H. S. Lewis - Wisdom of the Sages - With an unselfish heart shalt thou drink of the wine and partake of the bread at the feast of the mystic sages
WITH AN UNSELFISH HEART SHALT THOU DRINK OF THE WINE AND PARTAKE OF THE BREAD AT THE FEAST OF THE MYSTIC SAGES!
The wine which fills the body with the spirit of life, and the bread which strengthens the tissues of mortal being: of these the Mystic partakes with an unselfish heart.
Unselfish? to seek knowledge that one might become greatly learned and boast of the power thus attained or acquired, or to use such unusual knowledge as a means solely for self-advancement in any channel, or to withhold from others whatever service or assistance might be properly rendered through the advantages such knowledge gives one,--all this in its entirety or in part constitutes that selfishness which must be purged from the heart and mind before the illumination from the divine may manifest itself in comprehension of the greater truths and laws.