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December 10th, 2014

When you no longer love yourself
But love Goodness,
You and your Beloved will become one.
When you love Him, He must love you in return;
In His charity you are drawn to Him
And the two are made one.
This is true union
That admits of no divisions.


-- from Jacopone da Todi: Lauds (Classics of Western Spirituality), Translated by Serge and Elizabeth Hughes
Poetry Chaikhana | Jacopone da Todi (Jacopone Benedetti) - When you no longer love yourself (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
Oh, the futility of seeking to convey
With images and feelings
That which surpasses all measure!
The futility of seeking
To make infinite powers ours!
Thought cannot come to certainty of belief
And there is no likeness of God
That is not flawed.

Hence, if He should call you,
Let yourself be drawn to Him.
He may lead you to a great truth.
Do not dwell on yourself, nor should you --
A creature subject to multiplicity and change -- seek Him;
Rest in tranquility, loftier than action or feeling,
And you will find that as you lose yourself
He will give you strength.


-- from Jacopone da Todi: Lauds (Classics of Western Spirituality), Translated by Serge and Elizabeth Hughes
Poetry Chaikhana | Jacopone da Todi (Jacopone Benedetti) - Oh, the futility of seeking to convey (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
In God the spiritual faculties
Come to their desired end,
Lose all sense of self and self-consciousness,
And are swept into infinity.
The soul, made new again,
Marveling to find itself
In that immensity, drowns.
How this comes about it does not know.


-- from Jacopone da Todi: Lauds (Classics of Western Spirituality), Translated by Serge and Elizabeth Hughes

The entire poem is at the link below, and it is good!
Poetry Chaikhana | Jacopone da Todi (Jacopone Benedetti) - Love beyond all telling (from Self-Annihilation and Charity Lead the Soul...)
If I come out through the sense of touch
I find Your lineaments in every creature;
To try to flee from You is madness.


-- from Jacopone da Todi: Lauds (Classics of Western Spirituality), Translated by Serge and Elizabeth Hughes


Poetry Chaikhana | Jacopone da Todi (Jacopone Benedetti) - How the Soul Through the Senses Finds God in All Creatures

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