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El peregrino ruso

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El peregrino ruso es una obra clásica de la espiritualidad oriental y uno de los más destacados modelos que nos ha legado la espiritualidad rusa del siglo XIX. En ella se contiene un mensaje trascendental: la necesidad de la oración continua. A lo largo de sus páginas, el Peregrino, con su propio itinerario físico y espiritual y con la ayuda de su director espiritual o sta ...more
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published April 27th 2012 by San Pablo España (first published 1860)
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Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a story of a wanderer practicing the Jesus Prayer (“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me” (other forms also exist)) while wandering around Russia during the last days of serfdom under the rule of Nicholas I. The book was first printed in 1884, but had already been written down earlier by someone who had known the original person but was better at writing the story down well.

There are stories within the main story; the wanderer meets people, both pious and not so, criminal and devout, ric
This little book largely serves as my mine and my husband's memorable introduction to all things having to do with the Orthodox Christian faith. What a wondrous door has been opened to us! I highly recommend this book to all Christians, not just those exploring Orthodoxy. It takes place in 19th century Czarist Russia and follows the adventures of a homeless, yet joyful Christian pilgrim. His all consuming goal is the learning of continuous prayer.

In this book we were introduced to a very simple
robin friedman
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Prayer For The Heart

I have read books on spirituality from many religious traditions, but I had never read "The Way of a Pilgrim", an anonymous work from the middle or late 19th Century in the Russian Orthodox tradition. I came to the book by way of J.D. Salinger's "Franny and Zooey" which I also had the opportunity to read of late. For those readers unfamiliar with it, Salinger's book consists of two interrelated short stories which center on two precocious young people, Franny Glass, 20, and
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul tells us to pray without ceasing. That seems like an impossible task. This short book is the story of one man's attempt to learn how to pray always. This pilgrim in old Russia travels and learns the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me."

He learns to say this continuously. Like Don Quixote, this pilgrim travels around and meets many pious people. He learns and teaches the value of the Jesus Prayer.

This book has a very simple but extremely powerful message. I fail to pray this en
François B
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be quite edifying and is definitely worth re-reading. A collection of a few stories, all of which are those of a man, a pilgrim, wandering the countryside and conversing with various monks, priests, and other individuals - throughout which he is ever seeking to learn how to pray without ceasing.

Reading it was an excellent use of my time and certainly worthy of its place as a spiritual classic.
Keith Brooks
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent . I don't see why this Eastern Orthodox classic can't be a part of an evangelical Protestant's toolbox . We need more John Wesley's in this regard . ...more
Diana Maria
Glory to God for all things bright and beautiful, and for all things!
Martha Pavlovna
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many things that I learned from this book, from the Philokalia, through the pilgrim. In Chapter 1, how to pray the Jesus prayer is taught. The elder advises the pilgrim to say "Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me" 3 thousand times per day, then 6 thousand times per day and finally 12 thousand times per day! In Chapter 2, the pilgrim travels towards Siberia and meets an officer who talks in depth about the Bible. The officer tells the pilgrim, that a monk once told him that "If you do no ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this book. But I picked this up after reading the initial lines which are really moving. It is a brief book. In the Dover edition it runs to just 66 pages. It is a personal narrative of a wandering Russian pilgrim of the mid 19th century. The pilgrim is one armed and his only worldly possessions are his Bible and Philocalia, which is a collection of mystical writings of the Orthodox tradition. He survives on alms given by others. Since he could read and write, rare skills in ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written in the flavor of many of the 'ancient' holy writings that depict total devotion to Christ as the writers complete aim and a delightful disregard for the comforts and conveniences of this life in pursuit of that aim, it is soothing and encouraging to the soul. However, it also doesn't ring as completely true, or honest and perhaps more as a Catholic 'moral' story and maybe even a promotion to encourage the reading of the Philokalia (which I must read now). Although the encouragement to 'p ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The perfect book to read alongside Brothers Karamazov – a prayer/travel memoir of a 19th C. itinerant Russian mystic. Some of the feats of prayer described here are extraordinary.

The anonymous author wanders around rural Russia with his well-worn copies of the Philokalia (see: The Philokalia, Volume 1: The Complete Text) and the Bible. He says the Jesus prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner") continuously, except when he's interrupted by some calamity or the well-meaning distrac
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It's a bit hard to rate this book. I enjoyed it a lot. As another reviewer stated, it seems like a big advertisement for the Jesus Prayer, but more than that it seemed like an advertisement for the Philokalia as a way to cultivate interior prayer. And, frankly, after reading it, I did really want to read the specific segments from the Philokalia that the staretz recommended. It's not clear who wrote this and how much is fictional, but it painted some pretty pictures. It reminded me a bit of Sidd ...more
Nathan Duffy
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal. Such direct, earnest prose while simultaneously extremely rich and beautiful. This feature of the book itself mirrors the content i.e. the way The Jesus Prayer is so simple and accessible, yet spiritually opens depth upon depth.

If you are Orthodox, or familiar with Orthodoxy, I recommend saving the reading of the annotations for later, as they somewhat jar and disrupt the flow of the narrative. On the other hand, I imagine the footnotes would be extremely helpful for non-Orthodox wh
Aug 22, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Way of a Pilgrim is an easy to read story of a sort of monastic wanderer. Through an open heart and a diligent prayer life, the pilgrim manages to see God's hand in everything. The biggest message of this book? "The Jesus Prayer." Basically, this book serves as an infomerical for this prayer, but I only mean that in the most positive of ways. ...more
Manuel Sanchez
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
(In Spanish) Classic work of Eastern Orthodox theology. Tells the story of a Russian pilgrim on a pilgrimage to many Russian holy sights as he seeks wisdom and faith. It is unknown if the story is a biography or fiction but is very rich in detail and references many of the major Orthodox church religious documents. Good reading and intellectually fascinating.
samuel stolper
Mar 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the book over which franny is obsessing in 'franny and zoe'.

wander siberia, internalize your recognition of god. go slowly, and watch the world around you.

this was anonymously written in russia in the 19th century.

