A Quote by Richard Maurice Bucke on cosmic consciousness

Chapter 26  

Born 1840. Entered Cosmic Consciousness in 1872, at the age of thirty-two years. Was a member of a Presbyterian Church in good standing. Upon illumination left the church and has had no connection with any similar organization since. Was always an earnest,, thoughtful man. "In 1872 [an informant says] his friends thought for a time that he was becoming insane. He passed through a grave spiritual crisis, the exact nature of which is not known to me. Whatever it was, to all appearance passed over, and he has been ever since not only sane but exceptionally intelligent and right-minded. He is the best read Emerson scholar that I know. In all his home relations-by wife, children and friends-he is greatly beloved. He has a positive certainty of individual immortality. He is a very modest man, but has a certain air or manner which impresses those who meet him that he (being a mere clerk) is a richer man that his millionaire employers, and that he knows it"

The life is not in believing there is a divinity somewhere, but in knowing it. To know the Word of the Truth, and to have its spirit generated in the mind and heart, is to have its pure offspring-its Son­-begotten within, consciously crying "Father" with certitude.

This reveals the boundless radiance of the infinite face of the real Divinity, beaming on him who sees it its equipoise of "Mercy and Truth"[132:75].

Richard Bucke

Source: Cosmic Consciousness: A Study in the Evolution of the Human Mind

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