Thoughts for Aspirants, compiled of Notes and Writings of N. Sri Ram, The Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India, 1957
Thoughts for aspirants
N. Sri Ram
With the sword of my will, I carve for myself a throne in the realm of the Spirit, which I shall ascend.
[ in the original booklet there are 15 more chapters. There is also a second volume. So, if you find this book somewhere, buy it! - well worth your cash. The esteem people have for it can be seen from the fact that new E.S. (Esoteric Section) members often receive it as a gift on the day they enter the E.S. ]
- The underlying truth of all things, the essential truth of everything that presents itself, is the Unity of Life; the moldings are different, but the substratum is the same.
- Unity is an overmastering principle which gradually masters each diversity and brings it within the scope of an integrated expression.
- Unity is the mark of the Absolute, expressed as harmony in relative things.
- The deeper we plumb the philosophic basic of our thought with regard to the nature of existence, the more do we realize the necessity for a principle of Unity in the universe, if the universe is capable of a philosophic summing-up.
- Though indivisibility is the mark of the Spirit, the glories of Unity can only be made manifest by duality; differentiation is needed to awaken love and understanding.
- Whatever the gradations by which the One becomes the Many, by those same gradations the many have to re-become the One.
- All the children of God - men, animals, trees, minerals, elemental lives - shall together go back to their common Parent, but in union amongst themselves.
- Nourished with a sense of the Unity, you will be able to digest the differences.
- Under the influence of his own higher mind, which is even now appearing above the horizon, man must synthesize and prove by action that difference need not clash with difference, but should be built up into a unity.
- Unity is the deepest underlying fact of all. When from that Unity there goes forth the Word or impulse which is bodied in the manifested universe, it seems as if the Unity is lost, but in reality it is only hidden.
- Whether in a speck of dust, or in a leaf or flower, or in the least living thing, it is the One Life which exists as the innermost reality, the Truth of truths.
- The sense of Unity becomes real only when tested by differences, when it asserts itself in the midst of separation, when it is carried into every detail and particular in the world of obstructive matter.
- Unity is an immaculate wholeness.
- All ideas which express the Truth are unities, forms of harmonies manifesting themselves in diversity.
- When Unity is established within yourself, everything is related, the whole universe becomes one vast tree of life; once we enter the life of that tree we can proceed to any point on its branches.
- The deepest and the one all-embracing truth experienced by a consciousness able to hold itself free of every reaction, whether to the world of sense and matter or to the images stored in memory, is the truth of the oneness of life.
- Our common task is to unite ourselves for all constructive purposes, to promote every kind of regenerative contact and co-operation in every sphere of human life.
- There is a mysterious point in which all individualities participate, in which they find their absolute union.
- From the One Reality, which is neither Spirit nor Matter but both, life issues, and issuing flows endlessly in streams, branching more and more into innumerable single lives, each specialized in its way, thus manifesting an infinite diversity of effects, qualities and capabilities. This process reaching its limit, the differentiated lives turn back to unite, thus to re-become the Unity they ever were.
- In Unity there is not self and not otherness. There is only the One who reveals Himself in incomparable modes.
- The light of Unity breaking through the screen of separation constitutes the glory of life.
- If the Unity is a summation as well as the origin, the experience of it must include the experience of every partial sum, of the included harmonies within the total harmony.
- The truth which is in ourselves, but lost by our minds, is the truth of Unity, which is behind everything and related to everything.
- The perfection towards which each thing evolves, along with the perfection of every other thing, must make a whole, because they are all aspects of One Being which is perfect.
- The sense of Unity is the core of true service.
- Separateness must break itself, and unity prevail.
- The forces which make for Unity make for creativity in beauty, and an all-embracing and unconfinable happiness.
- The temple of humanity will not have its walls complete except by the increasing sharing by all men of the world's varied treasures of thought and beauty.
- There is unity in individuality, which is a thing of parts in its expression, but single in its soul.
- We must achieve that state in which there is unity, a state of wholeness which can exist simultaneously with the differences.
- Strive for that sense of unity which makes you logical, practical and thorough.
- Inwardly let me relate myself to all, and offer that relationship to the One who blesses all union.
- Without the principle of Unity there can be no coherence, no hope and no certainty of harmony in a world of turmoil and diversity.
- First, there is Unity. In the infinite pliability of that Unity is the origin of all differences, each with its own distinctive value. The Unity is eventually also the synthesis of these values.
- Man needs to realize the unity of mankind, which means brotherhood translated into justice in his dealings, harmony in his thoughts and feelings, and co-operation in action.
- When cognition takes in both life and form, there is the perception of the unity in diversity.
- We transcend the little self and develop the awareness of our unity with others only as we go out in love which seeks to help and serve.
- Since humanity is one, in some manner our own thoughts, prayers, aspirations and efforts must tell in the shaping of all men's thoughts and actions.
- In him who has touched the Unity there is its music; and that music in him is the music of himself, created by the Unity.
- When Unity becomes a real experience to us, we will enter the penumbra of life in the Spirit and feel its effects, feel an affinity with everyone and everything around us.
- Unity lies for us in what holds differences together. It lies in Law, it lies in Purpose, it lies in Love, it lies in the soul of Beauty.
- Man is an individual, but also part of a living whole, a throbbing, radiating being, whose influences for good and ill must be poured into the lives of others, and theirs received into his. He cannot evolve except in relation to his fellow-beings.
- The practice of the unity amidst the differences makes a man spiritual in his life as he is spiritual in essence, and will prepare him for the knowledge of the Truth, which is the Divine Wisdom.
- There is a design for all humanity, which will be manifested only as humanity becomes a whole, a design which will make clear all that has gone before.
- Plunge into the depths of yourself, where you are one with all humanity, and arise with a thousand joys and sorrows, which are the experiences of humanity.
- Proclaim it in any way we may, in any beautiful form, with any illustrations, if we can produce the consciousness of a Unity in all the diversity, a kinship between all animated forms, we will be bestowing on the world the greatest blessing.