DEAREST Companions this is the second part of the Epistle of Antinous the Spiritual Seeker. The next two aspects are Sincerity and Non-Violence.
Antinous I believe was very sincere in his journey to find not only himself, but his spiritual self. A spiritual seeker is one that will not do things in a halfhearted way. They will put their whole self, every ounce of being into finding their spiritual self. Sincerity is a mix of seriousness and honesty. I believe that Antinous was very devote in his quest to find spiritual enlightenment. He at times could have been more devote in his pursuit than Hadrian.
According to Marguerite Yourcenar, Antinous was initiated into the Cult of Mithras while at Palmyra to the displeasure of Hadrian who was already an initiate. Perhaps, Antinous felt he need to undergo this initiation to gain knowledge and insight and eventually he convinced Hadrian to allow it. How can Hadrian say no to Antinous?
It is said that a sincere seeker should be sensitive to others and not hurt or injure anyone. They should practice non-violence in their actions, words and thoughts. No where do we have that Antinous was a violent person. He knew how to behave in court settings and around the Emperor, not to mention in public settings. Hadrian would not have put up with any violent actions or behavior. I believe that Antinous possessed a sensitive nature. This could be one of the qualities that drew Hadrian to Antinous. One that allowed him to care for people. This caring is even more evident if we believe that Antinous gave his life to save Hadrian.