A Contemplative Faith
Let the Earth Keep Silence
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“One judges a tree by its fruits; one judges the mystic, gnostic, mage and philosopher by their faith, hope and charity, i.e. by their progress in purification, illumination, and union.”
Why does a tree or a mystic have to be judged and who is the judge?
Why not? and, anyone.
To me judgment has a negative connotation. Maybe that isn’t how it was meant.
I understand how it can have such a connotation. It doesn’t carry that much of a charge for me. I see “judging a tree by the fruit it bears” as no more value-based than “Is this an apple or a pear?” As for judging a mystic, to me that can mean “Is this person really somebody I want to learn from?” It’s not judgment in the “good or bad” sense, but judgment in the “knowing what’s on the inside” sense.
the author is Valentin Tomberg c1900-1970
Estonian I believe, lived in England
during the War from about 1940 Catholic
after this book, there is also ‘Covenant
of the Heart.’
Right you are. I cite him as the “Unknown Author” when quoting Meditations on the Tarot since that is how Tomberg himself chose to be identifed in relation to that book.
well it is the preference of many tomberg
people but I do not think it is at this point
necessary , in some it is carried to a point
of affectation…(not in you I dont mean) but
they go on with the unknown thing you know
tip of the yod etc and the whole martinist
inconnu business…it is a little like insisting
to call Master Anthelm Nizier Philipe
“the unknown” at this stage of the game, as
some of Sedir’s circles , les amites spirituelles
is it my french and my memory slips, affect to
do…well but it is fair to do, but this is my
thought on it only.
Agreed. I would say it’s not necessary to keep Tomberg’s identity a “secret,” nor is it necessary to identify him. For me, it’s just observing a convention; yes, maybe that’s an affectation, but hopefully a harmless one. I’m currently teaching a class on Meditations on the Tarot, and I said the first night of the class, “The author’s real name is Valentin Tomberg, and the convention among many of his students and critics is to call him the “Unknown Author.’ I follow the convention, but hopefully not neurotically.”
Changing the subject slightly: have you read Covenant of the Heart? I have not yet. If you have, what are your thoughts on it?
Yes…and loaned it out and never got it
back and never ordered it again. perhaps
I ought…it is a collection of things
and a bit out of the desk drawer you know,
not a single coherant thing like meditations
(and for me especially the first half or
so of that) the Lazarus is maybe the center
piece of Covenant…I have also read his earlier
anthroposophical period commentaries on scripture
(Revelation and …and what, I left them behind
the Gospels, John likely enough) it is a little
like examining a substructure…it is full
of the half mad obssessive detail of the
Steiner people (think of the doctor as Goethe
with elevator not reaching top floor) and it
makes one wonder how much of this remains,
how much of the crack-pot, in Meditations?
I should say more than people like von Balthasar
(who of course also had his own special depths–
relation to Adrienne Speyer etc) might have
realized, but less than the occultists who study
it now suppose…and they certainly err in
discounting his Catholic faith, in thinking his
“Pope” is not the one in Rome etc I am rambling
I do not think covenant of the heart is essential
interesting he died on Majorca …place
of Raimundo Lull…
these, yours fraternally as we say in the trade
What you are saying is probably closer to how it was meant. I’ve been reading a book called Beyond Fear by Don Miguel Ruiz who is a nagual or shaman in the Toltec tradition. He talks about how a lot of our problems are caused by a Judge who lives inside us and tells us we aren’t good enough. That was the first thing I thought of when I read your quote but it probably had a toatlly different meaning.
Well, I know all about the “you’re-not-good-enough” Judge. And that’s one Judge I can do without!
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