Philokalia

A Conversation on the Philokalia with Special Guest, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)

In this 35 minute face-to-face video interview Fr. Josiah discusses the sacred Orthodox spiritual texts known as The Philokalia with one of the three translators of the Philokalia into English and the only one still living: His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware). Metropolitan Kallistos is a leading authority on the Philokalia, and will introduce the listener to its riches as well as revealing behind the scenes information about the English translation itself.

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On the Character of Men and the Virtuous Life - 170 Texts. A Work Attributed to St. Antony the Great
St. Antony the Great
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This magnificent text appointed by St. Nikodemos as the first work in the Philokalia was considered by St. Nicodemos to be authored by St. Antony while most Philokalic scholars today consider it to be of Stoic-Platonic provenance. As such it serves in its content and placement as a transitional piece between the best of Hellenic philosophy and asceticism and the burgeoning Christian asceticism of the 4th and following centuries.

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2 Tracks: $10.00
Extracts from the Texts on Watchfulness
Evagrios the Solitary
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A very short reading – five paragraphs by Evagrios the Solitary on watchfulness.

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For the Encouragement of the Monks in India who had Written to Him: One Hundred Texts together with An Ascetic Discourse written to the Same monks
St. John of Karpathos
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This beautiful text so full of honest evaluation of the trials of concerted Christian living provides numerous words of consolation and encouragement to the struggler such as, "When you are being tested by trials and temptations, you cannot avoid feeling dejected. But those who till the earth of hardship and tribulation in their hearts are afterwards filled with great joy, tears of consolation and holy thoughts"...and again, "To anyone among you who is oppressed by a sense of his worthlessness and inability to attain holiness, this is our message: if he attains dispassion he can see Jesus, not only in the future, but coming to him here and now, with power and great glory."

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On the Holy Fathers of Scetis and on Discrimination
St John Cassian
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Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment. This Philokalia text is a Greek excerpt and summary made by St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain from St. Cassian's Latin classic The Conferences. In this beautiful and eminently practical guide for spiritual progress St. John Cassian produces the teaching of the Desert Fathers on the supreme value of discrimination as "the source, root, crown and common bond of all the virtues." Besides explaining how discrimination holds together all spiritual effort in proportion, he offers many practical counsels on how to acquire discernment.

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Both Parts: $5.00
Ascetic Discourse by St. Neilos the Ascetic
St. Neilos the Ascetic
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St. Neilos the Ascetic, disciple of St. John Chrysostom and one-time city-prefect of Constantinople turned monk and Abbot, provides in 50 pages - the longest of all texts by far in Vol. 1 of the English Philokalia - a substantial rationale and vision for investing one's energies in the cultivation of the soul and the acquisition of heaven, rather than the care of the body and the pursuit of earthly glory and fame. Chocked full of spiritual interpretations of Old Testament texts, St. Neilos utilizes his vast knowledge of Scripture and vast life experience to promote the development of Christian spiritual life. This text is duly famous for its profound reflections upon the gravity and significance of being a spiritual father.

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Complete 50 page reading: $15.00
St. Diadochos of Photiki: On Spiritual Knowledge and Discrimination
St. Diadochos of Photiki
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This text is a treasure trove of guidance for deep prayer and the purification of the heart as well as presenting precious pearls on the significance of Holy Baptism, proper discernment of interior evil, and a guide for evaluating dreams.

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St. Thalassios the Libyan: On Love, Self-Control and Life in accordance with the Intellect
St. Thalassios the Libyan
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St. Thalassios writes, "Maintain a regular level of ascetic practice and do not break your rule unless forced to do so. You will not find the rigours of ascetic life hard to bear if you do all things with measure and by rule." The saint's advice has many applications for contemporary urban Christians who want a deeper life with Christ. This beautiful collection of 400 aphorisms on love, self-control and life in accord with the intellect is the only extant work of St. Thalassios, the Libyan abbot, close confidant of St. Maximos the Confessor, and the recipient of several of St. Maximos' theological treatises and personal letters. This treatise is found in Volume 2 of the Philokalia.

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All 5 Tracks: $5.00
Evagrios the Solitary, On Asceticism and Stillness
Evagrios the Solitary
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He addresses issues of diet, personal interactions, clothing, possessions, hospitality, friendship, exile, restlessness, practical handiwork, unavoidable commerce, the contemplation of eternal things, illness, vigils, prayer, and the temptations of over attachment to locality. As a summation of his valuable counsel he writes, "Be like an astute businessman: make stillness your criterion for testing the value of everything, and choose always what contributes to it." Evagrios the Solitary, sometimes known as Evagrios Ponticus, was a disciple of the Cappadocian Fathers, ordained reader by St. Basil the Great and deacon by St. Gregory the Theologian. He became a monk of the Egyptian desert, and is the most prolific author of the Desert Fathers. He exercised a tremendous influence on both Eastern and Western monasticism, and four of his writings were included by the Holy Fathers in the 1st Volume of the Philokalia.

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St. Maximos the Confessor On the Lord's Prayer
St. Maximos the Confessor
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The Holy Father exposits the Lord’s Prayer phrase by phrase, asserting that within the text of the prayer we find the entire aim and purpose of the Incarnation: human deification. The Confessor affirms that hidden in the Lord's Prayer are seven divine mysteries granted to men: theology, adoption as sons by grace, equality with the angels, participation in eternal life, the restoration of human nature when it is reconciled dispassionately with itself, the abolition of the law of sin, and the destruction of the tyranny that holds us in its power through the deceit of the evil one. If we sit as faithful students at the feet of St. Maximos and learn from his wisdom, we will never pray the Lord's Prayer the same way again.

