Know Thyself (Gnothi seauton)

This saying, associated but not originating with Socrates, is such that we cannot pay it due homage in a paragraph or two. Those most wise say it directs the seeker to the Divinity within. In this sublime realm, Art may serve us better than science. More fitting, then, is to quote a few stanzas of the poem, Gnothi Seauton, by the American Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
If thou canst bear
Strong meat of simple truth
If thou durst my words compare
With what thou thinkest in my soul’s free youth,
Then take this fact unto thy soul,--
God dwells in thee.
It is no metaphor nor parable,
It is unknown to thousands, and to thee;
Yet there is God.

Give up to thy soul--
Let it have its way--
It is, I tell thee, God himself,
The selfsame One that rules the Whole,
Tho’ he speaks thro’ thee with a stifled voice,
And looks through thee, shorn of his beams.
But if thou listen to his voice,
If thou obey the royal thought,
It will grow clearer to thine ear,
More glorious to thine eye.
The clouds will burst that veil him now
And thou shalt see the Lord.

This is the reason why thou dost recognize
Things now first revealed,
Because in thee resides
The Spirit that lives in all;
And thou canst learn the laws of nature
Because its author is latent in thy breast.

Shall I ask wealth or power of God, who gave
An image of himself to be my soul?
As well might swilling ocean ask a wave,
Or the starred firmament a dying coal,--
For that which is in me lives in the whole.

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