“He does much who loves God much, and he does much who does his deed well, and he does his deed well who does it rather for the common good than for his own will.” – Kempis, Thomas
Everything exists on all levels of the reality continuum. It is fascinating to ponder what level a quote like the one above was conceived upon.
What did Kempis mean by “loves God?” Was it essentially an emotional level? Was it a level of enlightenment? Was it Cosmic or dualistic? Could it even be the level of Unity with God? And what did he mean by deed “for the common good”? Was he simply a good deed doer? Or was he living a life aligned with “the cosmic flow”?
Certainly, all levels of reality are interconnected. But the level an individual functions from most directly, most fully, says everything about who the person is and exactly what his words mean to him.
To understand a person is to sense, not the literal meaning of the words he speaks, but the level from which he speaks those words.