Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Observations on mysticism

Artist: Arthur Hughes

I want to assert that both of these are very true:

Just as in earthly life lovers long for the moment when they are able to breathe forth their love for each other, to let their souls blend in a soft whisper, so the mystic longs for the moment when in prayer he can, as it were, creep into God.

-- Søren Kierkegaard


Mysticism has been in the past and probably ever will be one of the great powers of the world and it is bad scholarship to pretend the contrary. You may argue against it but you should no more treat it with disrespect than a perfectly cultivated writer would treat (say) the Catholic Church or the Church of Luther no matter how much he disliked them.

-- William Butler Yeats

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful Ellie, and to think...we are all called to be mystics! After reading Kierkegaard's piece how wonderful would it be to then read the Song of Songs.


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