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

101 divine illumination the mind sees that it must descend to the
lowest regions, where the roots of the tree of evil are plan¬
ted, and eradicate them. Then begins for the mind a sor¬
rowful return , through the regions by which it had ascended,
down below the earth. There it combats with the fierce de¬
mons of the North, South, East and West, and, finally,is
vanquished and slain by them. Immediately however Christ,
the great mind, is revealed, opens the gates of Sche’ol,
and descending brings to life and raises up the mind from
the infernal regions. It again swiftly and peacefully makes
its second ascent through the regions which it formerly tra¬
versed. It is then made worthy of the spiritual baptism of
the Spirit and of fire, without which there is no life. After
this there is no obstacle to the mind being in everything
not merely like unto but identical with Christ, and it re¬
ceives the adoration of all the heavenly hosts, for it now
obtains the power of divine high-priesthood, and is made
worthy of uniou with the Good. The mind is now no longer
mind, but is the Son, who doeth all according to his will,
is judge of all, creates and makes alive, orders and con¬
stitutes. Christ is no longer adored, but minds, for Christ
is nothing but the mind purified, which can say: all
power is given unto me in Heaven and in earth1), and, there
is no God beside me9). For Christ is the Lord of those who
are asleep, and not of those who are awakened* 3 * * * *). 1) Matthew XXVIII, 18. 2) Isaiah XLV, 5 etc. 3) rd&iiooi rCaoco . rdtuza ,cooAw«^ scat r^A 1a »A acD>W.i : tsardaA ia_\_ ocp •xsa i_aA coAk’ iuA.iO . . . i