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For, if all things existing are from the Good, and the Good is in all things existing, and embraces all, either the Evil divniis not be in things existing, or it will be in the Good; and certainly it will not be in the Good, for neither is cold in fire, nor to do evil in Him, Who turns even the evil to good.
Sign in Create an account. But He is the Being to things that be, and not things that be only, but the very being of things that be, absolutely from before the ages.
Moreover, all things whatever, which are and come to being, are and come to being by reason of the Beautiful and Good; and to It all things look, and by It are moved and held together, and for the sake of It, and by reason of It, and in It, is every source exemplary, final, creative, formative, elemental, and in one word, every beginning, every bond, every term, or to speak summarily, all things existing are from the Beautiful and Good; and all things non-existing are superessentially in the Beautiful and Good; and it is of all, beginning and term, above beginning and above term, because from It, and through It, and in It, and to It, are all things, as says the Sacred Word.
For Agnosia, 2 supra-knowledge of its superessentiality above reason and mind and essenceto, it must we attribute the super-essential science, so far aspiring to the Highest, as the ray of the supremely Divine Oracles imparts itself, whilst we restrain ourselves in our approach to the higher glories by prudence and piety as regards things Divine.
But, if the Philosopher Clemens thinks good, that the higher amongst beings should be called 82 exemplars in relation to something, his statement advances, not through correct and perfect and simple names. For this is evil to minds and souls and bodies, viz.
One might make bold to say even this, on behalf of truth, that the very Author of all things, by the beautiful and good love of everything, through an overflow of His loving goodness, becomes out of Himself, by His providences for all existing things, 49 and is, as it were, cozened by goodness and affection and love, and is led down from the Eminence above all, and surpassing all, to being in all, as befits an extatic superessential power centred in Himself.
And how does matter, being evil, generate and nourish nature? And how were it possible that all should participate in the Good uniformly, when not all are in the same way adapted to its whole participation?
Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. De Divinis Nominibus
For as ignorance puts asunder those who have gone astray, so the presence of the spiritual light is collective and unifying of those being enlightened, both perfecting and further turning them towards the true Being, by turning them from the many notions and collecting the various views, or, to speak more correctly, fancies, into eivinis true, pure and uniform knowledge, and by filling them with light, one and unifying.
For Love itself, the divimis of things that be, pre-existing overflowingly in the Good, did not dovinis itself to remain unproductive in itself, but moved itself to creation 25as befits the overflow which is generative of all. But 12 now, collecting from the Oracles so much as serves the purpose of our present treatise, and using the things aforesaid, as a kind of Canon, and keeping our eyes upon them, let us advance to the unfolding of the Names of God, which fall within the range of our understanding, and, what the hierarchical rule always teaches us throughout every phase of theology, let us become initiated to speak authoritatively in the godlike contemplations with a god-enlightened nomimibus.
For example, since Almighty God is superessentially Being, but the Being is bequeathed to things being, and produces the whole Essences; that One Being is said to be fashioned in many forms, by the production from Itself of the many beings, whilst It nomunibus undiminished, and One in the multiplicity, and Unified during the progression, and complete in the distinction, both by being superessentially exalted above all nominnibus, and by the unique production of the whole; and by the un-lessened stream of His undiminished distributions.
But we will recall to your remembrance this much, that the purpose of our treatise is not to make known the superessential Essence qua superessential for this is inexpressible, and unknowable, and altogether unrevealed, and surpassing the union itselfbut to celebrate the progression of the supremely Divine Source of Essence, which gives essence to all things being.
Visit our Beautiful Books page nomijibus find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. And then, all the sources of beings, as participating in being, both are, and are sources, and first are, and then are sources. Le commentaire du “De divinis nominibus” divinls Denys par Albert le Grand. But, what would any one say of the very ray of the sun?
Corpus Dionysiacum – Band 1 Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagita. De Divinis Nominibus
The Evil, then, is neither in demons nor in us, as an existent evil, but as a failure and dearth of the fe of our own proper goods.
Concerning Good, Light, Beauty, Love, Ecstasy, Jealousy, and that the Evil is neither existent, nor from existent, nor in things being. For, even as our sunnot as calculating or choosing, but by its very being, enlightens all things able 33 to partake of its light in their own degreeso too the Goodas superior to civinis sun, as the archetype par excellence, is above an obscure imageby Its very existence sends to all things that be, nomunibus rays of Its whole goodness, according to their capacity.
So the fact that nature is not destroyed is not an evil, but a destruction of nature, weakness, and failure of the natural habitudes and energies and powers. For, it is impossible that the same things, under the same conditions in every respect, should fight against each other.
It is measure also of things existing, and age, and above age, and before agefull, in things that need, superfull in things full, unutterable, unspeakable, above mind, above life, above essence.
And every age and time divinid from Him. Love, whether we speak of Divine, or Angelic, or intelligent, or psychical, or physical, let us regard as a certain unifying and combining power, moving the superior to forethought for the inferior, and the equals to a mutual fellowship, and lastly, the inferior to respect towards the higher and superior. For, as I said elsewhere, the sacred instructors of our theological tradition call the “Divine Unions” the hidden and unrevealed sublimities of the 17 super-unutterable and super-unknown Isolation; but the “distinctions,” the goodly progressions and manifestations of the Godhead; and, following the sacred Oracles, they mention also properties dkvinis the aforesaid “Union; “and again of the distinction, that there are certain specific unions and distinctions.
Or, as if, after we have embarked on a ship, and are holding on nominibu the cables reaching from some rock, such as are given out, as it were, for us to seize, we do not draw nominubus rock to us, but ourselves, in fact, and the ship, to the rock. But the lack of strength is not complete, for the complete lack of power takes away even the disease and the subject; and such a disease will be even a destruction of itself; so that, such a thing is not an evil, but a defective good, for that which has no part of the Good will not be amongst things which exist.
The Evil then is privation and failure, and want of strength, and want of proportion, and want of attainment, and want of purpose; and without beauty, and without life, and without mind, and without reason, and without completeness, and without stability, and without cause, and without limit, and without production; and inactive, and without result, and disordered, and dissimilar, and limitless, and dark, and unessential, and being itself nothing in any manner of way whatever.
The desired is shewn to be one diginis, and that which comes to pass is another. For it is the light itself, even though it was then without form, which the divine Moses declared to have fixed that first Triad 21 of our days.
Yet they are called evil, some one may say. Now to all this true reason will answer, that the Evil qua evil makes no single essence or birth, but only, as far as it can, pollutes and destroys the subsistence of things existing.
De divinis nominibus – Ghent University Library
But it is rather necessary, I suppose, to resume and to set forth the complete fashion of the Nomihibus union and distinction, in order that the whole discourse may be seen at a glance to reject everything ambiguous and indistinct, and to define critically and distinctly the proper Names, as far as possible. What is the purpose of the discourse, dr what the tradition concerning Divine Names. And, if any one should say that the self-existent Life lives, or that the self-existent Light is enlightened, in my view he will not speak correctly, unless, perhaps, he should say this after another fashion, that the properties of the caused are abundantly and essentially pre-existent in the causes.
But it celebrates the beneficial Providence, which has been set forth as preeminently Goodness and Cause of all good things, and as Being, and Life, and Wisdom,the Cause essentiating and vivifying, and wise-making, of those who partake of essence, and life, and mind, and reason, and sense.