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By Arthur L. Clements

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Meditation, Louis Martz points out, ''cultivates the basic, the lower levels of the spiritual life; it is not, properly speaking, a mystical activity, but a part of the duties of every man in daily life" (The Poetry of Meditation, 16). Even more than as a set form of prayer, meditation was understood as a lower, early, or pre-mystical stage of the spiritual life, which may very well employ certain forms of prayer. It was considered an almost indispensable preparation for the progressive realization of mystical experience or contemplation, the higher level and goal of spiritual progress.

Copyright (c) 1964, 1971 by Angelo Ravagli and C. M. Weekley, Executors of the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA, Inc. From The Collected Letters of D. H. Lawrence by D. H. Lawrence. Copyright 1932 by the Estate of D. H. Lawrence. Copyright renewed (c) 1960 by the Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Vikig Penguin, a division of Penguin Books USA, Inc. "The Bear" from Body Rags by Galway Kinnell.

13). Writing on Plotinus, Andrew Louth remarks, "unlikeness, difference, obscures the soul's simplicity and likeness to the divine. The 'way,' then, will be recovery of its simplicity, of its kinship to the devine. This will involve purification, both in the sense of the restoration of its own beauty, and in the cutting off of what has sullied that purity. The soul is to seek for itself, for its true self, and in doing that it is seeking for the divine, for the soul belongs to the divine, it has kinship with the divine" (42-43).

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