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Re: Lou's reply to Sigismund's question-wtrnlght Dena

Posted by Sigismund on March 6, 2008, at 1:48:38

In reply to Re: Lou's reply to Sigismund's question-wtrnlght Sigismund, posted by Dena on March 5, 2008, at 18:43:02

I never had trouble imagining that the Kingdom of Heaven was spread out in front of me and that I could not see it.

I have wondered if that is the same thing as living in the present.

It sounds a little dull, living in the present does, and I wouldn't know as I'm always caught up in my thoughts, but I like the William Blake idea that if the doors of perception were cleansed then everything would be something (which, of course I forget) and holy. Since we're chatting about whatever and it seems vaguely relevant let me paste this.....

And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light,
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
(Eliot, Burnt Norton)

But this is what I was after (down the page a little)......

Yet the enchantment of past and future
Woven in the weakness of the changing body,
Protects mankind from heaven and damnation
Which flesh cannot endure.

And isn't he there talking about living in the present?




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