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Peter Kingsley

1953 CE –

Sufi, mystic, author, philosopher, scholar; Kingsley describes a "flowering of consciousness” and the birth/beginning of western civilization during the pre-Socratic Greek period based on the influence of Parmenides and Empedocles. He describes Parmenides' nameless goddess who uses words as esoteric seeds and paradoxical divine logic to reveal unity and reality’s oneness. These seminal Orphic and Pythagorean views later distorted by Plato and Aristotle show remarkable similarities to early Buddhist, Taoist, and shamanistic traditions; modern Vedanta, Zen, and Dzogchen.

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A Story Waiting to Pierce You

Quotes by Peter Kingsley (17 quotes)

“always there are people who know how to gather the essence of life and hold it safely, protect it and nurture it until the next seeding”

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“In our unconsciousness we take credit where no credit is due, oblivious to the real source of everything we pretend is ours”

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“the excruciating ache of the awakening love for wisdom… the sacred origin not just of religion but also everything else, of science, technology, education, law, medicine, logic architecture, ordinary daily life”

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“every single civilization including this western world, was brought into being from a sacred place to serve a sacred purpose. And when that purpose is forgotten… the fundamental balance and harmony of its existence become disrupted”

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“behind the walkman, BMWs, all our wonderful technological inventions, … there is a purpose waiting to be discovered”

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“The blackness (emptiness) between the senses - an eternity that never changes but contains the seeds of all change...”

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Themes: Emptiness

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“poems of Parmenides and Empedocles… designed to lead the reader to a direct experience of the oneness of reality and the realization of his or her own divinity.”

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Themes: Poetry Oneness

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“Those who make a difference do so because they are different… prepared to… ignore the warnings and rewrite the rules; plush back the barriers of the impossible.”

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“civilizations, cultures are organisms seeded (seeds = teachings) from another unseen world and planted”

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Themes: Culture Gardening

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“everybody is living a totally wasted life… a sham, living in a dream … we are asleep never really using our senses”

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Themes: Dream Obstacles

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“If those who make history were like those who write it, nothing would ever happen.

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“Civilizations are so quick to identify with their own particular brand of life that… they never have the humility to identify the source of the life and oneness running through their veins.”

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“Genghis Khan... brought with him an all-embracing openness, a religious tolerance based on shamanic principles that was almost as much of a threat to his enemies as anything else. He introduced not just the idea but the reality of international law and trade and travel, and helped lay the foundations for the modern world.”

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“History is not so much a matter of what is remembered or repeated as of the things we prefer to leave unsaid.”

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Themes: History

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“barbarians… are the life behind what we think of as life.”

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Themes: Evolution

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“There is no escaping the barbarians because they are the life behind what we think of as life.”

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Themes: Crazy Wisdom

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“The sacred symbolism of the arrow was carried from Asia to North America: from the Mongols through to the Iroquois. Then with the help of the Iroquois Confederacy as well as the Founding Fathers, its imagery went straight into creating the Great Seal of the United States while its essential message was taken into the US Constitution.”

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Quotes about Peter Kingsley (1 quotes)

“Stunningly original, Peter Kingsley’s work is momentous in its implications.”

Huston Smith 1919 – 2016 CE

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