Saint Moses: Sayings of the Saint About the Mind
Sayings of the Saint About the Mind
|1. ||Its excellence:|
Three things form the excellence of the mind: Faith in God. Patience in all tribulation. The exhaustion of the body until it is humbled.
|2. ||Its joy:|
The mind rejoices with three things: the differentiation between good and evil, thinking about the matter before attempting it, and avoiding hypocrisy.
|3. ||Its enlightenment:|
Three things enlighten the mind: benevolence towards those who have offended you; patience for what you get from your enemies; stop looking at and envying those who are more advanced than you in the world.
|4. ||Its purification:|
The mind purifies itself with six things: silence; keeping the commandments: indifference towards food; trust in God in all matters by abandoning reliance on any of the world's superiors; suppressing all evil thoughts from the heart; avoiding to listen to the words of the rich; abstaining from looking at women.
|5. ||What struggles with the mind:|
Three things struggle with the mind: neglect, laziness, forsaking prayer.