“Settle It In Yourself”

“Settle It In Yourself”

Settle it in yourself what it is I am.
And so I’ll always be, whether in the present
Mist or at some future bridge, a resident
Of residue and exigency. The man
I am abides the evident and final verdict.
Of course, you’ll turn the page, perhaps,
And possibly discard the volume on your lap
For tomes of better binding, fresher leaves, a sweeter sap
Than blood through veins; a shot of déjà vu within a wider habitat.
Still, it falls to you to test the afterthought, abide
The whole, and to this end both of us were born.
Forgetfulness is sound advice; while in a cage a single page is torn
From some eternal book and words enough remain to satisfy
The need to let it rest between us, firmly stated, fully formed:
We face the same eternity and once created cannot be outworn.

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4 responses to ““Settle It In Yourself”

  1. “And so I’ll always be, whether in the present
    Mist or at some future bridge…”

    Very evocative imagery…

    “…a sweeter sap
    Than blood through veins…”

    Yet, can there be a sweeter sap :-)

    “…it falls to you to test the afterthought, abide
    The whole, and to this end both of us were born.”

    Can you explicate this a bit?? (It’s not that it has no meaning for me–I would like your meaning :-)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    And, the following is superb in its potential stand-alone quality:

    “Forgetfulness is sound advice; while in a cage a single page is torn
    From some eternal book and words enough remain to satisfy
    The need to let it rest between us, firmly stated, fully formed:
    We face the same eternity and once created cannot be outworn.”

    • I think it one of the more esoteric discoveries within whatever the journey of my life that the “lower nature” or perhaps what are considered the mechanics of the mind cannot conceive of abstracts centred on the existence of God, the reality of the soul, and beyond this in fact anything that cannot be verified within the physically perceived. It is perhaps a sign of maturity or even of wisdom, possibly the occasional divine bounty that coming to grips with the perceptions imagined (as they all are) by the mind does not require their destruction or removal, but rather an acceptance as a natural phenomenon just as surely as one accepts the same in one’s fellows or even the physical aspects of one’s own gas or hunger, appetites stemming from the instincts and not at all from one’s soul.

      In one way or another, a healthy approach to such things includes the acknowledgement of their existence, nothing more, nothing less. In any given day, a certain “morbidity” will occur in the thinking of any conscious being. Such “thoughts” are right up there with those of dangers, annihilation, fears and general concerns that we simplistically catalogue under the headings of “Vain Imaginings” or “Idle Thoughts.” Equally potent (for me at least) are their opposites, the narcissistic thoughts of heightened stations and attributes based on denial and/or hubris (the pleasant variety or otherwise) or even the result of natural ignorance itself, that are equally to be merely catalogued, placed on “hold,” and ultimately ignored. With or without choice, while we live we are imperfect despite in the course of an eternity of existence; it is the intrinsic state and outcome of having been created and not at all to the glory the author or catalyst of creation of any other thing; after all, for any created thing there is always the condition of imperfection in the face of the Creator Himself.

      Of course, without the Manifestation, no such approach is possible; with the Manifestation, such any approach to such positive or negative régimes is not only possible but imperative, otherwise, God help the host to either of these extremities. It is the reason for which I have noticed that every third or fourth sonnet appears to decry the content of the previous three or four in the same pattern as every third or fourth day’s proceeds appear to negate past accomplishment and, at the same time, what accomplishment is forthcoming even before what, for lack of any better terms we envision as hope or expectations vis-à-vis the future.. Such sonnets as these are the ballast to the mortal vessel, there to provide balance and to be jettisoned in moments of dire need of weighty spiritual sovereignty.

      “According to divine philosophy, there are two important and universal conditions in the world of material phenomena; one which concerns life, the other concerning death; one relative to existence, the other non-existence; one manifest in composition, the other in decomposition. Some define existence as the expression of reality or being, and non-existence as non-being, imagining that death is annihilation. This is a mistaken idea, for total annihilation is an impossibility. At most, composition is ever subject to decomposition or disintegration; that is to say, existence implies the grouping of material elements in a form or body, and non-existence is simply the de-composing of these groupings. This is the law of creation in its endless forms and infinite variety of expression. Certain elements have formed the composite creature man. This composite association of the elements in the form of a human body is therefore subject to disintegration which we call death, but after disintegration the elements themselves persist unchanged. Therefore total annihilation is an impossibility, and existence can never become non-existence. This would be equivalent to saying that light can become darkness, which is manifestly untrue and impossible. As existence can never become non-existence, there is no death for man; nay, rather, man is everlasting and ever-loving.” ―‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 263

      If God pronounces any name, the only response possible is “Here am I,” nothing more, nothing less.

      “The man I am abides the evident and final verdict.” So much for individual duty to “know” Him and to “worship” Him and so much for the subjective. By the same token, we, the created, cannot but apply the same criteria in regard both to ourselves and to all other souls and creation, itself.

      “Of course, you’ll turn the page, perhaps,
      And possibly discard the volume on your lap
      For tomes of better binding, fresher leaves, a sweeter sap
      Than blood through veins; a shot of déjà vu within a wider habitat.”

      Whether I turn the pages of my own book or those of any other soul, and possibly disregard both in favour of even greater perfections in His Creation, there is no other choice insofar as we exist by His bounty and continue to exist because He has already uttered the word “Be” and of course “it is,” whether consciously acknowledged or in ignorance of the same. The same indictment belongs to any other souls alive.

      “…it falls to you to test the afterthought, abide
      The whole, and to this end both of us were born.”

      In whatever the form, the eternal indivisibility of any of us has no choice but to exist and to abide with and test whatever the profundity of existence, itself, both in ourselves and in others for both subjective and objective reasons because no created thing on earth or in heaven has the power of annihilation, and it is because this is intrinsic to our creation, our state of being that we must in time ultimately, eventually, discover eternity, the very sap of our own beings that has been placed beyond the potentials and pretentions of any body or mind and squarely on the shoulders of spiritual ethereal being or entity that in and of itself is unaffected by its own material being and outside the confines of natural law, in short, one’s immortal soul rests eternally and entirely outside the bailiwick of the present confined substantial existence notwithstanding one’s daily natural conceits or the peculiar sensations of déjà vu. For the mortal mind and body there is no rest because no created physical reality in this world is static or motionless; for the eternal soul, no notion of motion at all and entirely beyond effort of any kind no labour or the necessity of rest from toil.

  2. Thank you :-)

    As regards the soul’s “protection” from being “corrupted” by the material being…

    Can you explicate the difference between that Truth and this?:

    “Heaven and hell are symbolic of the soul’s relationship to God.”

    (Misc Baha’i, Brittanica article, p. 6)

    • I have emailed a reply to this last comment; I hope whatever I have written relates to whatever your question to me is. The question and the citation are so cryptic as to leave a wide gap, wide enough, perhaps, so that I may not have understood what the question was and may have missed the mark in my response to it.

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