Balzac, Honoré de - Seraphita and Comédie Humaine - The Great Work
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
Balzac, Honore de and George Saintsbury (Translator). The Human Comedy. 1845.
SERAPHITA By Honore De Balzac translated by Katharine Prescott Wormeley
“Nothing is stable here,” he said, disdainfully. “The passing joys of earthly love are gleams which reveal to certain souls the coming of joys more durable; just as the discovery of a single law of nature leads certain privileged beings to a conception of the system of the universe. Our fleeting happiness here below is the forerunning proof of another and a perfect happiness, just as the earth, a fragment of the world, attests the universe. We cannot measure the vast orbit of the Divine thought of which we are but an atom as small as God is great; but we can feel its vastness, we can kneel, adore, and wait. Men ever mislead themselves in science by not perceiving that all things on their globe are related and co-ordinated to the general evolution, to a constant movement and production which bring with them, necessarily, both advancement and an End. Man himself is not a finished creation; if he were, God would not Be.”