On Silence and Sophia
- I would like to share a few quotes from my Rabbi's
book The Divine Feminine:
Detached Not Hidden:
Be detached from your own welfare,
and impartial when considering others.
Do not stay silent when speech is called for,
nor abandon the world to hide in spirit.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 4:22 - 23
Reshape the River:
The right words can point to Wisdom,
and learning can increase through speech.
Only do not speak against truth,
nor pretend to know what you do not.
Admit your mistakes, and do not reshape the river.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 4:24 - 26
Rabbi's comment on this passage:
" The sage is not opposed to speech, nor does she
overvalue silence. Each has its place and time, and
the sage does what is appropriate to the moment.
The difference between the sage and the fool is in the
quality of their speech and their silence. The sage
speaks what she knows, the fool what he desires. The
sage is silent when unclear about the truth, the fool
is silent when she is caught in a lie.
The sage admits her wrongs and corrects them; the fool
is silent about his mistakes and repeats them. The
sage knows the current and flows with it; the fool
seeks to reshape the river to conform to his desire. "
Stive for Truth:
Do not align yourself to fools,
nor align yourself with rank and power.
Strive always for truth,
and God shall be your power.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 4:27 - 28
" The sage desires no rank. She is the servant who is
first by being last. Her power is like water, and
yielding yet capable of waring away the hardest stone.
Whenever youi find yourself craving rank and power,
know that you are in the grasp of falsehood. Stop what
you are doing and find Wisdom. "
Come to Me:
There are those who teach many,
yet are deaf to their own instruction.
There are others whose words are clever,
but whose meaning is false.
These shall starve,
for they are deprived of Wisdom.
Those who follow their own teachings
and prosper therein,
these are the trustworthy sages.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 37:19 - 22
"Not all who are called sages are wise. Some instruct
well, and yet cannot follow their own instruction. If
they do so willfully, shun them; if they do so because
that is the best they can do, learn from them, but be
Others are masters of words, but their words are empty
of meaning. These serve only themselves, even if they
are convinced that this cannot be so. Do not take to
heart everything you hear. Wisdom is not irrational,
though She may be nonrational. Wisdom is never against
reason, thought She may transcend reason.
How to tell the true sage from the false? By their
fruits. If they prosper their teachings rather than by
selling them, they are sages worthy of your loyalty
Wisdom shouts aloud in the street,
Her voice trumps the tulmut of the market:
How long will you cling to cynicism and folly?
How long will you dull your minds with foolishness"
You are indifferent to My words,
yet I will speak My mind, and share My thoughts...
Proverbs 1:20 - 23
Wisdom Is Not Silent:
Wisdom is not silent;
She boldly raises Her voice above the din.
She stands upon the most desolate peak,
and the busiest highway.
at every intersection, gate and doorway.
Listen to Me, all of you!
Listen to Me, for I speak of noble things.
Truth comes from My lips;
My words are just and simple
Reason and understanding will show you
the rightness of My words.
Accept Me rather than silver and fine gold.
For I surpass rubies; nothing equals the gift I offer
Proverbs 8:1 - 11
Doer of All Things:
Although She is one,
She does all things.
Without leaving Herself
She renews all things.
Generation after generation She slips into holy souls,
Making them friends of God, and prophets;
for God loves none more than those who dwell with
Wisdom of Solomon 7:27 - 28
All You Have and Are:
Come to Her with all you are,
and keep Her ways with all you have.
Search and seek, and She will be found,
and when you hold Her, do not let Her go.
For in this is perfect rest and joy.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 6:26 - 28
"Holding back who you are is hiding. Holding back what
you have is hesitation. Hiding and hesitation keep you
Holding back nothing of who you are is honesty.
Holding back of what you have is simplicity. Honesty
and simplicity are the ways to wisdom.
When you find Her, hold Her tightly. Do not let Her
go, but surrender yourself to Her in perfect rest and
joy. You find rest because you are no longer
pretending to be what you are not. You find joy
because you are no longer hoarding what you have."
All You Have and Are:
If you are willing, you will be taught.
If you are dilligent, you will progress.
If you listen, you will learn.
If you pay attention you will become wise.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 6:32 - 33
"Wisdom is willing to give Herself to you. She calls
to you from the rooftoops and crossroads. Her desire
is for you, but you must desire Her in return. She
cannot force you to love Her. She will not seduce you
into following Her. She is waiting for you, even
pursuing you, but never coercing you.
Will you come to Her? It is up to you. Will you let
yourself be taught? Will you devote yourself to Her
discipline? Will you listen that you may hear Her
lessons? Will you focus that you may become wise?
Wisdom's love of you is choicelss. Your love for Her
must be the same."
Come to Me:
You who eat Me
shall yet be hungry,
and you who drink Me
shall yet be thirsty.
Only you who obey Me
shall know clarity.
Only you who align with Me
shall know simplicity.
Wisdom of Jesus ben Sirach 24:21 - 22
There are fools who prentend to be sages, and sages
who are mistaken for fools. Look beneath the surface
and be not content with appearances.
The fool who pretends to Wisdom uses silence as a
ploy, pretending to know and not say, when does not
know what to say. The sage speaks, but only when
speech is necessary. Sometimes the speech is harsh: Do
not mistake the sage for a coward or a pushover. Do
not take the sage for an enabler. The sage sees the
grain of the momemt and lays it bare. Somtimes harsh,
somtimes comforting, the moment determines what the
sage says, while the fool is driven by a compulsion to
manipulate self and others.
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