Writings from the Philokalia on prayer of the heart by various

By various

E. Kadloubovsky (Translator), G. E.H. Palmer (Translator)

The Philokalia is a crucial selection of writings by way of Fathers of the japanese Church relationship from the fourth to the fourteenth century. It exists in 3 models: the Greek, complied within the eighteenth century; the Slavonic; and the Russian.

The Russian textual content, translated via Bishop Theophan the Recluse within the 19th century, and which include 5 volumes (with which a 6th is typically associated), is the main whole of all 3 models. it's the Russian textual content that has been utilized in translating into English this option, which offers a number Philokalia writings in regards to the Jesus Prayer.

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36) . f+. It is said that in the life to come the anll"ls and saints shall never cease to progress in increasing their gifts, striving for greater and ever greater blessings. No slackening or change from virtue to sin is admitted in that life. ss. In this life, regard that man as perfect who has received the likeness of the stature of Christ as a pledge, so to speak; but in the life to come, perfection will be shown by the degree of deification. s6. In the future, a man shall have the degree of deification corresponding to his present perfection in spiritual stature.

Already after transgression, when man fell into corruption and coarseness of flesh, tllis fact of necessity produced in him lust and rage. Therefore, when flesh holds sway in him, lust and anger resist the desires of his soul. But when these forces of death are made subject to reason, they assist the soul in doing right. 8 2. When God's breath created the soul possessing mind and reason, He did not, at the same time, create rage and animal lust; He endowed the soul only with the desiring power and with courage in fulfilling desires.

Have you understood, brethren, that there exists a certain spiritual method swiftly leading whoever follows it to passionlessness and the vision of God? Are you convinced that the whole of active life is regarded by God as nothing but leaves on a tree which bears no fruit and that every soul which has no guarding of the mind will labour therein in vain? Let us then take care lest we die having borne no fruit and suffer vain regrets for all eternity. By Nicephorus himself Qyostion (to Nicephorus).

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