Spiritual Sabbath and Spiritual Circumcision

“In the Law and the prophets reference is made to the Sabbath, Sabbaths, and Sabbaths of Sabbaths; and to circumcision and circumcision of circumcision. … “The Sabbath signifies the dispassion of the dieform soul that through practice of the virtues has utterly cast off the marks of sin. “Sabbaths signify the freedom of the dieform…

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Purification for Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth

“No one can be enlightened unless he first be cleansed or purified and stripped. Purgation, which is the remaking of character in conformity with perceived reality, consists in these two essential acts: the cleansing of that which is to remain, the stripping of that which is to be done away. It may best be studies,…

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Discrimination and Discipline for Spiritual Growth

“When one lacks discrimination and his mind is undisciplined, the senses run hither and hither like wild horses. But they obey the rein like trained horses when one has discrimination and has made the mind one-pointed. Those who lack discrimination,with little control over their thoughts and far from pure, reach not the pure state of…

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Spiritual Order and Temporal Order

“When what has been created in time according to the temporal order has reached maturity, it ceases from natural growth. But when what has been brought about by the knowledge of God through the practice of virtues has reached maturity, it starts to grow anew. For the end of one stage constitutes the starting point…

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