On Philosophical Writings|
& Spiritual Illumination
I know indeed that others have written on the same subjects; but who they are, is more than they know themselves.
Thus much at least, I can say about all writers, past or future, who say they know the things to which I devote
myself, whether by hearing the teaching of me or of others, or by their own discoveries that according to my view
it is not possible for them to have any real skill in the matter. There neither is nor ever will be a treatise of
mine on the subject. For it does not admit of exposition like other branches of knowledge; but after much converse
about the matter itself and a life lived together, suddenly a light, as it were, is kindled in one soul by a flame
that leaps to it from another, and thereafter sustains itself.
Translated by J. Harward (click to read complete 7th Letter).
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