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Anthony the Great about intelligent people and intelligent souls

Anthony the Great about intelligent people and intelligent souls

01.02.2018
Tags: Religion, Christianity

People are usually called smart, by the misuse of this word. Not those are wise who have studied the sayings and writings of the ancient sages, but those whose souls are intelligent, who can judge what is good and what is evil; and the evil and the soul run away, but about the good and useful, they rationally radiate and do that with great thanksgiving to God. These alone in truth should be called smart people.

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A truly clever man alone has the care, to obey and obey God in every way. And he alone teaches his soul, how to be revered by God, thanks to Him for His good work, in whatever happenings in life. For it is inappropriate for the doctors and then, as they give us medicine bitter and unpleasant, not to thank for the healing of the body, but to God because of what seems to us not joyful, to remain ungrateful, not knowing that everything happens by His craft and on benefit us. In such understanding, and in such faith in God - the salvation and peace of the soul.

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A wise man, when he looks at himself, knows what must and what is good for him to do, which is similar to his soul and is saving and that is alien to her and harmful. And thus avoids that which harms the soul, as it is alien to it.

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Whose soul is really clever and virtuous, it is revealed in the eyes, steps, voice, smile, conversations and conversion. In her everything changed and assumed a most noble appearance, her God-loving mind, like an invigorating gatekeeper, closes the entrances for evil and shameless thoughts.

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The clever soul tries to get rid of disingenuousness, arrogance, pride, seduction, envy, embezzlement and the like, which are the deeds and evil deeds. Nevertheless, with diligent diligence and careful consideration, man is able to accomplish, whose desire does not rush to low pleasures.

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Only the very thing, the qualitative in us cleverness (on the first point), makes us worthy to be called people; not having such cleverness, we differ from the dumb ones by one arrangement of members and the gift of speech. So let an intelligent man know that he is immortal; and let him hate all shameful lust which is the cause of death for people.

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Intelligent people do not need to listen to all sorts of conversations, but only those who benefit, which lead to the knowledge of the will of God; because it is the way in which people return to life and eternal light again.

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There is no benefit to studying science if the soul does not have a kind and pleasing life. The cause of all evils is the delusion, the charm and ignorance of God.

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In interviews, there should be no rudeness; for clever people usually adorn modesty and chastity more than maidens.

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Unstable and untrained should not be experienced by intelligent husbands. The one who pleases God and is silent is more intelligent, or, if he speaks, he speaks little - and only what is necessary and acceptable to God.

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A good and wise person can suddenly not be made; but this is achieved by careful discussion, exercise, experience, a prolonged feat and (most importantly) a strong desire for good deeds. A kind and God-loving man, who truly knows God, does not give himself any peace, doing everything that pleases God without exception. But such men are rare.

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A clever husband, thinking about coexistence and communion with the Divine, will never cling to anything earthy or low, but he directs his mind to the heavenly and eternal, knowing that the will of God is the guilt of every good and the source of eternal blessings for people, is that , so that a person is saved.

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The mind is not the soul, but the gift of God, saving the soul. The God-pleasing mind flows in front of the soul and advises it to despise the temporal, material and perishable, but to love eternal, imperishable and immaterial goods, so that man, living in the body, imagines and contemplates heavenly and Divine mind. Thus the mind of the God-loving is the benefactor and savior of the human soul.

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A clever and useless word is a gift from God; on the other hand, the word is empty, it is the word that is empty, it is determined to determine the measure and distance of the sky and the earth, and the magnitude of the sun and the stars, is an invention of a man who works in vain, who by empty conceit looks for something that does not do him any good, as if he wants to scoop up water, people can not find.

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He who has a mind knows about himself what he is, namely, that he is a perishable person. The one who knows also knows about everything that it is the creation of God, and created to save man. So all to understand and the right to believe is in the power of man. Such a husband firmly knows that despising the worldly goods of work have very little, and comfort and peace eternal receive from God on death.

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A clever soul, standing unshakably in his good intentions, restrains anger and lust, these unreasonable passions, and for fighting against them, taming and overcoming them, is crowned and honored by being in heaven, receiving this as a reward for sowing and the labors of the God who created it.

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A truly intelligent soul, looking at the happiness of the wicked and the welfare of the unworthy, does not resent thinking about their pleasures in this life, as it happens to people who are reckless, for such a soul clearly knows both the impermanence of happiness, the obscurity of being here, and the smallness of this life, and impartiality of judgment, and believes that God does not neglect what is necessary for her subsistence.

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A clever soul, despising material acquisition and short life, chooses the heavenly consolation and eternal life, which he will receive from God for a good life.

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The mind, which is in a pure and God-loving soul, truly sees God - unborn, invisible, inarticulate - the One Pure for pure hearts.

The Monk Anthony the Great
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