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Viridios -- Gems of Wisdom

Listed here are forty honorary gems of wisdom, each a pearl, formed from the Great Sea of Binah, the well spring of creation. According to the ‘Bahir,’ the Hebrew letter ‘Mem’ holds the numerical value of Forty – also known as the ‘perfect prayer.’ It is thus because its four arms spin out the four worlds, each a ladder of descent and ascent, and each composed of ten Sephira. Totalling forty, this recalls the forty days in which the embryo is formed within the womb, the womb of the Mother. Formation from Creation. Mem represents the present, which Ayreh Kaplan refers to as the ‘womb of the future.’ It is the gateway to wisdom as the evolution of knowledge achieved in four stages from each of ten steps. Mem is the Devil in the Detailswomb of Binah, the Great Sea, the amniotic fluid of all life and all memory, of change, of flux offering us an Initiatory Baptism of Water, the Cosmic re-birthing as manifest evolution. Thus is Wisdom the arena of change. Kaplan tells us in his translation of the ‘Bahir,’ that the head Tefillin, worn by Hebrew priests and devotees is itself formed of four boxes housing the four trees of the four worlds [4x10=40], linking Creator with Creation through the divine essence of emanation charged within it. Wisdom is therefore perceived as the Source, the point of Creation and its conduit though the Shekinah, the World Soul.

Gems of Wisdom

1. There is nothing higher than Truth, emet is the Word, the Word is Truth, Truth is Wisdom, Wisdom is Creation. [robin-the- dart]

2. It is better to perform one’s own duties imperfectly than to master the duties of another [Bhagavad Gita]

3. Freedom from activity is never achieved by abstaining from action. [Bhagavad Gita]

4. Meditation and action – he who knows these two together, through action leaves death behind and through meditation gains immortality [The Upanishads]

5. There is something beyond the grave, death does not end it all. And the pale ghost escapes from the vanquished pyre. [Sextus Propertius]

Man Angel6. Men would be angels and angels would be gods [Alexander Pope]

7. God made the angels to show him splendour [Robert Bolt]

8. From anger, delusion arises, from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost. And when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool. [Bhagavad Gita]

9. The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified from life [Albert Einstein]

A Rose by any other name10. If there are no gods, all our toil is without meaning. [Euripides]

11. There is nothing that can help you understand more than trying to explain them to an inquisitor. [Frank Clark]

12. The profundity of a spiritual act is in direct proportion to its author’s commitment. [Henry d. Lubac]

13. In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity. [Meister Eckhart]

14. If you contemplate Him in everything, contemplation of Him would veil all things from your sight. If you contemplate Him, they would not hide Him from you in the before and after and the time of things. [Wisdom of the Sufis]

15. Life without the courage for death is slavery. [Seneca]

Beast16. The pride of the peacock is the glory of god, the lust of the goat is the bounty of god, the wrath of the lion is the wisdom of god, the nakedness of woman is the work of god. [William Blake]

17. Your destiny is that of a man, your vows those of a god. [Voltaire]

18. It is Lucifer, the son of mystery, and since god suffers him to be, he, too is god’s minister, and labours for some good, by us not understood! [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]

19. He who knows does not talk, and he who talks, does not know. [Lao-tze]

20. Only two possibilities exist, either one must believe in determinism and regard free will as a subjective illusion, or one must become a mystic, and regard the discovery of natural laws as a meaningless illusion. [Max Born]

Awen21. The grave is but the threshold of eternity. [Robert Southey]

22. Wisdom is prevented by ignorance, and delusion is the result. [Bhagavad Gita]

23. Better to be ignorant of a matter than half know it. [Publilius Syrus]

24. Far above love is the beloved, far beneath it is the lover, and love, which lies between these two, makes the beloved to descend to the lover, and the lover to rise towards the beloved. And this ascending and descending is the being and the life to love. [Ramón Lull]

25. Mysteries are not dark shadows, before which we must shut our eyes and be silent, on the contrary, they are dazzling splendours, with which we aught to sate our gaze. [a carthusian]

26. The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental notion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. [Albert Einstein]

27. He who is in the fire, and he who is in the heart, and he who is in the sun, are all one and the same, and he who knows this becomes one with the one. [The Upanishads]

28. Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your passion. [Kahlil Gibran]

Where Angels Tread29. Be thou a bright flame before me, be thou a guiding star above me, be thou a smooth path below me and be a kindly shepherd behind me, today, tonight and forever. [Alexander Carmichael]

30. Let craft, ambition, spite, be quenched in reason’s night, till weakness turn to might to what is dark be light, to what is wrong be right! [Lewis Carroll]

31. Science and religion---are two sides of the same glass through which we can see darkly until these two, focusing together, reveal the truth. [Pearl S. Buck]

32. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. [Albert Einstein]

33. The old man asks for more time, while the young waste it, and the philosopher smiles, knowing there is none there. But the hero stands so drawn at the looking glass of his mind, aiming at that anonymous face over his shoulder. [R. S. Thomas]

34. Truth sits upon the lips of dying men. [Matthew Arnold]

World Sigil35. Truth exists, only lies are invented. [Georges Braque]

36. He that trusts in a lie shall perish in truth. [George Herbert]

37. Whence hope dies, despair thrives. [robin-the-dart]

38. When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four. [Samuel Johnson]

39. A lie travels around the world while truth is putting on her boots. [Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

40. Fire is the first and final mask of my God. We dance and weep between two enormous pyres. [Nikos Kazantzakis]

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