This work is a major classic in spiritual literature by Spain’s St. John of the Cross, a friend and sometimes co-worker of Teresa of Avila. To John of the Cross, the “dark night” is the strict road, the “narrow lane” also described by Meher Baba. The darkness is security for the soul on its journey; keeping it hidden from the things that might delay its progress. The Dark Night of the Soul is a poem written by John and expanded upon in a series of treatises on each stanza developed over a period of years. It was never finished. Translated and edited by E. Ellison Peters.