Monday, December 7, 2009

Some thoughts for today...and any day


"The life of self-centeredness and self-satisfaction lived by most of today's "Christians" is so all-pervading that it effectively seals them off from any understanding at all of spiritual life; and when such people do undertake "spiritual life," it is only as another form of self-satisfaction. This can be seen quite clearly in the totally false religious ideal both of the "charismatic" movement and the various forms of "Christian meditation": all of them promise (and give very quickly) an experience of "contentment" and "peace." But this is not the Christian ideal at all, which if anything may be summed up as a fierce battle and struggle. The "contentment" and "peace" described in these contemporary "spiritual" movements are quite manifestly the product of spiritual deception, of spiritual self-satisfaction––which is the absolute death of the God-oriented spiritual life. All these forms of "Christian meditation" operate solely on the psychic level and have nothing whatever in common with Christian spirituality. Christian spirituality is formed in the arduous struggle to acquire the eternal Kingdom of Heaven, which fully begins only with the dissolution of this temporal world, and the true Christian struggler never finds repose even in the foretastes of eternal blessedness which might be vouchsafed to him in this life; but the Eastern religions, to which the Kingdom of Heaven has not been revealed, strive only to acquire psychic states which begin and end in this life." ----From Orthodoxy and the Future by Seraphim Rose, pp 187-188

2 comments:

  1. Seraphim Rose is one of my favorite (if i dare say so, though I shouldn't) fathers and Orthodoxy and the future (translated in Romania as "and the religion of future" or "future religion") is one that so many of us who consider ourselves good at heart, understanding, soulful, peaceful and all-loving should read, for a reality check :(

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  2. I was blessed to get to spend a few days at Platina, the Monastery founded by Seraphim Rose and his Friend Gleb Podmoshensky.
    Have always found it to be a good experience with fidelity to the cycle of services and a well ordered community.
    The words above clearly proceed from a deeply thinking and sober mind and heart.

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