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Pearl 8

 

The truth which can be spoken

Is not Eternal Truth.

The name revealed and made most common

Is not the Eternal Name.

And mysteries spoken and passed about,

Are not Eternal Mystery.

That which is ineffable,

Is felt but not perceived,

Revealed but not possessed,

Moving soft and filled with stillness,

Soaring beyond both death and time,

Untouched but always touching.

 

This, the Holy, but soft descends

To touch the waiting heart,

Filling the minds of those who seek

With dreams of pure delight,

Spilling into the soulful person

The song of many wonders.

 

Thus, free from desire you see the Eternal,

Transcending space and time;

To stand yourself revealed in God,

Consumed in silent knowing.

 

But caught in the grip of base desires

You see but shadows only,

Ever seeking with grasping hands

To fill the void within.

 

Yet the Eternal and the Shadow

Are likewise born together,

Reflecting in each the likeness of the other,

Revealing the heart of God.

 

This is the mystery born of Mystery

Endless and filled with joy,

And before its gates, if you would stand,

To touch with eager heart,

In you shall be found the hidden Way

Rich in understanding.

 
PEARLS 8