The poem, “No Eye Equal to Wisdom,” is an important message to all humanity.  It is critical at this time of spiritual awakening by a growing section of society that the irrationality and destruction of war be recognized as a failure of human culture.  The core values of wisdom and human consciousness need to be acknowledged, so that spirituality can replace ritual religious doctrine, and so that all-inclusiveness and cooperation can replace divisive competition and national arrogance.  A transcendence in the level of human consciousness must take place for the natural viability of life on this planet to be saved, and for civilization to be spared a deadly cultural regression into a new dark age.  Ignorance must be banished and human consciousness enriched for human minds and spirits to be healed, so that peace, joy and freedom can reign and so that Friedrich Schiller’s vision in his “Ode to Joy,” of “all humans becoming brothers/sisters,” can become a reality.
No Eye Equal to Wisdom
noble quest wins he who
wields the lightning bolt of
truth, the sword of knowledge
tried and true, to tear apart
the inky veils of feeble-minded
and unmitigated ignorance
– the primal sin that makes
the untaught err and stumble.

Yet it is nobler still by far
to let the flame of wisdom softly
spread its light of cognizance,
to gently guide the common fools,
the lost, the fearful, righteous,
arrogant and know-it-all’s,
so as to broaden and enrich
their needy, yearning souls.

Blessed are they whose spirit
richly thrives with cosmic wisdom,
moral logic and capacity for love.
For they will know the truth,
be brimming full with life; not
like the poor-in-spirit who subsist
in dread and can’t find light,
nor strength to wholly live.

No terror – anywhere on Earth
or in the heavens – comes close
loveless fear that permeates
the poor-in-consciousness.  There
is no higher bliss than wisdom,
no better friend than knowing
truth, no savior other than
the living Spirit’s might.

The greatest human victory yet
unshackles those whose spirit is
enslaved by flawed, self-serving
and unnatural beliefs; is petrified
with fear of vengeful gods.  Once
freed, a people’s spirit molds a will
to banish from their minds all
vengeance, envy, fear and greed.

With mind and spirit healed,
true justice can be won for all;
a chance for peace that will endure,
once humans cast out hate.
Then freedom reigns, unspoiled
by haughty flags and national
intrigues, unchained from all
beguiling dogmas that enslave.

                ©Dietmar Rothe, 2004 *

The poem, “No Eye Equal to Wisdom,” was inspired by the wise teachings of Jmmanuel, aka Jesus [6 - 118 CE] as retold in the “Talmud of Jmmanuel,” particularly in Verse 26:27:
“There is no eye equal to wisdom,
No darkness equal to ignorance,
No power equal to the power of the spirit,
And no terror equal to the poverty of consciousness.”
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The poem was further influenced by quotes from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1749 - 1832]:

“Noble let a person be, helpful and good.”
and from Friedrich Schiller’s [1759 - 1805] verse:
“A higher conquest’s won by him
who swings the lightning bolt of truth
to free the human spirit-mind.
The fight for liberty and reason
wins rights for peoples everywhere
– is valid for eternal times.”

The poem was first posted in the internet on 1 December 2004, see []
The poem has received most favorable reviews from other contemporary authors of poetry:

12/11/2004   Erin Kelly-Moen: "There is no higher bliss than wisdom, no better friend than knowing truth, no savior other than the living Spirit’s might."
These lines can stand alone to promote and encourage others to follow their creed. We ARE more than we appear. A strong write.

12/4/2004    Tracey O'Very:    Wow, Power packed truth. Reminds me of the "old time" poetry. Very powerful message here.

12/3/2004    Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU:        Healthier be the EYES of those that can READ, "No Eye Equal to Wisdom".  This poem flows from the stream of life to the sea of wisdom.  A Scroll written with platinum stylus.

12/2/2004    Robert Jude(Ace) Forese : have unearthed metaphysical wisdom and the enlightened consequence of those who venture into the realms of universal perspective and the intrinsic knowledge that man is an evolving creature who adorns the quintessential energy of an expanding spiritual being ... it reaches into the potential of man's metabolic motion by securing the truism that we are more than we appear ...

12/2/2004    Dawn Richerson:    “With mind and spirit healed, true justice can be won for all, a chance for peace – a lasting peace”
... and the real war being waged is the battle for our minds and spirits –  many deceptive and alluring illusions that would keep us enslaved to darkness (i.e. lack of wisdom, insight, higher consciousness) and separated from the possibility of peace within and in the world at large.

12/1/2004    Eileen Tiger Lily:    Splendid enlightened poetry! Thanks for sharing!


* This poem is offered freely with heartfelt wishes to all who have ventured on a personal quest for spiritual knowledge and values, and for meaning in their lives.  You are encouraged to copy it and distribute it freely. The poem can be downloaded in a printable form from, or a color copy on parchment paper can be ordered from the publisher by sending a $4 check to:

Avila Books / Publishing
PO Box 418
Cardiff, CA 92007
Gain a new perspective on human values and purpose, and the much needed wisdom that can save western society, by reading “In Search of Truth and Freedom,”( ).   Send a $15 check and receive a beautiful, hardbound copy signed by the author, Dietmar Rothe.  –  shipped free to any address.