We behold that darkness beyond being, concealed under all natural light

The simple, absolute and immutable mysteries of divine Truth
are hidden in the super-luminous darkness of that silence which
revealeth in secret. For this darkness, though of deepest obscurity,
is yet radiantly clear; and, though beyond touch and sight,
it more than fills our unseeing minds with splendours of transcendent
beauty. . . . We long exceedingly to dwell in this translucent
darkness and, through not seeing and not knowing, to see
Him who is beyond both vision and knowledge by the very
fact of neither seeing Him nor knowing Him. For this is truly to
see and to know and, through the abandonment of all things, to
praise Him who is beyond and above all things. For this is not
unlike the art of those who carve a life-like image from stone :
removing from around it all that impedes clear vision of the
latent form, revealing its hidden beauty solely by taking away.
For it is, as I believe, more fitting to praise Him by taking away
than by ascription ; for we ascribe attributes to Him, when we
start from universals and come down through the intermediate to
the particulars. But here we take away all things from Him going
up from particulars to universals, that we may know openly the
unknowable, which is hidden in and under all things that may be
known. And we behold that darkness beyond being, concealed
under all natural light.

Dionysius the Areopagite

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