07 March 2007

You are here to kneel.

And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all. Either you had no purpose
Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
And is altered in fulfillment.

...




If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid. And prayer is more
Than an order of words, the conscious occupation
Of the praying mind, or the sound of the voice praying.







T. S. Elliot, Quartets IV.I

2 comments:

jamie said...

In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do know know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.

Pinon Coffee said...

I think I'm beginning to understand the Four Quartets.