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The Guru, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  51 reviews
(Back Jacket) This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth, who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the faith of his forefathers - Orthodox Christianity- he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to kn ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published 2009 by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood
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Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
I couldn't put this book down. Not one I'd recommend for a non-Orthodox reader... unless it was someone who was dabbling in dark magic. This seriously scared the bejeebees out of me. I had to read it during the day and then put something else between me and bedtime. The story of a man who pursued both Hindu mysticism and Orthodox Christianity and gave them a chance to show him which had the real power.
Jackie Petroulias
While I have deep respect for Elder Paisios and I believe that he was spiritually evolved WELL beyond most of humanity, I cannot accept the claims made in this book. Like any dogmatic religion, the author leads us down a Greek Orthodox path, not only claiming that all other paths do not lead to God, but quite the opposite, that they are DEMONIC! Regardless of his experiences, his claims and his writing, I can never accept that the majority of humanity has got it all wrong and is filled with demo ...more
Brian Glass
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many years ago I dabbled in esoteric practices similar to what this author writes about. I got out a lot sooner than he did and returned to the Christian faith. The depth to with this man experienced evil is mind-boggling and very real. I just finished reading "The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church" by Vladimir Lossky. Whereas Lossky rearranged the very structure of my mind, this book demonstrated spiritual reality at the level of experience. The only way to get a deeper experience than re ...more
Jan 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbi by: Light&Life
Dionysius Farasiotis (a pen-name) didn’t just want to believe something because someone said it was true, he wanted to know the truth. This led him on a Spiritually dangerous journey. Since he didn’t seem to have grown up with much or any religion, he was open to anything that might reveal the meaning of life, and he went searching in some of the darker corners of the world. He delved into Mind Control, occult, Hinduism, and Christianity. I found it interesting that, for someone who seemed to wa ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book. I sometimes have trouble sleeping when I think about it too much. It's an endearing account of the life of Elder Paisios the New of Mount Athos and a thrilling conversion tale. Miracles, angelic visitations, demonic attacks, the occult, etc. Read it immediately.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte care ar trebui promovata mai intens. Dezvaluie substraturile unei lumi controversate, mascate sub o aparenta cel putin inselatoare.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author's quest for truth and spiritual anchoring is one that many people will be able to identify with. However, the many supernatural hurdles he encountered along the way were jarring and downright creepy! I have never dabbled in witchcraft and the occult - I have simply never been interested, and at a subconscious level, I think I know better than to mess around with the world of spirits. I couldn't relate to his experiences completely, but I do believe in competing forces of good/evil, li ...more
Dec 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a fantastic read for Orthodox Christians interested or swayed by the spirituality and philosophy of India. Although it seems to try to cater to any open-minded reader, it quickly takes the form of contrasting between Orthodox Christianity and Hinduism/Yoga, that could seem somewhat preachy to the average unbiased reader. This likewise occurs with some of the accounts of spiritual warfare in the book, which may take much salt to swallow for those unfamiliar or in disbelief.

In this va
Timothy Bartel
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A simple, straightforward memoir of a by turns beautiful and bizarre spiritual journey. It'll make you want to go live on Mt Athos.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avem multe invataturi de tras de pe urma acestei carti.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before this book, I don't think I've ever experienced so much emotion packed into 320 pages of reading. “The Gurus, The Young Man, and Elder Paisios” was that book. Dionysius Farasiotis is one author who writes about his experiences of life in such depth that I felt part of his story. At moments I wanted to get out of his hardships and rejoice in his struggles. He made everything jump of the pages. Get ready to experience the story of Dionysuis, one not easily forgotten.

Dionysius Farasiotis was
I began reading The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios, a long time ago. It's been perhaps more than a year. While I was initially intrigued by the story of someone from my generation from Greece, who went on a similar spiritual journey to my own, I got bogged down in the somewhat bizarre mystical experiences described in the second to the last chapter, entitled "Inside the Ashrams of India."

