As we enter the new year 2005, our world remains divided and in turmoil. Yet, we also see unmistakable signs of spiritual awakening by a growing section of society, ready to begin the arduous journey leading to a higher level of consciousness. To help humanity on its path toward a brighter future, we offer the poem, "No Eye Equal to Wisdom," by Dietmar Rothe as a guiding light.
It is crucial at this time that the irrationality and destruction of war be recognized as a failure of human culture. The core values of wisdom and human consciousness need to be acknowledged, so that spirituality can replace ritual religious doctrine, and so that all-inclusiveness and cooperation can replace divisive competition and national arrogance. A transcendence in the level of human consciousness must take place for the natural viability of life on this planet to be saved, and for civilization to be spared a deadly cultural regression into a new dark age. Ignorance must be banished and human consciousness enriched, so that human minds and spirits can begin to heal, that peace, joy and freedom can reign and that Friedrich Schiller’s vision in his "Ode to Joy," of "all humans becoming brothers/sisters," can come true .
NO EYE EQUAL TO WISDOM
A noble quest wins he who
wields the lightning bolt of
truth, the sword of knowledge
tried and true , to tear to
smithereens the veils of inky,
black unmitigated ignorance
– the primal sin that makes
the untaught err and stumble.
Yet it is nobler still by far
to softly shine the gentle flame
of wisdom, light of cognizance,
upon the common fools,
the lost, the fearful, righteous,
arrogant and know-it-all’s,
so as to broaden and enrich
their needy, yearning souls.
Blessed are they whose spirit
richly thrives with cosmic wisdom,
moral logic and capacity for love.
For they will know the truth,
be brimming full with life; not
like the poor-in-spirit who subsist
in dread and don’t find light,
nor inner strength to wholly live.
No terror – anywhere on Earth
or in the heavens – comes close
to icy, loveless fear that permeates
the poor in consciousness. There
is no higher bliss than wisdom,
no better friend than knowing
truth, no savior other than
the living Spirit’s might.
The greatest human victory yet
unshackles those whose spirit is
enslaved by flawed, self-serving
and unnatural beliefs; is petrified
with fear of vengeful gods. Once
freed, a people’s spirit molds a will
to banish from their minds all
vengeance, envy, fear and greed.
With mind and spirit healed,
true justice can be won for all,
a chance for peace – a lasting peace
that can endure the test of time.
Then joy and freedom reign
unchained, unspoiled by haughty flags,
divisive national intrigues or
dogmas that enslave and lead astray.
Dietmar Rothe, 2004 *
The poem, "No Eye Equal to Wisdom," was inspired by the wise teachings of Jesus as retold in the "Talmud of Jmmanuel,"
– see http://www.tjresearch.info and http://www.avilabooks.com/Jmmanuel.htm
The poem was further influenced by quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749 - 1832]: "Noble let a person be, compassionate and good."
and from Friedrich Schiller’s [1759 - 1805] verse: "A higher conquest’s won by him who swings the lightning bolt of truth to free the human spirit-mind."
The poem was first posted on the internet on 1 December 2004, see [http://www.authorsden.com/dietmarrothe] and has received most favorable reviews from other contemporary authors:
Erin Kelly-Moen: "There is no higher bliss than wisdom, no better friend than knowing truth, no savior other than the living Spirit’s might."
These lines can stand alone to promote and encourage others to follow their creed.
Tracey O'Very: "Wow, Power packed truth. Very powerful message here."
Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU: "This poem flows from the stream of life to the sea of wisdom. A Scroll written with platinum stylus."
Robert Jude Forese : "...you have unearthed metaphysical wisdom and the enlightened consequence of those who venture into the realms of universal perspective and the intrinsic knowledge that man is an evolving creature who adorns the quintessential energy of an expanding spiritual being ..."
Dawn Richerson: "'With mind and spirit healed, true justice can be won for all, a chance for peace – a lasting peace'... and the real war being waged is the battle for our minds and spirits – many deceptive and alluring illusions that would keep us enslaved to darkness and separated from the possibility of peace within and in the world at large."
Eileen Tiger Lily: "Splendid enlightened poetry!"
* This poem is offered freely with heartfelt wishes to all who have ventured on a personal quest for spiritual knowledge and values, and for meaning in their lives. You are encouraged to copy it and distribute it freely. The poem can be downloaded in a printable form suitable for framing from http://www.avilabooks.com/Noeyequl.PDF, or a color copy on parchment paper can be ordered from the publisher by sending a $4 check to:
Avila Books / Publishing
PO Box 418
Cardiff, CA 92007, USA
Add another $12 and get a hardbound copy of "In Search of Truth and Freedom," signed by the author, Dietmar Rothe, and shipped free to any address.