Men Who Have Walked With God Sheldon Cheney The story of mysticism through the ages, from Lao-Tse and the Buddha to William Blake, with excerpts from their writings and sayings.
"The One is, in truth, beyond all statement: whatever you say would limit It. The All-transcending has no name….But if we do not grasp It by knowledge, that does not mean that we do not seize It at all." Plotinus
"This beautiful world is a reflection and an image of the Original, the Divine Spirit." Plotinus
"The one who is wise takes his stand upon the beautiful orderliness of the world. He moves in accordance with the one constitution of all things." Lao-Tse
"The core of God is my core, the ground of my soul is God's ground…In all you do, act from this core." Meister Eckhart
"The artist divines something out of his awareness of, his identification with, the One, the centre of life, the rhythmic universal order; and he communicates the sense of that order to the listener or beholder. But, say Pythagoras and Lao-Tse alike, we can all be artists in living, in 'the art of being in the world'. We too can identify ourselves with the One, can attune ourselves to the cosmic rhythm."
"Awareness of the One comes not by knowing but by a Presence passing knowledge." Plotinus
"Our life apart from God is but a mimicry….To hold aloof is loneliness and degradation. There with the Supreme is the soul's peace,..in a realm clean of wrong; there the soul has understanding, there it is free." Plotinus
"True possession of God lies in the heart, not in thinking about Him…grasp the God that is Being, above all thinking." Meister Eckhart
"What comes to us from God looks back to God from us." Plato
"The passion for the essence of Good or of Beauty is a movement toward the centre, and it entails discipline, purification, contemplation, and entry into a spiritual communion. There is, moreover, when transcending Love has been attained, a return movement of the spirit, so that signs of the Eternal are detected in people and creatures and the manifestations of nature."
"Take note of the heavens and the earth, how they move in effortless order, of the sun and moon that unfailingly return with their brightness, and of the stars that preserve their courses without exertion. There are, too, the birds and the beasts, which need not be told to flock,…and the trees grow naturally upward. Conform to this natural rhythm, follow this Way, and you will attain to wisdom." Lao-Tse
"In each of us there is something of this Entity. Wherever you may be, you have only to open to this omnipresent Good the faculty in you which is capable of drawing from it: your share flows to you." Plotinus
"Love is filled with itself, and where love has come it inundates and transforms all other feelings."
"The whole spiritual realm may be described as a kind of Light with the One in repose at its summit, as its King….we are always brought back to God." Plotinus
"The heart, having returned, blissful, from the Divine experience, will not rest until it has nourished other men, until it has shown them the way of love, the way to the Divine embrace."
"The Soul is an utterance and an image of Divine Intelligence, a stream of life sent forth by Divine Spirit for the increase of Being." Plotinus
"I have said often that there is a part of the soul that is untouched by time or mortality: it proceeds out of the Spirit and remains eternally in the Spirit and is divine. In this part..of the soul God Himself unfolds perpetually, in all the bliss and glory that are His. Here is felicity so ravishing, so inconceivably intense, that no one can describe it….Here God glows and flames without ceasing, in all His abundance and sweetness and rapture." Meister Eckhart
"God is in the least of creatures, even in a fly." Meister Eckhart, debate at Paris, circa 1302
"All that exists is one, and..God is in all, is All…All are one, united in One, in divine fellowship."
"That all-sufficient life, primal, life in One, who can regard it without longing, disdainful of all else?" Plotinus
"Endless, ceaseless, continuous, The One if we try to name it, is lost in nothingness – which yet is filled: for this is the form of the formless, the shape of the shapeless, the look of the invisible….In the unfolding of Tao the unseeable is imaged." Lao-Tse
"Every creature is on its way to the highest perfection. In each there is movement from mortality toward Being." Meister Eckhart
"Between God and man alone there is no difference, no separation, but Oneness." Meister Eckhart
"Love is like a fisherman's hook….He who is caught by it is held by the strongest of bonds – yet the being drawn in by it is pleasant….Therefore look only to this hook, for in being caught you will be blessed. The more you are caught the more you are made free." Meister Eckhart
"It is not by casting about here and there, outside itself, that the soul will understand morality and ethical conduct. It knows them of its own nature, as welling out of itself." Plotinus