“The wise virgin, that is the pure soul, having abandoned earthly things, and living according to the virtues for God, has taken in the vessel of er heart that oil of charity and of godly deeds, with the lamp of an unsullied consciousness. But when Christ the Bridegroom tarries with His consolations, and the renewed inpouring of His gifts, the soul becomes drowsy, sleepy, and inert. …
“By these words Christ teaches us four things. First, that He wills that our understanding should be enlightened by supernatural light. … Secondly, He also shows us what we aught to see: namely, the inward coming of our Bridegroom, the Eternal Truth. … By the fourth point, He shows us the end and the aim of the whole; that is, that meeting with our Bridegroom Christ, in the fruitive unity of the Godhead.” ~John of Ruysbroeck
The Virgin Soul
I know that much of the Bible, as well as other scripture and holy books, is written in allegory. I am familiar with a lot of the allegorical symbols used, and what many of these stories really mean. This, however, is one that I hadn’t realized. It never dawned on me to equate the Holy Virgin of the Bible, and the virgins found in many other legends, with the pure soul. Once you consider it, it make complete sense.
The virgin soul is a virgin in the sense that it has never been corrupted by becoming one with matter. It might dwell within our body, but is not part of it. It is an independent being on its own. Continue reading “Virgin Soul and the Bridegroom of Spirit”