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Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the Questions of Their Disciples.


Disciple: Why is knowledge so important for a Christian?

Master: Because it is needed for contemplation.  

Disciple: What would hell be?

Master: The depths of ignorance is the foretaste of hell.

Disciple: How do you come to the knowledge of God?

Master: By first knowing your true self.

Disciple: Is it easy to know oneself?

Master: No, it is difficult. Man always thinks highly of himself while being bestial in his actions.


Disciple: Man's high opinion of himself is what prevents self-knowledge?


Master: If you wish to know who you are, do not merely look at your past but look at the way you were in paradise.


Disciple: What, again, is the obstacle to self-knowledge?


Master: Pride, which cannot bear the voice of truth.


Abba Evagrius








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