‘I Live; Yet Not I’

 

St. Paul, the passionate convert: ‘I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me.

[Gal 2:20; Paul’s letters preceded the Gospels.]

The certitude that one is ‘Being Lived’ is normal for every serious Meditation Practioneer as he begins to lose his sense of separation, as he approaches the vicinity of  Shūnyam.

But then the vivid religious imagination of the prophet, an imagination steeped in regional, mythic and ethnic roots, comes to the fore.

Enter a God made in the image of the King, granting favor and demanding punishment, offering eternal life and asking the sacrifice of all temporal tethering.

He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross‘. The closing lines of St. Paul’s translation of likely the first Christian hymn.