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  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (Nov. 7 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571175252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571175253
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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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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The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual master of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Salvonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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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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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The Philokalia can simply be regarded as the one treatise that captures the true spirit of Christianity. I have explored many Christian books from different "denominational" perspectives but none of them come near to the maturity, substance and integrity of the Philokalia treatice. The bible refers to the ONE body of Christ meaning the ONE church that fully embraces ALL the principles of Christianity. The Philokalia contains a plethora of evidence on how sincere and unadulterated Christianity can enrich every person. The Philokalia, in this English translation, can help break down denominational barriers for it only reveals the unity that once existed in the early church. As such, it must be read by all Christians and non-Christians seaking a true spiritual foundation. The disunity that exists in the Christian church through the meriad of "denominations", the aura of expediency and convenieance that permeates today's Christian interpretations and approaches, the lack of conviction on issues of faith and morality, all for the sake of "embracing diversity" has only served to alienate people from each other, to creat a culture of fear and mistrust in today's society and families. The Philokalia, in its honest and comprehensive adherence to an intrinsically true moral code which lies in Christianity, makes it possible to provide guidance and direction on matters of faith and spirituality for ALL people regardless of cultural, ethnic and religious background. Of all the post-biblical Christian books, the Philokalia may very well be the one treatise that gives justice the meaning of the one true body of Jesus Christ which is the Orthodox Church.
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