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The Philokalia, Volume 2: The Complete Text; Compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain & St. Markarios of Corinth
The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence in the recent history of the Orthodox Church far greater than that of any book apart from th...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Faber & Faber
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In my opinion, this book is more difficult to handle than the first volume of the Philokalia, because it is mostly comprised of the writings from St. Maximos the Confessor, who, I have to admit, is a bit of a mind-bender, probably because he is from a scholarly background. It becomes even more important here to keep in touch with the glossary provided with the text. Some understanding of Plato is helpful, since he is clearly influenced by Neo-Platonic thought. What I like most about his work was...more
This book is dense and yet very helpful, the concepts are more esoteric and mystical then most spiritual texts but it is certainly recommended for those who are students of Ancient Philosophy to view it. Taking writings from the Mystic Saints of the Eastern Half of the Church one gets a better appreciation for the Mystical Theology of Christianity and serves a very illuminating purpose of giving a fuller picture of what a Christian is called to experience and become.
The timeless writings of the other-worldly Orthodox Church Fathers on all things. Many speak on similar themes, so there is some repitition. It's powerful stuff - and must be aproached with strict obedience within the Sacramental life of The Church.