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x                SUGGESTION AND THE FACTOR OF FAITH            389
impulse to start southward or to build her nest. She cannot tell why it is ; she simply obeys. The religious consciousness in which the mystical germ is somewhat developed is in a similar position. It may be utterly in the dark as to the nature of the cosmos so far as all reasoning goes and can see God no more than the bird can see the south-land. It simply accepts what it finds and for the same reason the bird has in flying south : it must. ' Lord, Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee/I0a The immense popularity of this sentence of Augustine's among religious people of all sorts and of all times is an indication of its truth as a psychological description.
So also is his : ' This is our supreme reward, that we should enjoy Him to the full,' which is re-echoed, with the austerity of the philosopher-mystic Aquinas in his : ' Final and perfect blessedness there cannot be save in the division of the divine essence \7a The thought goes back to that crowning outburst of the Hebrew psalmody :
Whom have I in heaven but thee ?
And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
My flesh and my heart faileth,
But God is the rock of my heart and my portion for ever.
Such a belief is in essence quite independent of argument which is irrelevant to it. The particular formulations that arise in an attempt to make it articulate may be refuted, but the fundamental religious demand and attitude is not amenable to refutation. For it must be remembered that this belief is not the result of an argument based on an emotional experience ; it is an immediate experience of belief. It is an organic, a biological matter, and hence has a strength and certainty that puts its possessor quite out of the reign