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

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104 together to combat against it; but they are overthrown and
destroyed, and the minds suffering torments are delivered,
enlightened and forgiven. The infernal regions also are illu¬
minated and purified, so that they are no whit less bright
than the celestial regions. Now has the mind cast out from
itself the whole of the adversative nature: it wishes also to
destroy the head of opposition, and sees that it is what had
appeared to it as the Tree of Life, and so cuts it down.
All the minds which had been slaves to perdition now desire
to be united to the Divine Mind and saved; but, as is meet
for the Son, it orders judgment and adjudges torments to
sinners and demons, and descends further to the place of
the Prince of darkness, and finally to the Sun and the Moon :
this infernal sun is a gift of the Good, in order that the ra¬
tional beings in this place should not perish. When the mind
has passed She’ol and the lowest abyss, it reaches the place
where there is no longer vision. Still lower, in the place
below all places, are the roots of evil, which it is moved
to destroy. Now when it is said that the mind destroys de¬
mons, it is meant that it destroys them in itself and not
in their essence; and when it destroys these roots, it means
that it will be united unto the Good alone. After the mind has thus decreed judgment in Gehenna,
it desires to see the Insensible Essence, which is the rebel¬
lious essence. This does not possess any name that is named
on the earth or under the earth, neither does it possess
anything of nature J): those who are imprisoned in it cannot
obtain resurrection or life. It is irrational, unconscious, life¬
less, and insensible, and has received the name ofNot-being.
In the beginning it bore no fruits, and, after being proved, 11) i. e. of the Good: cf. p. 97 n. 1.