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The Philokalia Volume The Complete Text 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 then translate

  • Title: The Philokalia, Volume 1: The Complete Text
  • Author: G.E.H. Palmer Philip Sherrard
  • ISBN: 9780571130139
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Philokalia, Volume 1: The Complete Text By G.E.H. Palmer Philip Sherrard, 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 thThe 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 the Bible It is concerned with themes of universal importance how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God This excellent English translation, which takes into account the latest scholarly research into the original works, represents a major gift from the wise men of the East The fluency of the literary style of this translation and the practical understanding which these writings reveal for the spiritual predicaments facing each Christian in every generation brings the book well within the range of the ordinary reader who seeks spiritual counsel The complete Philokalia covers the period from the fourth to the fifteenth century Volume One takes us up to the eighth century and is thus the common heritage of Orthodox and Catholics Chrysostom

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    1. Most Orthodox Priests and Monks warn not to read the Philokalia as lay people, or at least not without preparation and understanding If one does not have a basic understanding of Orthodox mysticism, one is certainly likely to misunderstand the text That being said, I found the text no difficult to understand than other sacred texts with the proper context In a way, I feel I ve been preparing to read these for ten years Here are a few hints that have helped me read the Philokalia 1 Understand th [...]

    2. This book is not for the average thinker In order to understand it, one must understand the Eastern Orthodox Religion The book is a based on how a orthodox monk or layperson should conduct their lives It is a step by step journey into protecting the nous, heart, and mind from everyday temptations that many of us might take for granted This is all done for the sake and salvation of one s soul For some, I probably am not making any senseThat s how complicated this book can be Regardless, I love th [...]

    3. The only thing that bothers me about this translation is that the word intellect is used for the Greek word nous I do not think it would have been bad to transliterated certain Greek words in this case, nous to get the English speaking audience familiar with this term and also to avoid misunderstanding of words like intellect

    4. I heard about this book from within the pages of The Way of a Pilgrim The Pilgrim referred to it many times and had a strong desire to read it often When I found out we owned the first volume I was all over it I can t even express the amount of wisdom that is contained within this book It s one that will be read over and over again throughout my life.

    5. Not finished, yet, but already a 5 Star read Meat, not milk Just pray that you are able to remove your sandals before approaching this holy ground , for if you keep them on, you may do yourself harm than good.

    6. A treasury 4 of 5 planned volumes have been published and translated into English that I ve found of spiritual wisdom from our Eastern ascetic brothers of the Orthodox church One place to explore the use of the Jesus Prayer, and attempts to live out Paul s call to pray without ceasing.

    7. Quickly put, these books are the advanced texts for the Christian spiritual life If you want to know the depths, you ll find them here.

    8. This is not a book I would recommend for the casual reader but it does have some excellent value in three areas If you are interested in the history of the church, or early Greek Orthodox mysticism This is probably one of the best origional sources you can get your hands on I would also strongly recommend this book as a set of meditations or devotionals for pretty much anybody As a Western Christian, it was a challenge to my normal way of viewing certain spiritual matters, but I have long had a [...]

    9. Spiritual wisdom mostly monastic from the early centuries of Christianity gathered in this first volume of The Philokalia The highlights, no doubt, are the contributions of Evagrius and Cassian This is a work not to read but to savor.

    10. The Philokalia is EXTRAORDINARY Now, I will make an unusual assertion for a Western Christian The Philokalia of the Eastern Church, compiled by Nicodimos and Makarios, is the most comprehensive, thorough, and integrated legacy of Christian mystical writings available today East or West If we can make sense of these writings we can plumb the depths of Christian Mysticism.The English translation of The Philokalia published by Faber Faber comes in four volumes about 1,500 pages , so I think it s im [...]

    11. The first copy of this book that I owned I found in a thrift shop and after reading just a few pages decided to go to my local bookstore and order new copies of the entire set When I read monastic writings like this I m not reading so much as I am studying them I may read a sentence or a paragraph or a whole book then ponder what was written for days or weeks, so it took me about a year to get through the first volume and I am now working my way through the second The wisdom and disciplines that [...]

    12. As the back of the book says, the Philokalia is the most important book other than the Bible for Orthodox Christians, and it is truly amazing The glossary at the back of this book helps a lot, and contains explanations of many very important Orthodox beliefs and terms The only complaint I have is that I wish the translators and editors would have included St Nikodimos comments on the various writings he compiled within this English edition It seems that they would have been very helpful and reta [...]

    13. An anthology of writings on monasticism and mysticism by Orthodox saints and monks.When I first read this, I didn t really understand it But I remember one piece that denounced self esteem as sinful I never forgot that, and it was my shield against certain kinds of psychobabble for years.I still don t think I d understand most of it Monastics are out of this world.

    14. Collection of sayings of early monastic fathers primarily in the Greek tradition This volume has one of the best selections illustrating the concept of spiritual exegesis often used in the early church up to 4th Century CE At the very least, an interesting collection for those interested in spirituality Start with Merton s Sayings of the Desert Fathers, though.

    15. The Philokalia is either a sort of Yoga based on the prayer of the heart or an early burst of creative ressentiment A difficult reading for me because I don t really have a theological culture Either way I d like to read .

    16. Very dense with advice from some of the earliest Christian ascetics Some of the writings were intended for monastics, but most are a treasury of advice useful for all Christians Some of the language may seem cryptic, especially for non Orthodox Christians.

    17. I read a little each evening before bed, truly an inspiring journey into the beauty and potential strength of mankind body and soul.

    18. This is a wonderful look into the psychology and spirituality of the desert fathers and mothers or the 1st to 5th centuries Truly a wealth of experience for meditation and personal insight.

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