Balzac, Honoré de - Louis Lambert - The Laws of the Universe
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Louis Lambert by Honore De Balzac
Everything on earth exists solely by motion and number.
Motion is, so to speak, number in action.
Motion is the product of a force generated by the Word and by Resistance, which is Matter. But for Resistance, Motion would have had no results; its action would have been infinite. Newton's gravitation is not a law, but an effect of the general law of universal motion.
Motion, acting in proportion to Resistance, produces a result which is Life. As soon as one or the other is the stronger, Life ceases.
No portion of Motion is wasted; it always produces number; still, it can be neutralized by disproportionate resistance, as in minerals.
Number, which produces variety of all kinds, also gives rise to Harmony, which, in the highest meaning of the word, is the relation of parts to the whole.
But for Motion, everything would be one and the same. Its products, identical in their essence, differ only by Number, which gives rise to faculties.
Man looks to faculties; angels look to the Essence.
By giving his body up to elemental action, man can achieve an inner union with the Light.
Number is intellectual evidence belonging to man alone; by it he acquires knowledge of the Word.
There is a Number beyond which the impure cannot pass: the Number which is the limit of creation.
The Unit was the starting-point of every product: compounds are derived from it, but the end must be identical with the beginning.
Hence this Spiritual formula: the compound Unit, the variable Unit, the fixed Unit.
The Universe is the Unit in variety. Motion is the means; Number is the result. The end is the return of all things to the Unit, which is God.
Three and Seven are the two chief Spiritual numbers.
Three is the formula of created worlds. It is the Spiritual Sign of the creation, as it is the Material Sign of dimension. In fact, God has worked by curved lines only: the Straight Line is an attribute of the Infinite; and man, who has the presentiment of the Infinite, reproduces it in his works. Two is the number of generation. Three is the number of Life which includes generation and offspring. Add the sum of four, and you have seven, the formula of Heaven.
Above all is God; He is the Unit.
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