The Song of Solomon is the most exquisitely beautiful poem or Canticle full of allegory allusion and metaphor. It elevates us from the darkness of the gross material to the purity of the divine. A sacred marriage between heaven and earth. It is arguably one of the first written poems that speaks of the divine(re) union (theosis ) between God and(wo) man.
I was hoping in reading this Markle would connect to the more heavenly realms
Through lovemaking and procreation, we participate in the creative activity of the Source of Life. In a flash of insight, two lovers may even realize that they are one with that Source. Beneath the illusion of separateness, there is only one universal Self. Following a more ascetic path, Christian mystics, like Meister Eckhart and Teresa of Avila, made the same discovery, as did the mystics of other great spiritual traditions:
The mystics are not content to have a relationship with God via priests and institutions but look inside themselves to know God directly. When they do, God is revealed as an all-embracing love that unites the universe into one indivisible whole. In communion with God, the mystics no longer experience themselves as separate individuals but as expressions of the Oneness.
— Timothy Freke, “The Wisdom of the Christian Mystics”
I agree anon, we were built for so much better, in fact, the” image ” of God is our birthright, its who we are. Getting back to that place is our reason for” being ”
Rochester! Actually more to the old libertine than meets the eye. This is a very interesting sumnation of his works and the part they played as social commentary.
The Wife of Bath. Bawdy, but somehow innocent in that bawdiness?
I looked at an article on “Cuties ” . It’s pornographic and degrades the innocence of childhood. Interestingly it is not there to appeal to the paedophile but to inure the rest of the population to this degradation and to accept this as the norm. It is there to remove us from our union with God and our passion for life and all living things. It is nihilistic and is there to bring about our spiritual death.
How far removed is this from the ecstatic union with God found within the poetry of the Song of Solomon?
“God is a scorching fire, the Creator a raging inferno. He is discovered not in the monotony of subsistence but in the ecstasy of living.
And our relationship with God and with all things must be suffused with passion.”
Extracted from Times of Israel