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Three deep cravings of the self, three great expressions of man’s restlessness, which only mystic truth can fully satisfy. The first is the craving which makes him a pilgrim and a wanderer. It is the longing to go out from his normal world in search of a lost home, a ‘better country’; an Eldorado, a Sarras, a Heavenly Syon. The next is the craving of heart for heart, of the Soul for its perfect mate, which makes him a lover. The third is the craving for inward purity and perfection, which makes him an ascetic, and in the last resort a saint.

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Evelyn Underhill (1875–1941) was an English writer, poet, and speaker whose work sought to explore the depths of religious experience, specifically focusing on Christian mysticism. She was the first woman to lead spiritual retreats and lecture clergy within the Church of England.