Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Book of Wisdom - Chapter 6

48. A sign of the heart’s death is the absence of sadness over the acts of obedience you have neglected and the abandonment of regret over the mistakes you have made.

49. Let no sin reach such proportions in your eyes that it cuts you off from having a good opinion of God, for, indeed, whoever knows his Lord considers his sin as paltry next to His generosity.

50. There is no minor sin when His justice confronts you;
And there is no major sin when His grace confronts you.

51. No deed is more fruitful for the heart than the one you are not aware of and which is deemed paltry by you.

52. He only made an inspiration come upon you so that you would go to him.

53. He made an inspiration come upon you so as to get you out of the grip of alterities and free you from bondage to created things.

54. He made an inspiration come upon you so as to take you out of the prison of your existence into the unlimited space of your contemplation.

55. Lights are the riding-mounts of hearts and of their innermost centers.

56. Light is the army of the heart, just as darkness is the army of the soul.
So when God wishes to come to help of His servant, He furnishes him with armies of lights and cuts off from him the reinforcements of darkness and alterities.

57. Insight belongs to the Light, discernment to the Intellect, and both progression and retrogression belong to the heart.

58. Let not obedience make you joyous because it comes from you; but rather, be joyous over it because it comes from God to you.
“Say: In the grace of God and in His mercy, in that they should rejoice. It is better than that which they hoard.”

59. He prevents those who are voyaging to Him from witnessing their deeds and those who are united with Him from contemplating their states.
He does that for the voyagers because they have not realized sincerity toward God in those works; and He does that for those united with Him because He makes them absent from contemplating those states by contemplating Him.

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