“For the spring of the great anguish. Which was in the beginning before the Light, in the tart Harshness, from which the bitter sting or prickle is generated, that is now in the sweet fountain of the Love in the Light changed from the water-spirit, and from bitterness or stinging is now become the fountain or spring of the Joy in the Light. Thus now henceforth the fire-flash is the Father of the Light, and the light shines in Him, and is now the only cause of the moving Birth, and of the Birth of Love. That which in the beginning was the Raking Source, is now S. U. L., or the oil of the lovely pleasant Fountain, which presses through all the fountains, so that from hence the Light is kindled.” Jacob Boehme
Did people really talk like that in the fifteenth century? This is more than a little convoluted, yet I think it is a good quote to discuss.
In general, Boehme is saying that there is a great Fountain of Light and that fountain kindles the spiritual fires within us.
It may be confusing when he talks about a time when that Light didn’t exist since we know that God’s eternal spiritual Light has existed forever. I believe that what he is saying is that when the material universe was first created out of the spiritual realms by the beings we call the Demiurge, the material world was devoid of that spiritual light. I doubt that he is completely correct in that. I believe that Light was still in the worlds of matter, just very dim. Continue reading “The Fountain of Light”