William Law, an eighteenth-century Christian mystic from England
“See here the whole truth in short. All sin, death, damnation, and hell is nothing else but this kingdom of self, or the various operations of self-love, self-esteem, and self-seeking which separate the soul from God and end in eternal death and hell.”
Jalaluddin Rumi- “If you have not seen the devil, look at your own self”.
The self as a knot to be unraveled, an illusion to be dispelled
“This “small self” or individual soul is known in Sanskrit as the ahamkara, which means “knot” or “contraction”, and it is this ahamkara, this dualistic or egocentric contraction in awareness, that is at the root of our fallen state”-KW