|Chapter 1||The Great Gospel of John, Book 1|
19. The feeling of exaltation puts up a mighty resistance to such humiliation and wants to crush the other feeling.
20. Such a conflict then causes anger and finally hate against the First Cause of all that exists and resulting from that against the lowly feeling of humility and dependence, whereupon the feeling of exaltation becomes weak and benighted and the primal light within the created being gives way to night and darkness. This night and this darkness is then hardly able to recognise the primal light within itself and, as blind but still independent, distances itself from the First Cause of its existence and creation unable to recognise the same in its delusion.
(John 1:5) And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not comprehend it.
21. Therefore, this primordial light may shine in such night as brightly as it may, but since the night, although it has also originated from the light is no longer able to see properly, it does not recognise the light coming into such night in order to transform it once more into the true original light.
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