Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Some Questions for Jakob Boehme

Jakob Boehme (1575-1624):

You want to seek God by this or that opinion: one is of the Pope's
opinion, the other of Luther's opinion, the third of Calvin's, and so
forth. There is no end to opinions; all this is nothing but intellectual
contention. You will not find rebirth and the precious stone in strife or any great wisdom. You must relinquish everything in this world, be it as high-sounding as it is, and must go into yourself. (Quoted from David Manning White, Eternal Quest (New York: Paragon House, 1991), p. 103)

Is this not an opinion? Do you not claim it to be true? If so, how do you know it to be true? Are you quite sure that the discursive intellect cannot attain truth? If it cannot attain truth, how did it attain this truth? Must not a consistent mystic refrain from every exercise of the discursive intellect?