Plutarch - Stobaeus – At first there is a wandering
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Plutarch [From Stobaeus – Anthology]
At first there is a wandering and wearisome roaming and fearful travelling through darkness with no end to be found. Then just before the consummation [telos] there is every sort of terror, shuddering and trembling and perspiring and being alarmed. But after this a marvellous light appears and open places and meadows await, with voices and dances and the solemnities of sacred utterances and holy visions. In that place one walks about at will, now perfect and initiated and free, and wearing a crown, one celebrates religious rites and joins with pure and pious people.
Such a person looks over the uninitiated and unpurified crowd of people living here, who are packed together and trample each other in deep mud and murk, but who hold onto their evil things on account of their fear of death, because they do not believe in the good things that are in the world.