128 SIX MYSTICAL POINTS 29. Thus, we recognize how superfluity of meat and drink produces sin. For the pure will, which goes out from the life's fire, is drowned in desire and imprisoned, so that it proves too powerless in combat. For the source of fire (or of desire) holds it captive and fills it with craving, so that this same will carries its imagination into the desire. 30* Accordingly the will in the desire for meat and drink is earthly, and is separated from God. But the will that escapes from the earthly fire, burns in the inward fire, and is divine. 31. This will that flees from the earthly desire arises not from the earthly fire. No ; it is the will of the soul's fire, which is caught and concealed by the earthly desire. It wills not to remain in the earthly desire, but will enter into its One, into God, out of which it originally sprang. 32. But if it be kept a prisoner in the earthly desire, then it is shut up in death, and suffers agony. And thus is sin to be understood.