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Philokalia
« on: July 15, 2013, 12:50:07 AM »
The Philokalia (Gk. φιλοκαλία, "love of the beautiful, the good") is "a collection of texts written between the 4th and 15th centuries by spiritual masters" of the Eastern Orthodox hesychast tradition. They were originally written for the guidance and instruction of monks in "the practise of the contemplative life". The collection was compiled in the eighteenth-century by St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth.
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 12:52:37 AM »
"True wisdom is gazing at God. Gazing at God is silence of the thoughts. Stillness of mind is tranquillity which comes from discernment."
[St. Isaac the Syrian]
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 12:55:37 AM »
"For God is silence, and in silence is he sung by means of that psalmody which is worthy of Him. I am not speaking of the silence of the tongue, for if someone merely keeps his tongue silent, without knowing how to sing in mind and spirit, then he is simply unoccupied and becomes filled with evil thoughts: ... There is a silence of the tongue, there is a silence of the whole body, there is a silence of the soul, there is the silence of the mind, and there is the silence of the spirit."
[John the Solitary]
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« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2013, 12:59:52 AM »
"If, then, you wish to behold and commune with Him Who is beyond sense-perception and beyond concept, you must free yourself from every impassioned thought."
[Evagrios the Solitary]
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« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2013, 01:07:38 AM »
"In diligent exercise of mystical contemplation, leave behind the senses and the operations of the intellect, and all things sensible and intellectual, and all things in the world of being and non-being, that you may arise by unknowing towards the union, as far as is attainable, with Him who transcends all being and all knowledge. For by the unceasing and absolute renunciation of yourself and of all things you may be borne on high, through pure and entire self-abnegation, into the superessential Radiance of the Divine Darkness."
[Dionysius the Areopagite]
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« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2013, 10:35:54 PM »
"When the intellect has been perfected, it unites wholly with God and is illumined by divine light, and the most hidden mysteries are revealed to it. Then it truly learns where wisdom and power lie… While it is still fighting against the passions it cannot as yet enjoy these things… But once the battle is over and it is found worthy of spiritual gifts, then it becomes wholly luminous, powerfully energized by grace and rooted in the contemplation of spiritual realities. A person in whom this happens is not attached to the things of this world but has passed from death to life."

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2013, 10:37:03 PM »
"The Lord fills His teachers with grace according to the quality and longing of those who listen."
[St. John Cassian in On the Holy Fathers of Sketis]
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2013, 11:35:57 AM »
"When Christ Himself spoke to Paul and called him, He could have opened his eyes at once and made known to him the way of perfection; instead He sent him to Ananias and told him to learn from him the way of truth, saying: Arise and go into the city, and there you will be told what you must do (Acts 9:6). In this manner He teaches us to be guided by those who are advanced on the way, so that the vision rightly given to Paul should not be wrongly interpreted; otherwise it might lead later generations presumptuously to suppose that each individual must be initiated into the truth directly by God, as Paul was, and not by the fathers…"

[St. John Cassian in On the Holy Fathers of Sketis]
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« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2013, 12:58:53 AM »
"All men are made in God's image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life."

[St. Diadochos of Photiki]
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2013, 01:19:15 AM »
"There is no gainsaying what the fathers have so well affirmed, that a man does not find rest except by acquiring inwardly the thought that God and he alone exist; and so he does not let his intellect wander at all towards anything whatsoever, but longs only for Him, cleaving to Him alone. Such a man will find true rest and freedom from the tyranny of the passions. My soul, as David says, is bound to Thee; Thy right hand has upheld me (Ps. 63:8. LXX)".
[St. Theodoros]
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Re: Philokalia
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2013, 12:24:36 PM »
"For the good is not good if it is not rightly done. It is really good only if it is not done with the purpose of receiving some reward: as, for instance, the search for popularity or glory may be rewarded by fame, or by excessive gain, or by something else that is wrong. God is not interested in what happens to turn out to be good or in what appears to be good. He is interested in the purpose for which a thing is done."
[St. John of Damaskos]
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Re: Philokalia
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2013, 03:37:25 AM »
"For desire is drawn towards three things: the pleasure of the flesh, vain self-glory, and the acquisition of material wealth. As a result of this senseless appetite it scorns God and His commandments, and forgets His generosity; it turns like a savage beast against its neighbour; it plunges the intelligence into darkness and prevents it from looking towards the truth. He who has acquired a spiritual understanding of this truth will share, even here on earth, in the kingdom of heaven and will live a blessed life in expectation of the blessedness that awaits those who love God."
[St. John of Damaskos]
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Re: Philokalia
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2013, 07:18:37 PM »
"If we had to seek virtue outside of ourselves, that would assuredly be difficult; but as it is within us, it suffices to avoid bad thoughts and to keep our souls turned toward the Lord."
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