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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it was condemned and fell from being mind, first to being
man, then animal, beast, demon, devil, and finally became
insensible and contumacious, having entirely left its Good and
its Nature. Although the mind stretches out its hand unto
it, yet does it not submit. All is now fulfilled in the places under the earth: the
mind, as it begins its ascent, sees all those whom it has
slain lying before it, and is moved with great desire to
become the Father, to raise them all from the dead, and
to have mercy upon them. Then will it extend its goodness
unto all, both good and evil, and make them all like itself.
Then there comes a wonderful voice before the resurrection
crying: Come from the four winds, 0 breath, and breathe
upon these slain that they may live *). All the minds which
descended from Essence are raised and approach the Divine
Mind, which says unto them: Ye are my brethren: for
truly are ye bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh 1 2);
and they are united unto it in order that they may ascend
with it. When the Divine Mind has passed all this, it descends
below all essences and sees a luminous essence whose divine
light is formless: it marvels greatly that this is the same
essence which it had seen on high. Now does it comprehend
the true theory of Essence, — that it fills the whole uni¬
verse, — and cries: If I ascend up into heaven, thou art
there, and if I descend to hell, there also art thou. And if
I raise the wings of my understanding like those of the
eagle, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there
shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me3). 1) Ezechiel XXXVII, 9, 2) Genesis II, 23. S) Psalm CXXXIX , 8-10.