Sunday, February 24, 2013

St. John of the Cross


Love and Union with the World: with all things

  As I studied the history of mystical religion and philosophy, I came across the poem by St. John of the Cross, “My Soul is a candle”. When I read the poem it immediately resonated with me and I knew that it was part of me. I revised it and realized that it was a statement of my journey as well as the world's journey to awakening. So I say it twice, once as a grateful appreciation of my journey and then again, as a statement of the world's ultimate destination: non-duality.
St. John of the Cross.
My soul is a candle that burned away the veil;
 only the glorious duties of light I now have.
  The sufferings I knew initiated me into God.
 My Union left me with a single eye.
 When I see the tears of all humanity running across my cheeks
 and falling into my hands,
what can I say to their great sorrow
 that I too have known.
My soul is a candle that burned away the veil,
 Only the light of the Divine remains.
 The sufferings I knew initiated me into God.
 the love of the divine I now have.
  - St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) revised by Virginia Stephenson
Next Post:  "My Soul is a Candle", explained.

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