Jorge Luis Borges

Jorge Luis Borges:

What Is a Divine Mind?

Labyrinths (1964)

Edited by Peter Y. Chou

What is a Divine Mind?
the reader will perhaps inquire.
There is not a theologian
who does not define it;
I prefer an example.
The steps a man takes
from the day of his birth
until that of his death
trace in time
an inconceivable figure.
The Divine Mind intuitively
grasps that form immediately,
as men do a triangle.
This figure (perhaps)
has its given function
in the economy of the universe.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)
"The Mirror of Enigmas"
from Labyrinths
New Directions, New York (1964)
Reprint: Penguin Books (1970), p. 247

Web Pages with "Borges" & "Divine Mind":

Why be an artist? (Domenico de Clario)
Tonglen: 7 conversationi with les estrellas (Domenico de Clario)
Who but God can discern the order within our lives? (Rabbi Eliezer Finkelman)
Kant's Philosophical View of the Infinite (Andrew Rosenthal & Vincent Reeder)
God, Truth, and Meaning, in the Post-modernism of Umberto Eco (Niki Lambros)
fortiter suaviter: Lady Philosophy in Boethius' Consolation (James Shiel)
Paradox (Melbourne University Math Magazine, Issue 3, 1999)

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