Friday, September 11, 2009

Flee From the Body

Poemen said, "The beginning of evil is to diversify the mind."

He also said, "It is good to flee from the things of the body. When a man is engaged in conflict about the body, he is like a man standing on the edge of a very deep pool, into which his enemy can knock him the moment he sees him. But, when he has put aside bodily things, he is like a man standing a long way from the pool, where, if the enemy drags him along to throw him in, God will help him while he is being dragged there."

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