From the Gospel of Thomas, Logion 77
Lynn Bauman translation
“I am the light
shining upon all things.
I am the sum of everything,
for everything has come forth from me,
and towards me everything unfolds.
Split a piece of wood
and there I am.
Pick up a stone
and you will find me there.”
From the Sayings of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.
Lot went to Joseph and said,
‘Abba, as far as I can, I keep a moderate rule,
with a little fasting, and prayer, and meditation, and quiet:
and as far as I can I try to cleanse my heart of evil thoughts.
What else should I do?’
Then the hermit stood up and spread out his hands to heaven,
and his fingers shone like ten flames of fire,
and he said, ‘If you will, you can become all flame.’