Damascius, known as "the last of the Neoplatonists," was the last scholarch of the School of Athens.
This is a text taken from the meditations of Damascus and his written thoughts on the Purification , and the way to the Divine. Damascius, known as "the last of the Neoplatonists," was the last scholarch of the School of Athens born in 480, AD Damascus, Syria
Thus, spoke Damascus
He than continues in the words of Plato :
Are pure and true identical, as Plato says? —“Pure” means that a thing is separate from everything else, and “true” that it is exactly what it is, and this is apparently the reason why it is necessary to become pure first, before we can attain truth.
Purity thus in this sense shall not be mixed with any dogmatic petty morality arriving from religious fables and laws, but purity here is confined solely in technical and ascetical way. Pure from our bodily appetites, blind desires and irrational passions of the soul.