Poor mankind! To what standpoint have you raised the happiness of man? Has there ever been an age which has counted so many victims to humanity as the present? Has there ever been an age in which immorality and egotism have been greater or more dominant than in this one? The tree is known by its fruits. Mad men! With your imaginary natural reason, from whence have you the light by which you are so willing to enlighten others? Are not all your ideas borrowed from your senses which do not give you the reality but merely its phenomena? Is it not true that in time and space all knowledge is but relative? Is it not true that all which we call reality is but relative, for absolute truth is not to be found in the phenomenal world. Thus your natural reason does not possess its true essence, but only the appearance of truth and light; and the more this appearance increases and spreads, the more the essence of light inwardly fades, and the man confuses himself with this appearance and gropes vainly after the dazzling phantasmal images he conjures.
The philosophy of our age raises the natural intellect into independent objectivity, and gives it judicial power, she exempts it from any superior authority, she makes it voluntary, converting it into divinity by closing all harmony and communication with God; and this god Reason, which has no other law but its own, is to govern Man and make him happy! . . .
. . . Darkness able to spread light! . . . Death capable of giving Life! . . .
Oh! if only natural man, that is, sensuous man, would only learn to see that the source of his intelligence and the incentive of his will are only his individuality, he would then seek interiorly for a higher source, and he would thereby approach that which alone can give this true element, because it is wisdom in its essential substance.
'The Cloud Upon The Sanctuary'
By Karl von Eckhartshausen (Author)
This book is recognized as a classic of Christian mysticism and is highly recommended for those seeking a deeper spiritual sense of themselves and the Christian faith. Jesus is represented as the Wisdom of God, working in all things and always with us. Despite our fallen natures we are still able to reach into the wholeness and completeness that is offered. If we can find a way to work around our imperfections and reach deep within ourselves, there can be a true form of salvation. We must work in spiritual ways to access this hidden nature. That is what this book offers. Through meditative work and deeper awareness we are able to pierce the veil, or "cloud", and be able to experience our more divine natures. The author holds out hope that the principles within this book may one day allow people to live more spiritual lives, which in turn could bring more harmony and peace to the world. This book is a great tool that allows one to open up into the deeper, spiritual self.