Rigden: …It happens that, while under the influence of the Animal nature and not bothering much with working on himself, a person only boasts about his spiritual development “accomplishments” in front of others. He thinks mistakenly (out of arrogance) that he “is watching out” for his Animal “fully armed”. But in reality, this situation resembles the fable about the wolf and the hunter:
Anastasia: Well said. Many people do not bother about real work on themselves. They only soothe themselves with flattering thoughts. Later they are surprised why they haven’t got any significant results in their spiritual development though they “went hunting” their Animal many times. It is surprising how many subtle substitutions there are. The impression is that it is not only you who is learning more but the Animal doesn’t sleep either, that it is constantly improving itself on where else it can catch you.
From the book “AllatRa” by A. Novykh