 1868, and I took up two very different lines of composition; I wrote some short stories of a very flimsy type, and also a work of a much more ambitious character, 'The Lives of the Black Letter Saints.' - Author: Annie Besant
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#86. Where love rules, laws are not needed. - Author: Annie Besant
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#87. Representative institutions are as much a part of the true Briton as his language and his literature. - Author: Annie Besant
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#88. It is the duty of the followers of Islam to spread through the civilised world, a knowledge of what Islam means - its spirit and message. - Author: Annie Besant
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#89. There is far more misunderstanding of Islam than there is, I think, of the other religions of the world. So many things are said of it by those who do not belong to that faith. - Author: Annie Besant
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#90. There is no birthright in the white skin that it shall say that wherever it goes, to any nation, amongst any people, there the people of the country shall give way before it, and those to whom the land belongs shall bow down and become its servants. - Author: Annie Besant
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#91. No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism. - Author: Annie Besant
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#92. Empty-brained triflers who have never tried to think, who take their creed as they take their fashions, speak of atheism as the outcome of foul life and vicious desires. - Author: Annie Besant
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#93. Among the various vernaculars that are spoken in different parts of India, there is one that stands out strongly from the rest, as that which is most widely known. It is Hindi. A man who knows Hindi can travel over India and find everywhere Hindi-speaking people. - Author: Annie Besant
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#94. Muhammadan law in its relation to women, is a pattern to European law. Look back to the history of Islam, and you will find that women have often taken leading places - on the throne, in the battle-field, in politics, in literature, poetry, etc. - Author: Annie Besant
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#95. The highest Hindu intellectual training was based on the practice of yoga, and produced, as its fruit, those marvellous philosophical systems, the six Darshanas and the Brahma Sutras, which are still the delight of scholars and the inspiration of occultists and mystics. - Author: Annie Besant
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#96. The soul grows by reincarnation in bodies provided by nature, more complex, more powerful, as the soul unfolds greater and greater faculties. And so the soul climbs upward into the light eternal. And there is no fear for any child of man, for inevitably he climbs towards God. - Author: Annie Besant
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#97. Death cannot touch the higher consciousness of man ... it can only separate those who love each other so far as their lower vehicles are concerned; the man living on earth, blinded by matter, feels separated from those who have passed onwards, but ... there is no such thing as Death at all. - Author: Annie Besant
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#98. I was a wife and mother, blameless in moral life, with a deep sense of duty and a proud self-respect; it was while I was this that doubt struck me, and while I was in the guarded circle of the home, with no dream of outside work or outside liberty, that I lost all faith in Christianity. - Author: Annie Besant
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#99. The Roman Catholic Church, had it captured me, as it nearly did, would have sent me on some mission of danger and sacrifice and utilised me as a martyr; the Church established by law transformed me into an unbeliever and an antagonist. - Author: Annie Besant
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#100. Theosophy tries to bridge the gulf between Buddhism and Christianity by pointing to the fundamental spiritual truths on which both religions are built, and by winning people to regard the Buddha and the Christ as fellow-laborers, and not as rivals. - Author: Annie Besant
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