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Nov. 1 1995 Philokalia (Book 3)
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 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.

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"The Philokalia is a collection of texts written in Greek between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox tradition. Compiled in the 18th century and first published in Venice in 1782, it has had a profound influence on the spiritual life of the Eastern churches." -- Theology Digest

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Gerald Eustace Howell Palmer (1904-84) studied at Oxford and was the MP for Winchester from 1935 until 1945. He collaborated in many translations, including The Philokalia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Philokalia) July 13 2004
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The book pictured is actually Volume 4 of The Philokalia: The Complete Text. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 have already been published; and the final volume, which would be Volume 5, would finalize the complete text. However, when Volume 5 would be translated and published is anybody's guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kallistos Ware, have I said enough? May 23 2004
Let the fingers speak, G.E.H. Palmer has outdone himself this time. Whoo-wee. A frightening experience the first parts of the book is, but once you get going you had better grasp the seat of your pants. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to the Bible March 28 2004
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These volumes have been a part of my library for many years, I began with Volume one in 1983 -- I have found a richness of spiritual insight within these writings of the Fathers of the Church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The cure for today's worldly Christians June 18 2003
This collection of writings from the Desert Fathers of the Holy Church is indispensable for those who want grow into the likeness of Christ. The Christianity presented by the Philokalia will seem quite alien to an average American Christian, with it's condemnation of virtually everything that American culture holds dear, but make no mistake, the gospel of the Cross is no different for us than it was for them.
I must disagree with another reviewer who said that the entire creed of the Philokalia is "know thyself". By far the central theme and issue is prayer. Not just any prayer per se, but prayer with a purified mind and heart, and so the other crucial theme is the need to purify ourselves and crucify our passions in order to make progress in the Christian life. The Fathers teach not to "know thyself", but to "purify thyself".
I have found Philokalia to be extremely helpful, and cannot recommend it highly enough.
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_The Philokalia_ (meaning "love of the beautiful") consists of the compiled wisdom of monks in the Eastern traditions from the fourth to the fifteenth century, covering over a thousand years of Christian wisdom and practical spiritual advice. _The Philokalia_ was first compiled in the eighteenth century by two Eastern monks, Saint Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain of Athos, and Saint Makarios of Corinth. _The Philokalia_ was subsequently translated from Greek into Russian. This edition was translated from the Greek. This wisdom and practical advice has been prominent in the Eastern churches since it was compiled by these two spiritual fathers, as well as being used by the monks of Mount Athos in Greece. The first volume of _The Philokalia_ features the wisdom of such early Eastern Christian monks and desert fathers as Saint Isaiah the Solitary, Evagrios the Solitary, Saint John Cassian, Saint Mark the Ascetic, Saint Hesychios the Priest, Saint Neilos the Ascetic, Saint Diadochos of Photiki, Saint John of Karpathos, and a work attributed to Saint Antony the Great. Much of the material found here includes practical advice for monks on living a life in Christ as well as advice for overcoming spiritual pride and the deceits of demons. Included are ways to avoid the demons of the vices: unchastity, avarice, anger, dejection, listlessness, self-esteem, and pride. The book offers a beautiful account of the struggle of these monks against the flesh in an attempt to live a holy life in Christ free from the constraints of the outer society. This first volume of _The Philokalia_ is a great tribute to the Eastern Christian tradition and to its spiritual achievements in attempting to follow Our Lord, Jesus Christ. It is truly a marvelous volume which gives meaning to a spiritual life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love of the beautiful Nov. 27 2002
The Philokalia is the supreme ascetical text of two thousand years of Christian history. The Greek title means love of the beautiful, the exalted, the good. Its subject is an interpretation of life IN the Divine Christ. St Philotheos' 'Forty Texts on Watchfulness' especially, and Theophanis the Monk's 'Ladder of Divine Graces' (both in vol. 3) sing like a burning bush! This is ancient Christianity, supple and free. &It's interesting that Peter of Damaskos, in the pivotal texts on the Eight Stages of Contemplation, seems to borrow the language, and gestures, even, of Buddhist thought, Zen in particular. John of the Cross shook of a kindred understanding of emptiness, but Desert spirituality, the Greek Fathers are something else again, something more striking, more pungent than even the Discalced mystic. The Philokalia's entire creed is 'know thyself.' Constantly the text presents both a belief system and a system of ascetic philosophy and practice that curse the whimpering centuries as they pass now, make no mistake. The disciple's world isn't pretty, and these men from the centuries of the early Church after the Declaration of Constantine preach a honeyed death in order to live, as do the Psalms.. These priests and hermits roamed Egypt and Palestine living the lessons, injunctions and bliss even as they were composing the Philokalia. The Greek texts first translated into Slavonic became grafted to Russian spirituality, and are the richer for that; however, the real treasure of the Philokalia reveals itself disinterestedly to any reader who behind the primitive gestures of antique exegesis sees only That which Is, and thereof understands himself whole, like Gregory of Sinai, Callistus and Ignatius. The Philokalia is unbuttered Christianity you won't find in churches. Therefore, highest recommendation to you of right intention.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BE CAREFUL!!!!
First, let me start off by saying that this is an absolutely wonderful book. However, what far too many people do not understand is that this book should only be read by those in... Read more
Published on March 13 2004 by Bob Burcheck
3.0 out of 5 stars Philokalia (Vol. 4) - The contemplative life
Much like its predecessors, this book mainly is concerned with the contemplative life as well as a solitary existence. Read more
Published on July 20 2002 by A. J. Valasek
3.0 out of 5 stars Introspective; teaching of humility and asceticism. (Vol 3)
This is a highly introspective text. The main focuses of this volume are asceticism, humility, and contemplation. The largest majority of its pages are attributed to St. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2002 by A. J. Valasek
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Spiritual Treasures.
I can't read too much at one time because the Philokalia is not simply an intellectual exercise. It requires prayer and reflection and time. Read more
Published on July 30 2001 by A. Doug Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars A Soul Working Book (Vol. 1)
I personally think this is a wonderful book for those people who want to work on their inward person. Read more
Published on May 26 2001 by A. J. Valasek
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal thoughts
The Philokalia are a well-spring of "jewels" from the holy fathers available to us for the taking anytime. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Fr. Emmanuel
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treatise on Authentic Christianity
The Philokalia can simply be regarded as the one treatise that captures the true spirit of Christianity. Read more
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