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Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition
Valentin Tomberg
The power of these meditations is that they reflect the author's personal spiritual journey into the depths of God's kingdom within...within the soul, within personal relations, within nature, within the cosmos.

1 "The decade (10 Sephiroth) of existence out of nothing has its end linked to its beginning and its beginning linked to its end, just as the flame is wedded to the live coal; because the Lord is one and there is not a second one." The Sepher Yetzirah, the Book of Creation, L. H. Frank 1877, p. 16

2 "The being or substance of the true self of man, the breath of life, which is breathed out by God, is the breath of love, of God's love, which is the origin – and also the very being itself – of the life of the soul."

3 "The Creator is simultaneously knowing, the knower, and that which is known. In fact, His manner of knowing does not consist in Him directing His thinking to things that are outside of Him; in that He Himself thinks and is knowing. He knows of everything and sees everything which is. Nothing exists that is not one with Him and which does not subsist in His own substance. He is the prototype of every being, and all beings are in Him in their purest and complete form, so that the perfection of created beings actually exists in the mind of that Perfect One." Moses of Cordova, 'Commentary to the Zohar', Pardies Rimmonium, 55a

4 "Justice represents the crown of Man's moral development – what might be called 'wisdom become flesh'."

5 "As an idea, the resurrection is the realisation that God is divinely generous, that he does not take away again what he has once given and granted, but that his gifts – existence, consciousness, freedom, and creative activity – are valid for all eternity."

6 "It is only in love that freedom is perfect."

7 "The moral law inscribed in the human soul – Kant's categorical imperative – signifies the reality of the presence in the human being of what the Bible calls the 'image and likeness of God', that is, the principal archetype of Man."

8 "The world of the senses, the kingdoms of nature, testify to the all-pervasive wisdom of God."

9 "God is eternal Being. And the true self of man is eternally coming into being as the breath of life from eternal Being. The Self of man rests in the breath of the Godhead."

10 "God…is the center of all selves."

11 "The archetype of the human being is God…'God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him' (Genesis 1:27)."

12 "Love is and remains for all time the sanctuary of freedom."

13 "God is not a phenomenon that exists alongside other phenomena. He is the very source of 'selfness', more intimate and more inward than the most intimate and most inward that we know."

14 ""It is impossible for a peaceful and concentrated reader (i.e., for a meditative reader) of the Gospels not to begin to love the person of Jesus Christ, and also not to sense him as a working and actual reality."

15 "The solemn majesty of the starry heaven proclaims the presence – the all-pervading presence – of the holy Being underlying the universe."

16 "Oneness or unity encompasses all numbers, and all numbers should be reduced back to unity."

17 "Moral logic, the logic of divine wisdom,…comes about in the human being from the union – or even fusion – of the thinking of head and heart."

18 "God wills it that man may fulfill his earthly experience and task, even when they have been interrupted by death."

19 "The breathing of the breath of life is the kernel of the human being, eternally coming into being from God."

20 "Not only Genesis, but also the Bhagavad Gita, speaks of the law of repeated impulses of the divine spirit intervening in order to maintain the level of intensity of the original life-impuse of the world."

21 "There are many levels of freedom. But the highest is that of love."

22 Love is the foundation, the meaning, and the purpose of the world."

23 "From the very beginning, man was created as a bearer of love. He is not simply homo sapiens, but over and above this he is potentially homo amans."

24 "Always, in all eternity, there will exist for each and every being a creative work and a field for creative work."

25 "Love is the self's life element, its substance, and its power of growth."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite