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

2 "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)."

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

6 "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."

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

8 "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."

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

10 "Through the world of temporal existence there streams the breath of the presence of eternal being."

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

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

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

14 "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."

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

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

17 "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."

18 ""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."

19 "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."

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

21 "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."

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

23 "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."

24 "Impulses of will are immersed in the streams of world-will-energy and are 'plugged in' to them."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite