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A Quote by Saint Symeon the New Theologian on hatred, egotism, pride, humility, freedom, sin, rightousness, serpent, and suffering

A person who suffers bitterly when slighted or insulted should recognize from this that he still harbors the ancient serpent in his breast.  If he quietly endures the insult or responds with great humility, he weakens the serpent and lessens its hold.  But if he replies acrimoniously or brazenly, he gives it strength to pour its venom into his heart and to feed mercilessly on his inward parts.  In this way the serpant becomes increasingly powerful; it destroys his souls strength and his attempts to set himself right, compelling him to live for sin and to be completely dead to rightousness.

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Patricia Gaffney on love, serpent, and infinity

What was it called, that symbol of the serpent eating its own tail?  It probably signified infinity, endlessness, timelessness.  But for me it would mean the effort to love well going on and on, round and round, always imperfect and always forgivable.  The best we could ever do for each other.

Patricia Gaffney

Contributed by: Tracy Phaup

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on life, peace, sleep, wishes, serpent, afflictions, viper, hook, precepts, remove, and rest

The poisonous serpent of afflictions is sleeping in your mind; just as if a black viper were asleep in your room.

You must use the hook of precepts to quickly remove it.

When the sleeping snake is gone, then you can rest at ease.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Sutra on the Buddha's Bequeathed Teaching Translation into Chinese by Tripitaka Master Kumarajiva of Yao Qin Dynasty (ca. A.D.400)

Contributed by: Zaady

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