often surprises me how deeply sunk in phenomena most men are, how
much they identify themselves with their own everyday world of appearances,
and how little strength of imagination they have... [Memoirs, Frithjof
to the Vedanta the contemplative must become absolutely Himself;
according to other perspectives such as that of the Semitic religions,
man must become absolutely Other than himself
or than the I which from the point of view of
pure truth amounts to exactly the same thing.
knowledge which man does or can enjoy is at the same time animal,
human and Divine. It is animal in so far as man knows through the
senses; it is human when he knows by reason; and it is Divine in
the contemplative activity of the intellect. Now man could not be
Divine without first being human; the intellect, in the direct and
higher meaning of the word (for the reason and the senses also derive
indirectly from the intellect), cannot be actualized, in the human
domain, in a being lacking in reason.