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

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

3 "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."

4 "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."

5 "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."

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

7 "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."

8 "The spiritual life of mankind is maintained through the breath of the Spirit…and the great religions of mankind are quite conscious of this fact."

9 "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."

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

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

12 "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

13 "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."

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

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

16 "Faith is not simply a matter of holding something to be true but of experiencing the breath of eternal God, bestowing being."

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

18 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world."

19 "Just as the plurality of the human soul's life of imagination, feeling, and will has a focus, a center, around which it orders and orientates itself, so also does the multiplicity of the appearances of the world have ONE center, which orders and holds everything together."

20 "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."

21 "Every movement, even the slightest, exerts an effect ultimately upon the whole world."

22 "Just as the human being needs the air to breathe for his physical life, so he also has need of breathing in God – through prayer and meditation – for his soul life."

23 "The state of the risen Jesus Christ is the goal and the hope of the path of destiny of mankind. It is the most perfect ideal of which one could ever think or dream."

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

25 "Just as the seed determines the future ways and stages of growth, so the Good Shepherd decides the ways of development of the true being of mankind and leads them along these ways."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite