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There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don't you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Him to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise the
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.
Persian poet, theologian
Excerpted from "Hush, Don't Say Anything to God:
Passionate Poems of Rumi," translated by Sharam Shiva
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest
of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert,
and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel
of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst
of a bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with
fire, and the bush was not consumed.
Exodus 3: 1-2
King James Version
Spiritual flight is something which I do not know how to name
and which arises from the inner ground of the soul...It seems to
me as if soul and spirit must be one nature. Somewhat like a fire
that is to become great and has everything ready for burning, so
the soul with her readiness for God resembles a fire: It ignites
swiftly, throws out a
flame, and blazes up, although the fire in its
being is below and does not cease to be a fire by the flame's climb-
ing upward. Thus it occurs to the soul, which so quickly brings forth
something, and moreover something so precious, which ascends
to the upper spheres and arrives where God will have it. It appears
in truth as a flight. I know no other more suitable comparison...
Teresa de Jesus (1515-1582)
aka St. Teresa of Avila
Spanish mystic and monastic reformer, Doctor of the Church
Excerpted from "Ecstatic Confessions,"
by Martin Buber
Harper and Row, 1985
Whatever happens in my life
The good, the bad, everything I find within myself
Love takes it all and
Transforms my soul into itself:
A Fire burns within my heart
trapped deep inside.
Within its enchanted Flame
I will be devoured with Love.
Therese of Lisieux
From "Conversations with Therese of Lisieux"
And in the midst of the lampstands one like a son
of man, wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold
sash around his chest. The hair of his head was as
white wool or as snow, and his eyes were like a
New American Bible
And now the Last Word:
He who is in the sun, and in the fire
and in the heart of man is ONE.
He who knows this is one
with the ONE.
The Upanishads (Hindu)
Comparisons are odious.
Popular 14th century saying
(From what I know of 14th century hygiene, the people were odious too -- Editor)
On today's site:
(Teresa of Avila)