Thursday, December 08, 2011

Knowing Before Whom you Stand By Knowing Where you Stand
The Divine Intellect, free of all infirmity, knows things both in their succession and in their simultaneity; it beholds the logical unfolding of things as well as their global possiblity; knowing the substances, it knows as the same time the accidents, at the level of reality - or unreality - that is theirs. Some man in the Middle Ages is walking in some town and thinks he is living "at this present moment," in which supposition he is not more deceived than ourselves of course; now if that man while crossing his street thinks deeply of God, he will immediately shed the aspect of temporal and spacial illusion that separated him from us; the street, in it's false "actuality," limits him no longer, he has come out of the deceptive instantaneity of his corporeal, spatial and psychological situation; while thinking of God he is at our side, and not only that: he is everywhere, at the side of all men, in all worlds; he is in a sense wherever one has thought of the Absolute [Footnote; This could refer to an Absolute {seemingly any viable conception of "the" Divine} still relative in itself; but this "relative Absolute" - creative and saving Being - is absolute in relation to man as such; it is relative only in divinis and in the Intellect] and wherever It will be thought of; and thus maintaining himself in the center, he is like a witness of all things; any question of unconsciousness - or of "lack of imagination" - then no longer counts, for it is as if he were endowed with a consciousness of everything, from the moment that his mind is directed on the divine Void and that thereby he becomes situated at the center of space and time.
Treasures of Buddhism, pp. 40-41

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