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 apart
the inky veils of feeble-minded
and unmitigated ignorance
– the primal sin that makes
the untaught err and stumble.
Yet it is nobler still by far
to let the flame of wisdom softly
spread its light of cognizance,
to gently guide the common fools;
the lost, the fearful, righteous,
arrogant, and know-it-alls,
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 can’t find light,
nor strength to wholly live.
No terror – anywhere on Earth
or in the heavens – comes close
to 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 that will endure,
once humans cast out vicious hate.
Then freedom reigns, unspoiled
by haughty flags and national
intrigues, unchained from all
beguiling dogmas that enslave.
© Dietmar Rothe, 2004
The poem was inspired by the wise teachings of Jmmanuel (Jesus) as retold in the Talmud of Jmmanuel [TJ26:27,28]:
There is no eye equal to wisdom, no darkness equal to ignorance, no power equal to the power of the spirit, and no terror equal to the poverty of consciousness.
There is no higher happiness than wisdom, no better friend than knowledge, and no other savior than the power of the spirit.
It 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 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. Commercial reproduction requires written permission from the author.