Author: Palmer, G E H
The Philokalia is a collection of texts on prayer and the spiritual life, written between the fourth and fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has had a decisive influence upon the Orthodox Church during the last two centuries, and it continues to be read more and more widely. The Philokalia is devoted to themes of universal significance: how we may develop our inner powers and awake from illusion; how we may overcome fragmentation and achieve wholeness; how we may attain contemplative stillness and union with God. This is the first complete translation into English. It is made from the original Greek, and is to be completed in five volumes. The third volume contains works dating from the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Peter of Damaskos, the chief author included, offers a clear and comprehensive survey of the spiritual way, quoting abundantly from earlier writers. Symeon Metaphratis, in his paraphrase of Makarios, stresses the central place of the Holy Spirit. As in the first two volumes, the editors have provided introductory notes to each of the writers, a glossary of (more...)
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Posted by Nicholas Chinappi on 4th Apr 2014
The Philokalia is perhaps the second most important book in the Church next to Holy Scripture. The Orthodox Christian should not hesitate to read this book for the remainder of his/her life as it contains, perhaps in full, the spiritual wisdom of the Holy Fathers. To quote the "Way of the Pilgrim", it "brings one to salvation without labor and sweat". Though this volume is in itself priceless, it would behoove the reader to get the whole set of 4.
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