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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
Love beyond all telling,
Goodness beyond imagining,
Light of infinite intensity
Glows in my heart.
Too often statements like this can sound like a formula of religious piety, but it is more than that. These are the direct experiences of the mystic. The chest warms, the heart opens and seems to encompass all of creation. This is not just an idea or some philosophical notion -- it is felt tangibly in the body as well as the soul. Love floods in, and a sense of utter harmony, rightness, the "goodness" of being. And many mystics also witness a dazzling gold-white light like an ocean that through everything, showing the multiplicity of creation to secretly be a shining unity.
It is this that Jacopone da Todi is writing of.
I once thought that reason
Had led me to You...
I know now that I was wrong,
That that truth was flawed.
These verses are a call to the religious minded to not be content with thinking one has found the truth or assertions of belief alone. He is proclaiming that the real truth is somehow more direct and surprising than that. All mental conceptualization is limited by the intellect and imagination, yet the reality we seek is beyond the mind's ability to conceive of...
Light beyond metaphor...
He who witnesses Your splendor
Can never describe it.
Here, words fail. The mind can only become a mute witness.
The very notion of self melts amidst that immensity...
And are swept into infinity.
The soul, made new again,
Marveling to find itself
In that immensity, drowns.
How this comes about it does not know.
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