Bury thine existence in the earth of obscurity, for if a seed be not buried it bringeth not forth in fullness.

 

–Ibn Ata Allah

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Do you not, then, desire to be filled? And your heart is drunken; do you not, then, desire to be sober? Therefore, be ashamed! Henceforth, waking or sleeping, remember that you have seen the Son of Man, and spoken with him in person, and listened to him in person. Woe to those who have seen the Son of Man; blessed will they be who have not seen the man, and they who have not consorted with him, and they who have not spoken with him, and they who have not listened to anything from him; yours is life! Know, then, that he healed you when you were ill, that you might reign. Woe to those who have found relief from their illness, for they will relapse into illness. Blessed are they who have not been ill, and have known relief before falling ill; yours is the kingdom of God. Therefore, I say to you, ‘Become full, and leave no space within you empty, for he who is coming can mock you.”

Apocrphon of James

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We should strive to be empty even of thoughts which appear to come from the right, and in general of all thoughts which appear to come from the right, and in general of all thoughts, lest thieves are concealed behind them.

 

–Hesychius of Jerusalem

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Thoughts change instantly from one to another…what gives them power over us is mostly our own carelessness

 

–St Gregory of Sinai

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