“They who have once found it can no longer pay attention to anything else. They who have once beheld it, will no longer see anything else, nor can they listen to anything else, and even their body participates in this immobility. Where all physical perceptions and stimuli have vanished from their consciousness, they remain in tranquility.
“When the Gnosis enlightens the entire consciousness, it also makes the soul blaze up again, raising it by detaching it from the body. Thus it transforms the entire human being into its true nature, for the deification of the soul, which accompanies the contemplation of the beauty of The Good, cannot be accomplished in a mortal body.”