Translated from the original by Ana Giménez.
To explain evil in this world (second chapter of the first mansions) Teresa plunges us into demons´ world, into Evil. They will try – by all means -to pull us out from the Castle and submit to their principles. We are planted into the Living Waters of God, He lives in us under any circumstance, no matter what our sin might be. He will never leave from there. We are “Oriental pearl, this tree of life-namely in God”
But we have the freedom to leave and plant our self in the dark waters of Evil ”Although the very sun that gave the sun so much brilliance and beauty is still in the centre, the soul is as though it were not there to share in these things” (IC 2.1)
“It should be kept in mind here that the fount, the shining sun that is in the centre of the soul, does not lose its beauty and splendour, it is always present in the soul and nothing can take away its loveliness. But if a black cloth is placed over the crystal that is in the sun, obviously the sun´s brilliance will have no effect on the crystal even though the sun is shining on it “(IC 2.3) That is mortal sin.
There is a radical evil, let´s say a fundamental option, which may consist of living a selfish life; there are also occasional moments we are seriously wrong and we hurt others, we hurt ourselves and also God “When the soul by her own fault separates herself from this fountain and is planted in another containing foul and stinking water, all that flow from it is foul and fetid too” (IC 2.2)
The inhabitant of the first mansions can start facing and understanding it personally by renouncing to Evil as we do in the baptismal ritual:
- Do you renounce to feel superior to others?
- Do you renounce to refrain from injustice and from the needs of people and institutions?
- Do you renounce to materialistic behaviour and criteria?