Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos

Frothingham F. Stephen bar Sudaili, the Syrian mystic, and the book of Hierotheos. -1886

100 perfect according to their descent from the Good. Thus those
minds which descended from the essence of the Father need
but one purification by the cross; those which descended
from that of the Son need two, and from the Holy Spirit
three; and thus through the entire legion of essences. Minds
come into the body also from the essence of demons. When all is consummated, the mind is laid in the se¬
pulchre to rest there for three days. BOOK THIRD. On the third day the mind rises and reunites unto itself
its purified soul and body, which in this new, unchange¬
able, and immortal life are subjected unto it, having been
in the former life its subjectors. Although by this experience
the mind has become greatly purified, yet, as its sins have
been many, it must undergo many purifications. The Good-
principle in it has a still greater desire to unite itself unto
its essence, and by it becomes transfigured before the eyes
of the angels. Now does it acquire the motion of union *).
Nevertheless the root of evil and opposition has not yet been
eradicated from it, but, gathering its forces, begins to re-ap-
pear, and grows up into an immense tree, whose wide-spreading
branches cast darkness over divine minds and shade them
from the perfect light of the Good. In the long and terrible
combat which follows, the mind many times cuts down and
destroys the branches of the tree, but it ever shoots anew
with equal strength from the undestroyed root. Finally by 11) That is of identification with Christ.