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The Philokalia is a collection of spiritual texts compiled by St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth. The writings are by various monks on how to progress in the Christian virtues through such methods as prayer, watchfulness and ascetic struggles.
Published March 17th 2016
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If you love psychology then this book is for you. We usually say something is mystical until the moment we understand it. As soon as we begin to understand, we call it knowledge. So that is the case with this book. It is true that it is intended for monks, but only because it contains so many repetitions, which is not surprising if we know that - repetitio est mater studiorum. I do not agree with the opinion of some that the book is dangerous for those who are not Orthodox Christians. The book ...more
“80. Those who hold forth about spiritual realities without having tasted and experienced them are like a man traversing an empty and arid plain at high noon on a summer's day: in his great and burning thirst he imagines that there is a cool spring close at hand, full of sweet clear water, and that there is nothing to prevent him from drinking it to his heart's content. Or they are like a man who, without having tasted a drop of honey, tries to explain to others what its sweetness is like. Such indeed are those who try to introduce others to perfection, sanctity and dispassion without having learnt about these things through their own efforts and direct experience. And had God given them even a slight awareness of the things about which they speak, they would at all events see that the truth about them differs greatly from the explanation that they give. Christianity is liable to be misconstrued little by little in this way, and so turned into atheism.”
“Presumption is an abomination to the Lord, and it was this that originally expelled man from paradise when he heard the serpent say, 'You will be like gods' (Gen. 3:5), and put his trust in this vain hope. Have you not learnt how your God and King, and the very Son of God, emptied Himself and took on the form of a slave (cf Phil. 2:7)?”More quotes…