Cohen, Leonard - A thousand kisses deep
Type of Spiritual Experience
Maurice Materlinck - The Invisible Goodness
Perhaps we do not yet know what the word "to love" means. There are within us lives in which we love unconsciously. To love thus means more than to have pity, to make inner sacrifices, to be anxious to help and give happiness;
it is a thing that lies a thousand fathoms deeper,
where our softest, swiftest, strongest words cannot reach it.
At moments we might believe it to be a recollection, furtive, but excessively keen, of the great primitive unity. There is in this love a force that nothing can resist. Which of us—and he question himself the side of the light, from which our gaze is habitually averted—which of us but will find in himself the recollection of certain strange workings of this force? Which of us, when by the side of the most ordinary person perhaps, but has suddenly become conscious of the advent of something that none had summoned? Was it the soul, or perhaps life, that had turned within itself like a sleeper on the point of awakening? I know not; nor did you know, and no one spoke of it; but you did not separate from each other as though nothing had happened.
To love thus is to love according to the soul; and there is no soul that does not respond to this love. For the soul of man is a guest that has gone hungry these centuries back, and never has it to be summoned twice to the nuptial feast.
A description of the experience
The source of the experienceCohen, Leonard
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsBelieving in the spiritual world
Listening to music