The Divine Comedy by Dante is an immortal epic by Dante describing the poet’s journey through Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. How to find Salvation? This is the main theme of this greatest epic written in Italian language.
The truth is that this fascinating book is soul’s willing ascent toward the Almighty Lord. The poet in his journey toward heaven is accompanied by the great Roman poet Virgil, and Beatrice, the ideal woman.
We find the following immortal gems of thought in Divine Comedy showing the deepest insights of Dante:
In the section Inferno, Dante reveals that the the people wth moral depravity lead the worst possible life:
Their sighs, lamentations and loud wailings
resounded through the starless air,
so that at first it made me weep;
Strange utterances, horrible pronouncements,
words of pain, tones of anger,
voices shrill and faint, and beating hands,
all went to make a tumult that will whirl
forever through that turbid, timeless air,
like sand that eddies when a whirlwind swirls
The section Purgatorio cleary reveals that that only with righteousness, we can save our soul:
A maggior forza e a miglior natura
liberi soggiacete; e quella cria
la mente in voi, che ‘l ciel no ha in sua cura.
Però, se ‘l mondo presente disvia,
in voi è la cagione, in voi si cheggia.
To a greater force, and to a better nature, you, free, are subject, and that creates the mind in you, which the heavens have not in their charge. Therefore if the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.
The main idea of Dante seems to be that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the persons who prefer neutrality in the time of moral depravity and chaos. Dante’s vision of the paradise is in the form of a Rose.
Dante aptly remarks in the section Paradise: “The greatest gift that God in His bounty made in creation, and the most conformable to His goodness, and that which He prizes the most, was the freedom of will, with which the creatures with intelligence, they all and they alone, were and are endowed.”