7. In wanting to theologise, do not attempt to
understand God in His essence because that is unattainable, not only for the
human but any other mind. As far as possible, ponder over His nature: eternal,
infinite, unfathomable, virtuous, wise and His
almighty power that directs everything and justly judges everyone. After all,
he who learns ó even a little ó about Godís nature, is already a great
theologian among people.
7. Self-centeredness closes the path toward
knowledge. If you want to be genuinely wise and not be a slave to your own
self-centeredness, then attempt to learn that which is concealed from your
mind. Then, in realizing how many things are completely unknown and strange to
you, you will be amazed at your own ignorance and subdue your conceit. Having
acknowledged your insignificance, you will be able to learn about many great
and wonderful works.
7. Among us there are many talkers, but few
achievers. Yet nobody should dare distort the word of God for his own benefit.
It is better for him to acknowledge his own weakness and not hide Godís truth,
than to become guilty of violating the commandments by warping Godís Word.
7. The Saints attain that, which is unattainable
to nature, because nature does not possess qualities to understand that which
transcends it. Indeed, the feeling of adoration is not accessible to nature
because it is incapable of knowing God. Only Godís grace possesses the ability
to communicate adoration to creatures through means accessible to them. Then
their nature shines with extraordinary light and through their surfeit of
glory, is elevated beyond their natural boundaries.
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