Kevin Wojciechowski
Even though there were things I didn't like about the way the book is written, the major theme/lesson of the book has changed my life. It's only 90 pages and I'd say it's well worth the read. ...more
Dan Glover
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a new edition (2017) of a classic work with an introduction by Andrew Louth. I picked this up, read the first 2 sentences, and was hooked.

"By the mercy of God I am a Christian, by my deeds a great sinner, by calling a homeless wanderer of the lowliest origins, roaming from place to place. Here, see my belongings: a bag of dry crusts on my back and the Holy Bible in my breast pocket; that's it."

It goes on....

"In the twenty-fourth week after Pentecost, I came to church to pray at the Litur
Grady Ormsby
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Way of a Pilgrim by Anonymous, (Olga Savin, Translator) is a fascinating volume. I read the Shambala Pocket Classics edition which is an abridgment. Hints gathered from historical references in the narrative narrow the time to between 1853 and 1861. The Russian original was first published in Kazan in 1884 under the title Candid Narratives of a Pilgrim to His Spiritual Father.
The Way is the story of an unnamed mendicant peasant who travels through southern and central Ukraine and on to Sibe
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book and the tale told in it hold some appeal, ultimately I found the take home message of it quite inane: ceaselessly incant 'lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon me'. Three or four moments of reflection upon the spiritual path the titular pilgrim took, heartened my reading, and in those moments I could almost imagine a constant rapture based upon a greater awareness of universal creation. I do want to better understand the beauty of the Christian faith held by my forefathers, and ther ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of a poor peasant who lost everything and used his misfortune to reach the supreme spiritual heights with his love for Jesus. I got to know about it from the books written by the spiritual masters who followed Hindu and Buddhist paths, but suggested to read it for inspiration. It's a very small book. You can finish it in a single sitting. But you might need numerous sittings to reflect on it and absorb the motivation it's capable of providing you.

This book shows that one
Elizabeth Andrew
Absolutely delightful! This book, part memoir, part spiritual text, is the happy-go-lucky pilgrim's account of his quest to discover what exactly is meant by the Biblical call to "pray constantly." He traverses Russia, encountering humble strangers, priests, drunkards, and wise startsi, all of whom augment his understanding of prayer. Eventually he prays the Jesus Prayer ("Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner") tens of thousands of times daily over years, so his book becomes a meditatio ...more
Well the reader does encounter some interesting travel stories in this book, the keys in the title are pilgrim and spiritual father. The narrator is a pilgrim; that is to say, a person on religious pilgrimage. The focus of the pilgrim's stories are prayer and spiritual development, in Orthodox mysticism. "The Way of the Pilgrim" is a treasure-trove when it comes to prayer and Christian contemplation. This Penguin Classics edition is a well-researched and clear translation from the 19th century R ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Others have written some wonderful reviews about the pilgrim's story, so I won't add to that. I was predisposed to give this 5 stars before I began, because I have used the Jesus prayer off and on for probably 30 years. My version of the prayer is longer, "Lord Jesus Christ, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner." The Jesus prayer is a way of recollecting ourselves to pray unceasingly and to live in the presence of God.

The book is a delight. We are all pilgrims and we meet all sorts
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely beautiful and worthwhile, for me, this was a paradigm shifting book. From the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this late 19th century text follows an anonymous holy fool in his wanderings around Russia (a second book, arguably by the same author, follows him on a journey to Jerusalem). In his time, he reflects on the importance of unceasing prayer, as recommended by St. Paul in the Bible. Using a combination of spiritual advice from his Director, or Starets, reading from the Philokalia, an ...more
Mark Murray
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: renovare-25
Chronicles the wanderings of a spiritual pilgrim around Russia. This simple pilgrim learns much about the grace of God, the value of the scripture and the use of the Jesus prayer by which he is able to practice prayer without ceasing. Lord--Jesus--Christ--have mercy--on me--a sinner. Each part is said on the beat of the heart until you no longer have to think about it, that is the heart will pray on its own. It is an Eastern take on "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence or in ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this pretty much alongside Timothy Ware's The Orthodox Church, and I'm glad it worked out that way because they complemented each other nicely. The Orthodox church and its history and theology are still pretty new to me, so having this more experiential narrative next to Ware's (very readable) nonfiction helped shed light on some of the key areas and topics from slightly different angles.

One caveat: this is narrative! This is mostly about the pilgrim's experience with the simple but prof
Tandava Graham
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-lives
This is a beautiful little book, and I often enjoy reading it just before the Christmas season, during which I tend to feel a strong affinity with the Jesus prayer. I know nothing else of the Russian Orthodox Church beyond this book, so I don't know how typical the teachings of the Philokalia are for it. But what comes across is a remarkably yogic approach to spirituality, very sweet and inspiring. A good resource for the study of japa, and well worth repeated rereading. ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
There's a link here between eastern and western religions that I hadn't paid much attention to heretofore. I'm a western dude and can't really get into the Eastern stuff, but still found the pilgrim's plight inspirational and compelling. ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
I finished it this week while on Koh Chang and i was an interesting read. I'm glad that Garrett gave it to me. Now to figure out who I should pass it on to. :) ...more
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