Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Burnt Norton section II

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
These lines from the second stanza describe the "still point," which is the Logos or Word--which the Book of John explains most succinctly:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

What an incredible image this presents, showing us God as the still point that is the center of everything and which is everything.

The section ends with the rose garden and the significance of time:

To be conscious is not to be in time
But only in time can the moment in the rose-garden,
The moment in the arbour where the rain beat,
The moment in the draughty church at smokefall
Be remembered; involved with past and future.
Only through time time is conquered.

Time is part of the turning world, not the still point, and yet the world is also the Word.

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