THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING - CHAPTER 59

willbulow's picture

"That a man shall not take ensample at the bodily ascension of Christ, for to strain his imagination upwards bodily in the time of prayer: and that time, place, and body, these three should be forgotten in all ghostly working."

This is the third chapter whose "title" warns us not to think in terms of physical direction in the performance of this work. As in the previous chapters, so here, we can find other things that could as well be taken as the topic. One I find in this case is, he mentions that there is more like a change than a local movement in this work. There seems to be a certain change of consciousness that's almost automatic, almost by definition the result of forgetting time, place, and body. Maybe here again, though, we should guard against thinking that this is the purpose. There should be no other purpose than drawing closer to God as we work in this exercise.

beemanlee's picture

G-d is so Large that all of Creation can't contain Him

willbulow,
Remember the Jewish proverb Which describes G-d. How big is My G-d, The Sovereign of the universe cannot be contained within His Creation. Yet he can be living within me. When G-d breathed into Adam's nostrils the breath of life, G-d was putting His breath within Adam, thats G-d's Holy Spirit(Rauch HaKodesh), place within Adam's body. So G-d is so small that He can live within us.

This is a Paradox of how G-d works and lives and has His Being. All for the desire to receive Worship from a Creation which He spoke and it all came into existence.

In order to approach G-d we must leave everything behind so all we have is nothing. If G-d lives with in then all we have is G-d!

Lee...




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