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The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky

The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison

Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe

Novalis Including Hymns to the Night

Novalis, George MacDonald, Thomas Carlyle

On the priesthood

by Saint John Chrysostom


„ 2. The Unanimity Of Basil And Cheysostom,

And Theie Common Pursuits. „ 3. The Balance Becomes Unequal On The Question Of Adopting The Monastic Life. „ 4. The Proposal To Have A Common Home. „ 5. His Mother's Lament. „ 6. The Fraud Practised By Chrysostom In The Matter Of Basil's Ordination. 7. Basil's Meek And Gentle Reproof.

8. Chrysostom's Apology And Recrimination.

9. The Great Advantage Of Timely Fraud.


Basil the best of all the friends of Chrysostom.

1. I Had many friends, both genuine and true, who understood and strictly observed the laws of friendship; but among the many there was one who


far excelled them all in attachment to me, and strove to leave the rest as far behind, as they did such as were simply well disposed towards me.

2. He was one of those who always accompanied me, for we had embraced the same studies, and availed ourselves of the same instructors; we had the same inclination and zeal for the subjects which occupied us; while our aspirations were alike, and produced by the same influences. Nor was this only while we waited upon our preceptors, but also when, on leaving them, we had to advise what was the best course of life for us to choose. And even here it appeared we were of one accord.


The unanimity of Basil and Chrysostom, and their common pursuits.

3. And other things, in addition to these, preserved our unanimity firm and unbroken. For the one could not boast more than the other about the greatness of his country; nor had I superfluous wealth, while he subsisted in extreme penury. Moreover, the similarity of our aim corresponded with the moderateness of our means. Our condition in life also was of the same degree, and everything concurred with our disposition.


The balance becomes unequal on the question of adopting the monastic life.

4. But when the time was come for my dear friend to adopt the monastic life, and the true philosophy, this our balance was no longer equal, inasmuch as his scale became light and went up, while I, still fettered by the desires of the world, drew mine down, and was forced to stay below, burdening it with youthful fancies.

5. Here, for the rest, our friendship continued firm as before; but our intercourse was interrupted, because it was impossible for such as were not zealous in the same pursuits, to have a common rendezvous.

6. But when I myself lifted up my head a little above the storm of life, he seized me with both his hands. Even thus, however, we were unable to preserve our former equality; for, having got the start of me in point of time, and having displayed great alacrity, he was again carried above me, and borne to a great elevation.

The proposal to have a common home.

7. Nevertheless, being a good man, and valuing my friendship highly, he separated himself from all others, and continued always with me. Of this he had been desirous before, but, as I said, he was prevented by my remissness.

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