What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Binding Your Heart to God

The soul that loves God finds rest only in God. First loose yourself from all external bonds and then you will be able to bind your heart to God, because the being bound to God is preceded by the being loosed from matter. After an infant is weaned, it is given bread to eat; and the man who wishes to progress in things divine must first be weaned from the world, like an infant from its mother's breasts. Works performed with the body precede those performed with the soul, just as in generation the creation of the body preceded the creation of the soul. The man who has not performed bodily works cannot possess the works of the soul, since the second are born of the first like the ear of corn from a naked grain of wheat; and he who does not possess the works of the soul is bereft of spiritual gifts.
 
 
 
 
                                                              St. Isaac the Syrian
                                                              "Ascetical Homilies" (Homily 4)