I contemplated man's little spark

lilian's picture

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It doesn't happen to me quite often nowadays that a spiritual figure strikes me. But when it happens, it is magical. It is usually not what he/she says but more the way he/she says it.

Thank you B-friend for making it happen to me with Jakob Böhme.

Here is the piece that amazed me. It is so beautiful and tender.

From Aurora, 1612 by Jakob Böhme
Letters, 1730 edition

I contemplated man's little spark, what it should be valued before God along side of this great work of heaven and earth.

I therefore became very melancholy and highly troubled. No Scripture could comfort me, though I was quite well versed in it.

When in such sadness I earnestly elevated my spirit into God and locked my whole heart and mind,

along with all my thoughts and will, therein, ceaselessly pressing in with God's Love and Mercy, and not to cease until he blessed me

then after some hard storms my spirit broke through hell's gates into the inmost birth of the Godhead, and there I was embraced with Love as a bridegroom embraces his dear bride.

What kind of spiritual triumph it was I can neither write nor speak; it can only be compared with that where life is born in the midst of death, and is like the resurrection of the dead.

In this light my spirit directly saw through all things, and knew God in and by all creatures, even in herbs and grass.

In this light my will grew in great desire to describe the being of God.

I did not climb up into the Godhead, neither can so mean a man as I am do it; but the Godhead climbed up in me, and revealed such to me out of his Love.

For I saw and knew the Being of all beings, the ground and the unground; the birth of the holy trinity; the source and origin of this world and all creatures in divine Wisdom (Sophia).

B-friend's picture

I know how you feel Lilian

I came across Boehme, myself, only a few months ago. Of course, as you read his works, you are drawn into the inherent eloquence and wisdom they contain. Along with the profound impact reading his works had on me when I first started studying them, I find they are truly helpful in grounding one's self into that inner urging as we tend to fade in and out from that tug of war between our accumulated daily habits of life and that inner call that many seekers of truth deal with. For that, I am most thankful, myself, I came across his works, even though there was a touch of regret in the beginning that I did not come across them sooner. Which is what led me to feel that a site like this, that draws seekers together, could be a useful pale to hold the water that is being shared through Boehme.

Like many of us here, I have read and studied many things and many teachers, been smitten by a guru or two, and am living that lifelong journey that never seems to let up no matter how hard we may try to slow it or escape it's ride. Boehme, though, gave me a pause which allowed me to remember that, indeed, ALL we seek is truly within and we don't need any nutcases and tricksters telling us where to look and what it is. Only Love can reveal it to us. One can lose their self in an infinite number of truths in this world along with their accompanying paradigms of reality that so many teachers profess they are the true masters of and so many belief systems try to explain for us. For those of us that have found emptiness in the wonders and truths of this world, Boehme can be a welcome repose. For those that are still enthralled by the many secrets and wonders of this world, Boehme can be a welcome tonic to alleviate some of our drunkenness.

B-friend | Wed, 08/05/2009 - 18:21
samsara's picture

Only Love can reveal it to us

B-friend - you convinced me. I will dedicate some time tomorrow for inspecting Boehme.

Until I encountered Meister Eckhart I was sure Christian mystics cannot appeal to me. Now I read the few pieces posted here and I feel the magic of this man.

PS1. there is truly no pint in regret from whatever direction you look at it as past clearly does not exist.

PS2. You write beautifully.

samsara | Wed, 08/05/2009 - 21:04
kalgo's picture

Beautiful piece. So

Beautiful piece. So beautiful.

The profile of Jakob Böhme is at http://www.gurusfeet.com/guru/jacob-boehme

kalgo | Tue, 08/25/2009 - 11:13