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Walt Whitman, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Traherne, Talmud, Heraclitus
Why do we all yearn for meaning in life?
How is it we sense there is so much more to
us than just our bodies? And why are we even
capable of perceiving the concept of "infinite?"
The soul: that intuitive spark of the Divine.
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Grand is the Seen
Grand is the seen, the light, to me - grand are the sky and stars,
Grand is the earth, and grand are lasting time and space,
And grand are their laws, so multiform, puzzling, evolutionary;
But grander far the unseen soul of me, comprehending endowing all those,
Lighting the light, the sky and stars, delving the earth, sailing the sea,
(What were all those, indeed, without thee, unseen soul? of what amount without thee?)
More evolutionary, vast, puzzling, O my soul!
More multiform far - more lasting thou than they.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
American poet, essayist, journalist
We must not forget that the human soul, however
independently created our philosophy represents it
as being, is inseparable, in its birth and in its growth,
from the universe into which it was born.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)
French philosopher, paleontologist, Jesuit priest
From "The Divine Milieu"
Souls are God's jewels, every one
of which is worth many worlds.
Thomas Traherne (ca. 1636 - ca. 1674)
English poet, parish priest and mystic
From "Centuries of Meditations"
In Rabbinic phrase the human soul is a tiny
lamp kindled from the Divine torch; it is the
vital spark of heavenly flame.
The Last Word:
However far you go, you will never
find the boundaries of the soul.
Heraclitus (6th-5th century BC)
Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
All around I see Nothing pretending to be Something,
Emptiness pretending to be Fullness.
Ancient Chinese teacher, philosopher, politician
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