Monday, May 05, 2008

From Everlasting To Everlasting

"The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown. I thought it had stood from everlasting to everlasting. The dust and the stones of the street were as precious as gold; the gates were at first the end of the world. The green trees when I saw them first through one of the gates, transported and ravished me, their sweetness and unusual beauty made my heart to leap, and almost mad with ecstasy, they were such strange and wonderful things. The men! O what venerable and reverent creatures did the aged seem! Immortal Cherubim! And the young men glittering and sparkling angels, and maids, strange seraphic pieces of life and beauty. Boys and girls tumbling in the street, and playing, were moving jewels ... I knew not that they were born or should die. But all things abided eternally as they were in their proper places. Eternity was manifest in the Light of the Day, and something infinite behind everything appeared ..."
and
"All appeared new and strange at first, inexpressibly rare and delightful and beautiful. I was a little stranger which at my entrance into the world was saluted and surrounded with innumerable joys. My knowledge was Divine; I knew by intuition those things which since my Apostacy I collected again by the highest reason. My very ignorance was advantageous. I seemed as one brought into the state of innocence. All things were spotless and pure and glorious; yea, and infinitely mine and joyful and precious. I knew not that there were any sins, or complaints or laws. I dreamed not of poverties, contentions, or vices. All tears and quarrels were hidden from my eyes. Everything was at rest, free and immortal. I knew nothing of sickness or death or exaction. In the absence of these I was entertained like an angel with the works of God in their splendour and glory; I saw all in the peace of Eden ... All Time was Eternity, and a perpetual Sabbath ..."

from Centuries of Meditation by Thomas Traherne (via the Introduction to Israel Regardie's The Golden Dawn)

4 comments:

Andrew Phillip Smith said...

Dean, that is one of my favourite passages from Thomas Traherne and I have been planning to include it in The Gnostic at some point.

Andrew

Dean Wilson said...

Hey Andrew - I haven't read Traherne's book (but now intend to buy and read it), but these quotes alone are very stimulating to say the least. I can definitely understand why you want to include them in The Gnostic, and eagerly await the first issue this Summer :)

-D

Anonymous said...

Dear Dean

your email id is not mentioned in the blog. Your theory on how the world was created is much simola to that of what our sect in India told us. I ceased my faith in that sect longtime back. I need some enlightenment on certain questions.
please reply me at coolbash@rediffmail.com

Awaiting your reply
Richa

Anonymous said...

Dear Dean

your email id is not mentioned in the blog. Your theory on how the world was created is much simola to that of what our sect in India told us. I ceased my faith in that sect longtime back. I need some enlightenment on certain questions.
please reply me at coolbash@rediffmail.com

Awaiting your reply
Richa