Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: Why is knowledge so important for a
Master: Because it is needed for contemplation.
Disciple: What would hell be?
Master: The depths of ignorance is the foretaste
Disciple: How do you come to the knowledge of
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.
Man's high opinion of himself is what prevents self-knowledge?
If you wish to know who you are, do not merely look at your past but
look at the way you were in paradise.
What, again, is the obstacle to self-knowledge?
Pride, which cannot bear the voice of truth.