Sunday, January 17, 2016

Following an Exemplary Person

Father John Tauler
"It might here be said that the teaching of an exemplary man is from God, therefore you should always follow it. I answer that the teaching of an exemplary man is from God, but it is still in the intermediate, and so long as a man thus stands he is not immediately touched by God, for to be so he should not follow any creature, but God.

“If, however, he has come so far that God touches him without any mediation, he should give way to no creature. For God has revealed to him a light in which he cannot err, and God gives him enough to do with himself, so that he forgets all creatures, and therefore, says the Master of Nature (Aristotle), ‘Whoso is touched by the First Cause must follow no human counsel, but him who is above all human counsel’.”
Selections from Doctor John Tauler (Wisdom Series)

(From Patricia: The Zen poet Basho wrote: "Do not follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.")

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