The senses are doors for the thought... Therefore, the spiritual man controls his senses, in order to control his thought. He protects his eyes and protects his hearing. And if anything that leads to the thought reached his senses, he quickly casts it out.
He turns to the method of replacement, so he puts a thought in place of another thought.
Just like what St. John the Dwarf used to do on hearing a strange thing... Or as Abba Ore who said to his disciple: “Look, my son, no strange word enters this cell”...
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