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Plotinus, Shabistari and Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Lucia Dos Santos: On Detachment

Plotinus,  Shabistari and Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Lucia Dos Santos: On Detachment
    
Photo: Lúcia Santos (left) with Jacinta and Francisco Marto. The three children witnessed a series of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.
 

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'So, we may justly say, a Soul becomes ugly- by something foisted upon it, by sinking itself into the alien, by a fall, a descent into body, into Matter. The dishonour of the Soul is in its ceasing to be clean and apart. Gold is degraded when it is mixed with earthy particles; if these be worked out, the gold is left and is beautiful, isolated from all that is foreign, gold with gold alone. And so the Soul; let it be but cleared of the desires that come by its too intimate converse with the body, emancipated from all the passions, purged of all that embodiment has thrust upon it, withdrawn, a solitary, to itself again- in that moment the ugliness that came only from the alien is stripped away.'

(Plotinus)

Cast away your existence entirely,
For it is naught but weed and refuse.

(Shabistari)

'Behold my Heart surrounded with the thorns which ungrateful men place therein at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.'

(Apparition of the Virgin Mary to Lúcia Dos Santos)

  

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Recommended Reading:

'Golden Chain: An Anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic Philosophy (Treasures of the World's Religions): An Anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic Philosophy (Treasures of the World's Religions)'
By Algis Uzdavinys (Author, Editor)

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Description:
 
This anthology of Pythagorean and Platonic philosophy promotes a new and fresh view of what Hellenic philosophy is and what kind of wisdom it offers us. The book demonstrates through excerpts from the great Pythagorean and Platonic writers that to these thinkers philosophy is a way of life and a means of spiritual realisation-not the dry rationalistic mental exercise philosophy has become in the modern world. The Golden Chain of the title refers to the ancient belief that such philosophy transmits a heritage of unitive knowledge through a succession of enlightened teachers and students. The editor Algis Uzdavinys is an author translator and scholar of remarkable scope who uses his scholarship and his own deep knowledge of the philosophia perennis to illustrate for us the timeless wisdom of these writings. The foreword is by John Finamore.
  

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