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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger
This verse is a wonderful ecstatic meditation on the mystic's dilemma: The experience of divine union can be witnessed, participated in, but the mind can't comprehend it or define it in a way that can be truly communicated.
I can find no words to express it;
my poor hand is unable to capture it...
My intellect sees what has happened,
but it cannot explain it.
The reason for this is that the reasoning mind understands reality by dissecting it. The intellect slices reality into manageable pieces that it can comprehend and manipulate. But the Divine Presence witnessed by mystics in deep communion is the Wholeness of reality. It is "the totality recapitulated as one" -- what a perfect phrase!
That Totality permeates everything, has no boundaries; it is "unbounded in its awesome greatness." It is "invisible" in the sense that the physical eyes do not see it; it is not a play of light and dark, but an eternal all-pervading radiance or presence. It is "entirely formless" because form is defined by boundaries. How then can the poor intellect hope to describe that which "transcends every word"?
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 pass the flame, and it is the "whole flame" that gets passed along.
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