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Of the soul's presentation at court,
in which God shows Himself:
When the poor soul comes to court she is wise
and well-behaved; she gazes merrily upon her
Creator. O how joyfully she is received then.
Then she is silent and desires his praise immeasurably.
Then he shows her, with great desire, his divine heart.
It is like red-gold that burns in a great fire of coals...
Then she says, "Lord, you are my comfort, my desire,
my flowing spring, my sun, and I am your mirror."
Mechtild von Magdeburg (1217 - c. 1285)
German Cistercian nun,
author of "The Flowing Light of the Godhead"
The definition of God according to St. Anselm:
That than which nothing greater can be thought.
PRAYER TO THE SUPREME BEING
Divine Emperor of the Great Net;
Glorious Supreme Being;
Creator of all beings:
Ruler of the Infinite;
Of Transcendent Golden Abode,
In the Magnificent White Pearl Palace;
At once manifest and unmanifest;
Giver of unspoken revelation;
Power of all Spirit;
Ruler of the six dragons in infinite journey;
Having dispersed the cosmic ether to the four winds
in unlimited expanse, eternally;
The Throne of God is dominant
Above all things, of every disposition,
And all are rendered justice supreme
By the Great Scale Unfathomable;
Reigning over 36 heavens and 3000 worlds above,
and 72 earths and 4 great dimensions below...
Oh how majestic, beneficent, supreme and holy is God;
A Creative Power so immense and sublime,
The Supreme Ruler, Celestial Jade Master;
So just in blessing, so fair in mete.
Prayer from the Cao Dai faith
He said: "I am the one I love, and the one I love
is I; we are two souls fused in one body. When you
see me, you see him. When you see him, you see
us." ...Wonderful things were seen of him. Some
whetted their tongues to calumny and brought his
sayings before the caliph. The Imams of Baghdad
also voted to condemn him to death, because he
had said, "I am God!" They demanded that he should
say, "He is God!" He replied, "Yes, everything is he!
You say that he is submerged (in the beings), but
Hussein is submerged; the ocean does not become
submerged, nor does it annihilate."
Hussein al Halladj
(executed in 922)
From "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper and Row, 1985
...You are licking up all the worlds with your
flaming mouths, swallowing them from all
sides. Your powerful radiance is burning the
entire universe, and filling it with splendor,
Bhagavad Gita 11
God: The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting,
all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle, Mind; Soul; Spirit;
Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
From "Science and Health, with
Key to the Scriptures"
Christian Science Publishing Society
AIN SOF is a Kabbalistic term meaning "Without End."
In Kabbalah, Hashem (God) the Transcendent, is called
AIN. AIN means in Hebrew "No Thing," for Hashem is beyond
existence. AIN is neither below nor above; nor is it in movement
or stillness. There is nowhere AIN is. Hashem is Absolute Nothing.
AIN SOF is the the title of God who is everywhere. AIN SOF is the
One to the Zero of AIN. This is the totality of what is and is not.
AIN SOF is God the Immanent, the Absolute ALL. AIN SOF has
no Attributes, because attributes can only be manifest within
finite (limited, bounded) existence realms and AIN SOF
is Infinite, Unbounded, Limitless and Transcendent.
And now the Last Word:
I know very well that in logic God is a "substance."
Yet my thirst for quality is authorised even here:
"We give thanks to thee for thy great glory."
He is this glory.
C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish author and scholar
God is a pure no-thing,
concealed in now and here:
the less you reach for him,
the more he will appear.
17th century German poet
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