the desire of the soul

The Desire of The Soul Awakened

The Desire of the Soul When Awakened

“The Soul’s Desire sent Forth to Seek the Beloved One.
Thus spake the soul to her desire—
‘Speed forth afar and see Where may my Belovèd be,
And say to Him, “His love I crave.”’
Then fled the swift desire afar,
And rose beyond sun, moon, and star,
And called before the heavenly door,
‘Lord, open unto me!’
Then spake the Host—
‘What need hast thou,
That thou dost thus implore?’
‘O Lord, I come with the prayer of one
Who weepeth upon the earth alone—
The fish on the sand must pine.’
‘Go back! no door is unbarred to thee
Till thou bring the sorrowful soul to Me,
For the need is Mine.’
Then sped the messenger swiftly home, and said—
‘The Master calleth Come! Arise and shine!’
Then she as on summer winds doth rise
In joyful flight through the starry skies,
And there meet her angels twain;
For God hath sent two angels fleet,
The well-belovèd soul to meet.

“And they ask—
‘What seekest thou thus afar?
With the dark earth art thou clad.’
The soul said—
‘Greet me better than so,
For to Him who loveth me well I go,
And I am no more sad.
Lo! dimmed as ye near the earth below,
Is the sweet light of your eyes;
And with light of God do I shine and glow
As aloft I rise.’
Then with an angel on either hand,
The soul sped through the skies,
And when she came to the angel land,
To the country of Paradise,
She was a stranger guest no more,
For to her was opened the heavenly door,
She saw the Beloved Face.
Forth flowed her heart in weeping blest,
She said, ‘My Lord, I have found my rest
In the glory of Thy grace.
I needs must praise Thee and adore,
For evermore, for evermore.
Whence came I here?
I am lost in Thee;
I can think no more of the earth below,
Nor of the sorrow and weeping there.
I had thought to tell Thee my grief and woe,
But, Lord, I have seen Thee, and nought I know,
But that Thou art fair.’” ~Matilda of Magdeburg

The Desire of the Soul

The awakened Soul actually has two desires, though they are so closely related, they can be considered one. The first desire is to return home. That is, to return to the worlds of spirit where the spirit and soul originates. Home to the soul is not a place in the physical world, nor is it the physical body of the person it is in. The second desire is to return to God, the Beloved One, the Originator of all Souls. Since God is found in that highest of spiritual dimensions that most of us call Heaven, this seeking to rejoin with the creator is also part of the desire to return home to the realms of spirit. Continue reading “The Desire of The Soul Awakened”

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Desire the Eternal and Focus on it

“In ‘The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage,’ Ruysbroeck has used the words said to the wise and foolish virgins in the parable—’Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him’—as an epitome of the self’s relations with and reactions to Reality. First, all created spirits are called to behold God, who is perpetually ‘coming’ to the world of conditions in a ceaseless procession of love; and in this seeing our happiness consists. But in order really to see a thing, we need not only light and clear sight, but the will to look at it; every act of perception demands a self-giving on the seer’s part. So here we need not only the light of grace and the open eyes of the soul, but also the turned toward the infinite our attention to life, the regnant fact of our consciousness, must be focused upon eternal things.” ~Evelyn Underhill

We Must Desire and Focus Upon the Eternal

I haven’t read The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage, but this quote convinced me to order it for my Kindle. I have heard other spiritual writers say that references to the bride, bridegroom, bridal chamber, and so on, found in scripture and sacred books of many faiths, is allegory for awakening and developing our hidden self: our spirit and soul1.

I love Underhill’s reference to God’s love as coming into the world like a perpetual flow of love energy, a love force that transcends and transforms all matter. But just as we can hide from the light of the sun, or it can be hidden from us by heavy clouds, God’s love may not be received by all as they choose to avoid it, or it may be cut off from them as they intentionally fight against the Will of God (though even they will eventually be saved). Continue reading “Desire the Eternal and Focus on it”

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Spiritual Success Comes to Those Who Want It

“Anyone who wants to exterminate the pleasure in the fulfillment of human desires will first have to make man a slave who acts, not because he wants to, but only because he ought to. For the attainment of what has been willed gives pleasure. What we call goodness is not what a man ought but what he wills to do when he unfolds the fullness of his true human nature. … Man values the fulfillment of a desire because the desire springs from his own nature. Achievement has its value because it has been willed. … Ethics based on pessimism arises from a disregard for moral imagination. Physical nature see to it that [man] strives to satisfy his lower desires. But to the development of the whole man belong also desires that arise from the spirit.” ~Rudolf Steiner

A person who is forced to do good deeds at gunpoint, or at threat of being jailed, is not really doing good at all. A person who is moral, ethical, well behaved only because he fears punishment in some form if he doesn’t behave, is not truly doing good at all.

In order for a persons good deeds to really be good, he must do them by choice, he must do them with a certain degree of free will. In various science fiction and fantasy books and movies man is forced to behave in a moral and ethical way. In some such tales, man is given drugs that control his behavior and desires. In others, he is controlled through state-run media, as in the current state of North Korea, to give but one real-life example. While to a certain degree it is good for man’s behavior to be controlled by law, or by threats of being banned from the social order, because some people cannot make sensible choices on their own, it remains true that it is always best if we do the right thing by choice rather than by force. Continue reading “Spiritual Success Comes to Those Who Want It”