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Freedom from self-love


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[1 of 5] Underhill, Evelyn (1875-1941, England): primary subject "Purification, refinement" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": source "Mysticism"
The object, then, of this self-discipline is, like the object of all purgation, freedom: freedom from the fetters of the senses, the "remora of desire," from the results of environment and worldly education, from pride and prejudice, preferences and distaste: from selfhood in every form. Its effect is a sharp reaction to the joy of self-conquest. The very act that had once caused in the enchained self a movement of loathing can become not merely indifference, but an occasion of happiness.

[2 of 5] Inge (Dean) (1860-1954, England): primary subject "Experience, of the higher" (search under Inner Life/Experiences)": source "Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature": detail "From lectures on ‘Christian Mysticism’ p. 326; quoted in lectures 11/12/13 ‘Saintliness’"
It will be found, that men of preeminent saintliness agree very closely in what they tell us. They tell us that they have arrived at an unshakable conviction, not based on inference but on immediate experience, that God is a spirit with whom the human spirit can hold intercourse; that in him meet all that they can imagine of goodness, truth, and beauty; that they can see his footprints everywhere in nature, and feel his presence within them as the very life of their life, so that in proportion as they come to themselves they come to him. They tell us what separates us from him and from happiness is, first, self-seeking in all its forms; and secondly, sensuality in all its forms; that these are the ways of darkness and death, which hide from us the face of God; while the path of the just is like a shining light, which shines more and more unto the perfect day.

[3 of 5] Swedenborg (1688-1772, Sweden): primary subject "Purification, refinement" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": source "Apocalypse Explained, vol.3": detail "Section 580"
It must be observed that man cannot be purified from evils, and the falsities thence, unless the unclean things that are in him come forth even into the thought, and are there seen, acknowledged, discerned, and rejected.

[4 of 5] Plato (c. 429 - 347 BC, Greece): primary subject "Virtue(s)" (search under Inner Life/Love, Positive Emotion, Virtue, Will)": detail "Quoted by Plotinus in ‘Enneads’ 1.2.3"
All the virtues without exception are purifications.

[5 of 5] Baker, Augustine (1575-1641, England): primary subject "Asceticism, renunciation" (search under Inner Life/Practices)": detail "From 'Holy Wisdom' Treatise ii.Sect.1 ch.3"
Mortification tends to subject the body to the spirit and the spirit to God. And this it does by crossing the inclinations of sense, which are quite contrary to those of the Divine Spirit; and by such crossing and afflicting of the body, self-love and self-will (the poison of our spirits) are abated, and in time in a sort destroyed; and instead of them there enter into the soul the Divine love and Divine will, and take possession thereof.