The darkness that enveloped much of that chapter caused me to put the book down until a day ago, whe
Davoud Taghavi
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very sincere autobiography of one's man journey from western occult practices and new-age hindu spirituality to his own authentic tradition through Elder Paisios in a small skete in Mt.Athos. Although appropriate for an orthodox reader, those with some level of familiarity with the richness of the mystical hindu tradition and it's production of centuries of spiritually accomplished men, will find this work problematic. One wonders whether sheer bad luck landed 'Dionysios' in the repeated hands ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir is cah-raaaay-zee. It serves as a warning that there is real, physical evil in the world, waiting to consume us if we give it the chance. But it also shows that God is constantly knocking at the door to our hearts, ready and waiting for us to allow him to save us from that evil no matter how many times we succumb to it. The prayers of holy men and women help to protect us - so thank God for them!
Of course if you aren't religiously inclined you would probably just roll your eyes at th
This book is really a spiritual classic for Orthodox Christians, non Christians may find the book offensive, not by it's intent but by the content. It is the spiritual journey of a Greek to the Orthodox Church. This journey makes it's way through the world of the occult and Indian Hinduism. It contrasts Orthodoxy and Hinduism through the authors experience. Much spiritual meet is here for the discerning reader.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not the typical Christian book against eastern religions saying everything is demonic with simplistic evidence.
The author tells his path between Orthodoxy and eastern religions and his travels in India, he explains in a detailed and realistic way his dilemmas and doubts.
Having been in a similar situation I can personally relate to what he says, and how he says it.
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a riveting story of a man's spiritual journey. I read it this summer and have passed it around the family. I applaud the author on his honesty and his depth of detail, and I found the story inspiring and though-provoking; you may well examine your own faith after reading this.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't recommend highly enough. A CLASSIC.
Constantin-Bogdan Feştilă
O carte completă!
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O carte "ziditoare de suflet", pe care am citit-o pe nerăsuflate. Am găsit aici confirmarea celor afirmate de către parintele Serafim Rose în cartea sa "Ortodoxia și religia viitorului". Capcanele practicilor religioase păgâne, idolatre sunt demascate de către autor, în urma experiențelor personale. Pe de o parte se arată puterile de sorginte demonică ale liderilor diferitelor secte, pe de altă parte, sunt disecate tehnicile propovăduite de aceștia, disimularile pe care le fac, pentru atragerea ...more
Emiliya Ahmadova
I have indeed enjoyed reading this book. It is full of wisdom and first-hand experiences that can help anyone. Therefore, I would recommend this book to every struggling soul or anyone who turned away from God or keeps searching for the meaning of his existence.
The author's experiences with demonic forces as well as God’s grace and love give the readers valuable lessons. He clearly explains how the dark forces trap the innocent souls and drag them in the world of darkness and emptiness away fro
James Kurtz
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating adventure but also disturbing account for any Christian having gone astray

A necessary book for Christians to read that despite warnings, go astray into the world of Yoga, Hinduism, Occult, Eastern Mysticism, and Magic. Like the author, I did not accept warnings because I was already exploring this path from an early age. Then would simply denounce or defy anyone to tell me different. What’s imperative and held my attention was the personal account of visiting the ashram of Satyananda
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read it in practically one sitting while sick in bed today.

It reminds me of a lot of the stories about the Desert Fathers, only more real. Not to say the Desert Father stories aren't real, it's just with over a thousand years between me and them, and the different culture and time and everything, I feel a sense of disconnect when I read them, and have a times doubted that it happened, or thought that if it did happen, it doesn't happen now. But this book... it takes place in the modern day.
Patrascu Monica
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book not only matched my spiritual journey but also helped me clear out many of my questions that were still in my mind waiting to be formed into words. What this young man experienced is not far from what I've experienced for 6 years. All those spiritual attacks and darkness is real, and some get to taste it way more than they would initially intent too. But this is what happens when you are thirsty for knowing God, and the Truth, you search beneath every rock. Not that I recommend it. I w ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A remarkably profound book about a young man's perilous journey caught between eastern religion and Eastern Orthodoxy, guided by the interactions of St. Paisios of Mount Athos. It's not a book filled with grand theological musings, yet through the author's interactions with the beloved Elder, the love of Christ radiates through the pages and conveys the message of the Gospel simply and powerfully.

Also important in this book is the contrast between Christianity and popular religious practices to
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Αυτό το βιβλιο περιγράφει ΛΕΠΤΟΜΕΡΩΣ τον Ινδουισμό και πως αυτός επηρέασε με το σύστημα των καστών ολόκληρη την Ινδική κοινωνία για χιλιάδες χρόνια. Ο συγγραφέας, έχοντας βιώσει και τις δυο παραδόσεις σε βάθος μέσα από τη γνωριμία με τους αντιπροσώπους τους (γκουρού και σουάμι από τη μια, τον γέροντα Παισιο και τους αγιορείτες μοναχούς από την άλλη), μιλάει για τη βαθιά αντίθεση μεταξύ των δυο, αντίθεση όμοια με το σκοτάδι και το φως, την εκμηδένιση και την ανύψωση του ανθρωπίνου προσώπου, την υ ...more
Eshy  Grewal
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a convert to Orthodox Christianity from Sikhism, this book is amazing. It made more sense what I went through growing up. Although this books talks about the authors experience with Hinduism and not Sikhism, my family were still heavily influenced by it. I love it and it has definitely made my faith stronger. St Paisios is truly remarkable and lovable. God bless this author and thank you for sharing your experience.
William Tu
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: orthodox-books
Very interesting book, this man has been demon-possessed and gets delivered by Elder Paisios. He dabbled in the occult and had many visions and experiences from demons in Greece and India. But his experience with God were the strongest and eventually he chose the Orthodox faith, instead of eastern religions.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to put this book down once I started reading it.Amazing book...amazing story. It made it clear for me what and who is hiding behind certain ocult practices and oriental religions that are so appealing at first to the westerners. Highly recommend it.
Ana Vukašinović
Trying to write something meaningful here but don't have enough words to express how great this book is. I highly recommend it to anyone on the search of meaning.
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