Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: What do you say of him who speaks
Master: He who speaks foolishly has
no mind, for he speaks with no thought at all.
he who speaks an intelligent word?
To speak an intelligent word that profits the soul is a gift
are empty words?
that seek to determine the measures of heaven and earth, the size of
the sun and the stars. These are the sports of men who labour
in empty vainglory which brings them no profit.
compare the body and soul.
man leaves his mother's womb naked, so does the soul leave the
body. But the intelligent soul, reflecting and remembering
what follows after death, lives righteously. But the sinner
has no feeling for the other world and so disdains what awaits them
Just as the body must be born after completing its development in
the womb, so the soul when it has reached God's limit must
leave the body.
And on imperfections?
Just as the baby cannot live if it comes out of the womb imperfect,
so the soul cannot be saved if, upon leaving the body, it has not
been perfected through a good life.