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Emerson, Ralph Waldo - Self Reliance - The relations of the soul to the divine spirit



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Emerson – Self Reliance

The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose help.  It must be that when God speaketh, he should communicate not one thing, but all things; should fill the world with his voice; should scatter forth light, nature, time, souls from the centre of the present thought  and ….........new create the whole.  Whenever a mind is simple and receives a divine wisdom, then old things pass away, means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now and absorbs past and future into the present how.

All things are made sacred by relation to it – one thing as much as another.  All things are dissolved to their centre by their cause and in the universal miracle petty and particular miracles disappear.

This is and must be.  If therefore a man claims to know and speak of God, and carries you backward to the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country, in another world, believe him not.

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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