Sacred-Texts Christianity Angelus Silesius
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85 (I. 8)
GOD LIVETH NOT WITHOUT ME
|I know God cannot live one instant without Me:|
If I should come to naught, needs must He cease to be.
86 (I. 10)
I AM AS GOD AND GOD AS I
|I am as great as God, He is as small as I:|
No higher than I is He, nor I than He less high.
87 (I. 14)
A CHRISTIAN IS AS RICH AS GOD
|I am as rich as God. He owns no particle|
Of dust—believe me, Man!—that is not mine as well.
88 (II. 178)
ALL CONSISTS IN I AND THOU
(CREATOR AND CREATURE.)
|Naught is but I and Thou. Were there nor Thou nor I,|
Then God is no more God, and Heaven falls from the sky.
89 (I. 68)
DEEP CALLETH UNTO DEEP
|Deep calls to Deep. My spirit's Deep doth cry amain|
To Deep of God: say, which is deeper of the twain?
90 (II. 180)
MAN IS NAUGHT, GOD ALL
|I am not I nor Thou: Thou art the I in Me:|
Therefore I yield the meed of honour unto Thee.
91 (II. 142)
THOU MUST BE IT THYSELF
|Ask not what is divine. It were too great a task|
To comprehend—unless thou art what thou dost ask.
92 (I. 81)
GOD BLOSSOMS OUT OF HIS BRANCHES
|If thou art born of God, God blossometh in thee:|
His Godhead is thy sap and flower-finery.
93 (II. 120)
MAN EATETH AND DRINKETH GOD
|If thou art one with God, truly it may be said|
Thou eat'st and drinkest God in every piece of bread.
94 (III. 20)
|That I may come to wealth, God comes to beggary:|
That I may become He, lo! He becometh I.
95 (I. 96)
GOD CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT ME
|God hath no potency to make|
A single worm without my aid:
If I sustain it not with Him
Straightway its being is unmade.
96 (I. 72)
HOW IS GOD SEEN?
|No Way there is by which to go|
Unto the Light wherein God dwells:
Thou must thyself become the Light
Or God is hidden from thee else.
97 (IV. 24)
|Body must into Spirit pass,|
And Spirit into Deity,
If thou wouldst have thy dearest wish
And know the perfect ecstasy.
98 (II. 255)
FIVE DEGREES IN GOD
|Five ladder-rungs there are in God—|
Slave, Friend, Son, Bride and Spouse.
Who climbeth higher unselfs himself,
Drops count of I's and Thou's.
99 (V. 76)
AS HIS FRIENDSHIP SO THE FRIEND
|Thou drinkest in the soul of him|
With whom thou'rt friended—in the end
Becomest God, if friend of God,
And Devil, if the Devil's friend.
100 (V. 200)
A MAN IS CHANGED INTO WHAT HE LOVES
|Thou shalt become that thing itself|
Which thou dost deem of dearest worth—
God shalt become if thou lov'st God,
And Earth if so thou lovest Earth.
101 (V. 332)
WHITHER MAN GOES WHEN HE DIES INTO GOD
|When I die into God, I once again return|
There where I was eternally ere I was born.
102 (V. 233)
WHEN MAN IS GOD
|Once I was God in God, or ever I was I,|
And can be God again, if this I could but die.
103 (VI. 175)
UNION WITH GOD IS EASY
|'Tis easier, Man, to see thyself and God all one|
Than open a closed eye—will it and it is done.
104 (V. 259)
GOD BECOMETH I BECAUSE I AFORETIME WAS HE
|God doth become what now I am,|
Assumes my manhood; what He is,
The same aforetime I have been:
Therefore it is He doeth this.
105 (II. 159)
SPIRIT IS AS ESSENCE
|My Spirit is a partial Being:|
It yearns to be recentred in
That Essence whence it broke away,
Its primal Root and Origin.
106 (IV. 12)
ALL WEAL IN ONE THING ONLY
|From but one thing my all of Weal,|
My all of Peace doth spring;
Though losing much upon the way,
I run with haste to this One Thing.
107 (II. 201)
MAN AND THE OTHER GOD
|What only difference lies 'twixt me and God? Confess!|
I'll tell you in a word—nothing but Otherness.
108 (IV. 10)
|No man can ever know perfect Felicity|
Till Otherness be swallowed up in Unity.
109 (IV. 181)
OF THE BLESSED SOUL
|Of Otherness the blessed Soul|
Hath lost the very sense;
It is a single Light with God
And one Magnificence.
110 (V. 126)
THE DEATH OF I-HOOD STRENGTHENS GOD IN THEE
|The more the I in me doth fail,|
Diminish and sink lower,
So much the more the I of God
Aggrandizeth its power.
111 (V. 234)
EVERYTHING RETURNS TO ITS ORIGIN
|Of earth was Body born and once|
Again becometh earth:
And shall not Soul again become
God, since God gave it birth?
112 (IV. 140)
THE NOBLEST PRAYER
|That is the noblest prayer a man can pray when he|
Becometh one with Him to Whom he bends his knee.
113 (V. 219)
MAN MUST NOT REMAIN MAN
|Man, be not ever man! the summit must be gained!|
In God's house Gods and Gods alone are entertained.
114 (VI. 171)
IN THE SEA EVERY DROP BECOMETH SEA
|When to the Sea at last it comes|
The smallest drop becometh Sea:
Even so thy Soul becometh God
When God at last absorbeth thee.
115 (II. 172)
MAN MUST BE A PHOENIX
|I will be Phoenix, burn myself in God, and then|
Nothing shall sunder me from Him ever again.
116 (IV. 135)
THE STREAM BECOMETH SEA
|Here I, a Stream of Time, flow into Deity,|
There I myself am the serene eternal Sea.
117 (I. 23)
THE SPIRITUAL MARY
|I must be Mary and myself|
Give birth to God, would I possess
—Nor can I otherwise—God's gift
Of everlasting Happiness.
118 (I. 276)
ONE THE OTHER'S BEGINNING AND END
|God is my final end;|
If then I am His origin,
From mine His Being floweth out,
To Him my Being floweth in.
119 (I. 100)
ONE UPHOLDETH THE OTHER
|God's need of me, my need of God,|
Are equal in degree.
He helps to bear my being up
And I help Him to be.
120 (IV. 153)
THE SEA IN A LITTLE DROP
|Into this little drop, this I, how can it be|
That there should flow the whole Sea of the Deity?