Originally posted by symbolon
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one"
Reality forever eludes us. Infinity mocks our puny efforts to imprison it in definition and dogma. Our most splendid realizations are only
adumbrations of the Light. In his endeavours, man is but a mollusk seeking to encompass the ocean.
Yet man may not cease his struggle to find God. There is a yearning in his soul that will not let him rest, an urge that compels him to attempt the
impossible, to attain the unattainable.
He lifts feeble hands to grasp the stars and despite a million years of failure and millenniums of disappointment, the soul of man springs heavenward
with even greater avidity than when the race was young.
He pursues, even though the flying ideal eternally slips from his embrace. Even though he never clasps the goddess of his dreams, he refuses to
believe that she is a phantom. To him she is the only reality. He reaches upward and will not be content until the sword of Orion is in his hands, and
glorious Arcturus glearns from his breast.
Man is Parsifal searching for the Sacred Cup; Sir Launfal adventuring for the Holy Grail. Life is a divine adventure, a splendid quest...
Language falls. Words are mere cyphers, and who can read the riddle? These words we use, what are they but vain shadows of form and sense? We strive
to clothe our highest thought with verbal trappings that our brother may see and understand; and when we would describe a saint he sees a demon; and
when we would present a wise man he beholds a fool. "Fie upon you," he cries;
"thou, too, art a fool."
So wisdom drapes her truth with symbolism, and covers her insight with allegory. Creeds, rituals, poems are parables and symbols.
The ignorant take them literally and build for themselves prison houses of words and with bitter speech and bitterer taunt denounce those who will not
join them in the dungeon. Before the rapt vision of the seer, dogma and ceremony, legend and trope dissolve and fade, and he sees behind the fact the
truth, behind the symbol the Reality.
Through the shadow shines ever the Perfect Light.