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Covenant of the Heart, Meditations of a Christian Hermeticist on the Mysteries of Tradition
Valentin Tomberg
The power of these meditations is that they reflect the author's personal spiritual journey into the depths of God's kingdom within...within the soul, within personal relations, within nature, within the cosmos.

1 "The Creator is simultaneously knowing, the knower, and that which is known. In fact, His manner of knowing does not consist in Him directing His thinking to things that are outside of Him; in that He Himself thinks and is knowing. He knows of everything and sees everything which is. Nothing exists that is not one with Him and which does not subsist in His own substance. He is the prototype of every being, and all beings are in Him in their purest and complete form, so that the perfection of created beings actually exists in the mind of that Perfect One." Moses of Cordova, 'Commentary to the Zohar', Pardies Rimmonium, 55a

2 "God…is the center of all selves."

3 "Just as the self of the human being is the centerpoint of the plurality of manifestations of his life of soul, so is the ONE God, transcending the self, the centerpoint of the world."

4 "The moral law inscribed in the human soul – Kant's categorical imperative – signifies the reality of the presence in the human being of what the Bible calls the 'image and likeness of God', that is, the principal archetype of Man."

5 "The breathing of the breath of life is the kernel of the human being, eternally coming into being from God."

6 "As an idea, the resurrection is the realisation that God is divinely generous, that he does not take away again what he has once given and granted, but that his gifts – existence, consciousness, freedom, and creative activity – are valid for all eternity."

7 "Every movement, even the slightest, exerts an effect ultimately upon the whole world."

8 ""It is impossible for a peaceful and concentrated reader (i.e., for a meditative reader) of the Gospels not to begin to love the person of Jesus Christ, and also not to sense him as a working and actual reality."

9 "God is not a phenomenon that exists alongside other phenomena. He is the very source of 'selfness', more intimate and more inward than the most intimate and most inward that we know."

10 "Justice represents the crown of Man's moral development – what might be called 'wisdom become flesh'."

11 "The archetype of the human being is God…'God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him' (Genesis 1:27)."

12 "Just as the seed determines the future ways and stages of growth, so the Good Shepherd decides the ways of development of the true being of mankind and leads them along these ways."

13 "Impulses of will are immersed in the streams of world-will-energy and are 'plugged in' to them."

14 "God is eternal Being. And the true self of man is eternally coming into being as the breath of life from eternal Being. The Self of man rests in the breath of the Godhead."

15 "The state of the risen Jesus Christ is the goal and the hope of the path of destiny of mankind. It is the most perfect ideal of which one could ever think or dream."

16 "Just as the plurality of the human soul's life of imagination, feeling, and will has a focus, a center, around which it orders and orientates itself, so also does the multiplicity of the appearances of the world have ONE center, which orders and holds everything together."

17 "Intuition is the faculty of knowledge which results from instinct that is illumined by reason."

18 "Love is and remains for all time the sanctuary of freedom."

19 "From the very beginning, man was created as a bearer of love. He is not simply homo sapiens, but over and above this he is potentially homo amans."

20 "The solemn majesty of the starry heaven proclaims the presence – the all-pervading presence – of the holy Being underlying the universe."

21 "The being or substance of the true self of man, the breath of life, which is breathed out by God, is the breath of love, of God's love, which is the origin – and also the very being itself – of the life of the soul."

22 Love is the foundation, the meaning, and the purpose of the world."

23 "Just as the human being needs the air to breathe for his physical life, so he also has need of breathing in God – through prayer and meditation – for his soul life."

24 "Not only Genesis, but also the Bhagavad Gita, speaks of the law of repeated impulses of the divine spirit intervening in order to maintain the level of intensity of the original life-impuse of the world."

25 "Love is the self's life element, its substance, and its power of growth."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite