In that painful moment when the finite self discovers its own nothingness it again turns by contrast to the larger Self …
(I can) perceive my all-knowing Self as a living intuition in those happy moments when I am lifted above mere finite self-consciousness.
Since then, such an absolute Self exists, I am fully known, I am known far better than I could ever know myself; and I rejoice that this is so. If I could thus see myself as I fully am, I should probably find myself as one among many individuals, standing for some idea which no other soul is so well adapted to represent, a character which all other souls probably share in their own way. It is enough for me to know that I am needed.
I am fated to miss my true self until, having exhausted mere self-scrutiny, I await in silence, and let myself be discovered as a moment embosomed in eternity, a word in the divine language, a quality of purest absolute being. That which a moment before seemed hard and fast limitation now appears in its true light as an element of beauty, inseparably and intimately relating the finite to the infinite. No self is complete until it thus becomes self-conscious. No self is in full self-possession until it knows itself in God. … Here is the joyous passage into the divine.
If at one moment I seem puny and ignorant, at another–in the ineffable moment of illumination–I am the heir of all the ages and of all wisdom. In these two moments I know myself first as finite, then as infinite. I did not seek out this my deepest truth. I did not reason it out. It sought me, and I recognized the Seeker.
– excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser, The Perfect Whole:
An Essay on the Conduct and Meaning of Life, 1896
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked (Jesus) a question, tempting him,
and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him,
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul,
and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
The Bible, King James Version