When the Hermit meets the Devil
The hermit comes across the devil on his journey. The hermit knows he must understand the devil to ignore him will only strengthen the devil and let the hermit break his resolve to find true enlightment. If the hermit realises that to understand the devil will give him the sense of what he has been feeling and trying to repress.
In the cosmos all opposites blend together, in the devils world he tries to tear them apart so there is no duality. The devil will try and rip anything apart that may give rise to the spiritual truth, he will divide everything that is working towards unity. The devil unhinges and disguises relationships that work; yin and yang, positive and negative, male and female e.t.c. The devil at these times becomes the expression of evil because only the pure truth comes from blending opposites together.
The hermit now understands his own torments he has been through and once again his faith shows him there is no darkness but lack of light