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CHAPTER XIV



ILLUMINATION AS EXPRESSED IN THE POETICAL TEMPERAMENT


Poetry the language of Cosmic Consciousness. Unconscious instruments of the Cosmic law. The true poet and 

the maker of rhymes. The mission and scope of the poetical temperament. How "temperament" affects 
expression. No royal road to Illumination. Teaching of Oriental mysticism. Whitman's extraordinary 

experience. His idea of "Perfections." Lord Tennyson's two distinct states of consciousness; his early boyhood 

and strange experiences. Facts about his illumination. The after effects. Tennyson's vision of the future. 
Wordsworth, the poet of Nature. How he attained and lost spiritual illumination. How he again received the 

great Light. The evidences of two states of consciousness. Outline of his illumination. Noguchi--a most 

remarkable instance of Illumination in early youth; Lines expressive of an exalted state of consciousness; how 
it resulted in later life. The strange case of William Sharp and "Fiona Macleod:" a perfect example of dual 

consciousness; the distinguishing features of the self and the Self; the fine line of demarcation. How the writer 

succeeded in living two distinct lives and the result. Remarkable contribution to literature. A puzzling instance 
of phases of consciousness.





CHAPTER XV


METHODS OF ATTAINMENT: THE WAY OF ILLUMINATION



The four Oriental methods of liberation. The goal of the soul's pilgrimage. Strange theory advanced. 
Revolutionary results that follow. How to perceive the actuality of the higher Self. Gaining immortality "In 

the flesh;" What Revelation has promised and its substantiation in modern Science. The prize and the price. 

Some valuable Yoga exercises to induce spiritual ecstacy. What "union with God" really means. The 
"Brahmic Bliss" of the Upanashads. The new race; its powers and privileges. "The man-god whom we await" 

as described by Emerson.



THE SELF AND SYMBOL


Thou most Divine! above all women Above all men in consciousness.


Thou in thy nearness to me Hast shown me paths of love. Yea; walks that lead from hell To the great light; 

where life and love Do ever reign.


Thou hast taught to me a patience To behold whatever state; However beautiful and joyful; however ugly and 

sorrowful.


To know that these are--all!--but The glimmerings of the greater life-- Expressions of the infinite.



According to the finality of that moment Now to come; in the eternal now, which thou Sweet Presence, hast 
awakened me to-- I see the light--the way.



An everlasting illumination That takes me to the gate; the open door To the house of God. There I find most 
priceless jewels; The key to all the ways, That lead from Om to thee.



A mistake--an off-turn from the apparent road of right Is but the bruising of thy temple, Calling thy Self--thy 
soul-- The God within; showing thee, The nita of it all; which is but the half of me.






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