October 29th, 2016

Dionysius the Areopagite - from The Doctrine of Infinite Growth

Lead us up beyond unknowing and light,
     up to the farthest, highest peak
          of mystic scripture,
     where the mysteries of God's Word
          lie simple, absolute and unchangeable
          in the brilliant darkness of a hidden silence.
     Amid the deepest shadow
          they pour overwhelming light
          on what is most manifest.
     Amid the wholly unsensed and unseen
          they completely fill our sightless minds
     with treasures beyond all beauty.

-- from The Essential Mystics: Selections from the World's Great Wisdom Traditions, Edited by Andrew Harvey
Poetry Chaikhana | Dionysius the Areopagite - from The Doctrine of Infinite Growth


(1) Carrying body and soul and embracing the one,
Can you avoid separation?

(2) Attending fully and becoming supple,
Can you be as a newborn babe?

(3) Washing and cleansing the primal vision,
Can you be without stain?

(4) Loving all men and ruling the country,
Can you be without cleverness?

(5)  Opening and closing the gates of heaven,
Can you play the role of woman?

(6)Understanding and being open to all things,
Are you able to do nothing?

Giving birth and nourishing,
Bearing yet not possessing,
Working yet not taking credit,
Leading yet not dominating,
This is the Primal Virtue.

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 10
Gai-Fu Feng, Jane English version
10 - Daily Tao

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