What is the Science of Salvation?

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

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Movement Back to God

   ...Following the grace-filled awakening, the first thing a man's freedom must accomplish is a movement towards itself which it completes by three acts: a) It leans in the direction of good, and chooses it. b) It removes obstacles, breaks the bonds that keep a man in sin, expelling self-pity, man-pleasing, tendency toward the sensual and earthliness, from the heart; in their place, awakening pitilessness for oneself, distaste for the sensual, giving oneself over to all manner of shame, and resettling the heart into a future age with a feeling of foreignness here. c) Finally, it becomes enthused about immediately stepping onto the good path, not relaxing a bit, but preserving oneself in some measure of constant tension.
     In this manner everything calms down the soul. The awakened one, freed from all fetters, says to itself with complete readiness: Having risen, I will go.
     From this moment begins another movement of the soul  -  to God. Having conquered itself, mastered all the expressions of its movement, returned freedom to itself, it should now bring itself forth as a sacrifice to God.
                                                                St. Theophan the Recluse
                                                                "The Path to Salvation"