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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
I particularly like the lines:
What or Who this One is
I may not say
can never feel
more or less
is there to say
For the One is not simply in all
the One Being is over all
This touches on a dilemma mystics all over the world encounter. Why is it that Dame Catherine asserts that, "Nothing more or less is there to say"? The problem is that there is no language for the all-encompassing Reality ("the One") encountered by mystics.
The reasoning mind understands reality by dissecting it. The intellect slices reality into manageable pieces that it can comprehend and manipulate. We use a limited language to describe a limited, fragmented notion of reality. But the Divine Presence witnessed by mystics in deep communion is the Wholeness of reality.
But the One permeates everything, has no boundaries. "For the One is not simply in all / the One Being is over all." How then can the poor intellect hope to describe that which is "All in everything"?
This doesn't mean the intellect can't try, by resorting to metaphor (and poetry), but the communication of this divine Truth ultimately comes not through words but through participation. You silently take people by the hand and lead them to the fountain, inviting them to drink for themselves.
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