Valentine's Day may have now become a favorite of companies who want to sell products like greeting cards, chocolates, and flowers, but its namesake was an Egyptian Gnostic priest who lived almost 2,000 years ago. Almost nothing of his life is known, yet fragments of writings show that he strove throughout his life to guide all people — regardless of their political or religious affiliations — towards the light of divinity that can shine within us, if we make room for it. He wrote:
"One [alone] is Good, whose free utterance is manifestation through the Son [Chokmah, Christ, Krishna]; it is by that alone that the heart can become pure, [and that too only] when every evil essence has been expelled out of it. Now its purity is prevented by the many substances that take up their abode in it, for each of them accomplishes its own deeds, outraging it in diverse fashions with unseemly lusts. As far as I can see, the heart seems to receive somewhat the same treatment as an inn, which has holes and gaps made in its walls, and is frequently filled with dung, people living filthily in it and taking no care of the place as being someone else's property. Thus it is with the heart so long as it has no care taken of it, ever unclean and the abode of many dæmons. But when the path to the Alone Good takes regard to it, it is sanctified and shineth with light; and the one who possesseth such a heart is so blessed that 'one shall see God.'"—Valentinus
"Tremendous is the effort and the vigilance that is needed from second to second, from moment to moment, in order to not fall into illusions. One minute of unawareness is enough for the mind to be already dreaming about something else, distracting it from the job or deed that we are living at the moment."