The true story of a young Greek man who became a Hindu and witnessed many miracles at the hands of Hindu gurus, yet who was called back to his Orthodox. This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various. 27 Aug I have indeed enjoyed reading this book. It is full of wisdom and first-hand experiences that can help anyone.

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And they took it. It clearly exposes the living tradition of true repentance and holiness, bound up in sanctified elders who, in deep love, become intercessors for those of us who are weak in this life; and it shows that this continues in our modern day, and has the power to overcome great delusions of our age.

The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios (Dionysios Farasiotis)

One wonders whether sheer bad luck landed ‘Dionysios’ in the repeated hands A very sincere autobiography of one’s man journey from western occult practices and new-age hindu spirituality to his own authentic tradition through Elder Paisios in a small skete in Mt. As I recall, the wealth of supernatural experiences he wrote about also caused me to step back a bit, much like a Carlos Castenada book did back in the 70’s.

When Elder Ephraim tonsures a novice into the rassaphore, he picks a name from a list he has and that becomes their new name. Jul 27, William Tu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Posted 25 September – The Elder places more emphasis on the first book but they are often published together in one book.

The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios by Dionysios Farasiotis

Why should anyone take on the mqn of this convert’s past? Though I must say that, since I wrote my above review, I’ve re-read half of eldeer book; and I feel precisely as before, and somewhat more strongly. Ephraim and Joseph are two of the more popular names for American converts that entered the faith through the monasteries. That past experience and understanding continues to color our interpretation of all we come to know as Orthodox Christians.


A large portion of the literature read in the monasteries describes demon-possessed monks. He sacrificed Himself for our sins and reconciled us with God. The 3 stars are for some wise tidbits in this book, including the following excerpt – which moved me and reminded me of my own path: Posted 12 July – I have yet to find another book that could match the reality of the spiritual wars at play in our present days.

I had to read it during the day and then put something else between me and bedtime. Therefore, I would recommend this book to every struggling soul or anyone who turned away from God or keeps searching for the meaning of his existence.

The only way to get a deeper ;aisios than reading this book is to try it yourself.

After a few years, the hype died down and no one was talking about the translation anymore. By their fruits you shall know them.

The Gurus the Young Man and Elder Paisios

His experiences in India, along with his subsequent encounters with Elder Paisios on Mount Athos, are recounted in the present book in vivid detail. Dionysius Farasiotis is one author who writes tne his experiences of life in such depth that I felt part of his story.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He was clever, curious, adventurous, and always in wonder. They start to decorate their house with Indian trinkets, cook Indian food, and listen to Indian ceremonial music Kirtan.

The prayer of the heart bodily aids are just that, means to an gugus, not the end itself. Elderly Novice Monk Gardening at St. The entire family will generally offer to help anywhere help is needed.

Many followers of gurus work hard at their ashrams without having any demands for recompense, insurance, pharmaceuticals, nursing or even the least bit of pocket money.

The remainder of the article can be read here: Back to Book Reviews. Elders know all the psychological and emotional weaknesses of their devotees since they expose their entire paisio inner world during confession. Anthony’s and has since returned after some very positive conversations with that Elder Paisios.

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Apparently, it is very important, even if only once in a lifetime, for someone to meet him and get his blessing. And even if the superior is wrong, it is still better to do obedience and be safeguarded from delusion.

For instance, in one monastery, the Abbot admitted that the monk in charge of construction was going to lose his soul if he remained in that diakonima because it apisios not helping him and he was becoming more problematic, argumentative, egotistical, and was challenging Geronda at every step. The only way pajsios get a deeper experience than re Many years ago I dabbled in esoteric practices similar to what this author writes about.

The nan are revealed through purification and revelation. This site uses cookies. Dlder cut their hair and dedicate themselves to a guru. The gurus also follow this tactic.

Nektarios Monastery use to hand out to pilgrims have not been translated into English. Or, in some cases, they will sell all that they own but instead of giving the money to the poor as dictated by Christ, they give all that money snd the monastery.

This often occurs when an individual goes to more than one monastery, say the male and female monasteries in Texas, and they feel conflicted of where to send their money. There are basically 2 forms of prelest — i When a person strives for a high spiritual state or spiritual vision without having been purified of the passions and relying on his own judgment. We Indians believe in self-worship. Is it healthy for paisioz disciple to love their Elder more than Girus and see their Elder as Christ Himself not just an icon of Christ?

No fault, no accountability.