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All 4 Tracks: $5.00
Ss. Kallistos and Ignatios: Directions to Hesychasts
Ss. Kallistos and Ignatios
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In this treatise the authors make a cogent argument for the frequent reception of Holy Communion. This lengthy and thorough treatise is arranged in the genre of the Century, and authored by the great 14th century Saint-Patriarch of Constantinople Kallistos I and his co-laborer, St. Ignatios of Xanthopoulos. St. Kallistos was a spiritual son of St. Gregory of Sinai (also an author in the Philokalia) for many years on Mt. Athos.

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10 Tracks + Introduction: $15.00
St. Gregory of Sinai: On the Signs of Grace and Delusion
St. Gregory of Sinai
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St. Gregory of Sinai, together with St. Gregory Palamas, are the two glorious Gregories of the 14th century raised up by Almighty God to defend and articulate the Orthodox Christian teaching on the prayer of the heart and human deification.

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1 Track + Introduction: $8.00
St. Gregory Palamas: In Defense of Those Who Devoutly Practice a Life of Stillness
St. Gregory Palamas
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In this treatise the Saint defends the psychosomatic methods employed by the monks as well as the authentic and genuine spiritual experience of seeing the uncreated light of Mt. Tabor. St. Gregory Palamas (1296-1359), Athonite monk, Archbishop of Thessaloniki, and one of the Pillars of Holy Orthodoxy, wrote much in defense of the practice of the Jesus Prayer and the vision of the uncreated light.

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1 Track + Introduction: $4.00
Letter to Nicolas the Solitary
St. Mark the Ascetic
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Written to a young and zealous Christian by St. Mark the Ascetic after he himself had retired to the desert, it focuses upon the method to defeat what St. Mark calls "the three giants of the demonic Philistines": ignorance, forgetfulness, and laziness. St. Mark provides the antidote to these core vices in the medicine of mindfulness of God, real spiritual knowledge, and true ardor. This text is full of practical wisdom for cultivating prayer, and especially is a treasure trove of counsel on how to develop an unceasing spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving so that the Christian might learn to say at all times with the Psalmist, "What shall I give to the Lord in return for all His benefits towards me?"

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St. Symeon the New Theologian: On Faith
St. Symeon the New Theologian
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The text recounts the experience of a layman named “George” and his coming to see the uncreated light. It is generally thought that under the guise of “George” St. Symeon describes his own experience. Contemporary English editors of the Philokalia called the “New Theologian” Symeon (949-1011), a “missionary of the mystical life”.  This writing was originally a catechesis delivered by the Saint Abbot to his monks at the Monastery of St. Mamas in Constantinople. It is one of two of the Saint’s teachings that were selected by the original editors of the Philokalia for inclusion.

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1 Track + Introduction: $3.00
St. Symeon the New Theologian: The Three Methods of Prayer
St. Symeon the New Theologian
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Here we find the contours of a true and God-pleasing approach to prayer.  This treatise is one of two of the Saint’s teachings that were selected by the original editors of the Philokalia for inclusion. The great “New Theologian” Symeon (949-1022), was called a “missionary of the mystical life, by the contemporary English editors of the Philokalia.  

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St. Nikephoros the Monk, On Watchfulness and the Guarding of the Heart
St. Nikephoros the Monk
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St. Nikephoros calls upon the aspirant to take custody of his mind, and seek to unite the mind with the heart by the use of the Jesus Prayer. By this, St. Nikephoros affirms, all the other virtues will arise. St Nikephoros the Hesychast is known to us from the life of St Gregory Palamas. The saint was a convert from Roman Catholicism, and opposed the false-union policies of Emperor Michael VIII Palaeologos in the 13th century. St. Nikephoros settled on Mt. Athos, and became renowned for writing On Watchfulness and the Guarding of the Heart.

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All 3 Tracks: $7.00
Evagrios the Solitary, Texts on Discrimination
Evagrios the Solitary
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Evagrios writes from long experience in this war, and provides concrete guidance to the spiritually thirsting who yearn to conquer their vices and turn their hearts more fully to the Lord. This work is composed of 23 distinct texts, begins with a description of the three demons which constitute the "front line" of spiritual assault, and pushes through them to a fuller demonology that unveils the wiles of the Evil One.

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St. Hesychios the Priest: On Watchfulness and Holiness
St. Hesychios the Priest
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St. Hesychios is a master of the Jesus Prayer, and guides the ascetic practitioner in the process of quieting the heart. This Holy Father holds up the spider as an example for all Christians as it successfully captures and feeds on its prey by practicing stillness. In the same way the Christian struggling to acquire watchfulness can discern the existence of demonic thoughts, apprehend them, and destroy them and the evil spirits behind them by calling upon the Name of Jesus Christ our God.

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All 8 Tracks: $8.00
St. John of Damascus: On the Virtues and the Vices
St. John of Damascus
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This text provides a succinct summary of the spiritual and bodily senses, as well as the virtues of the soul and body, and the corresponding vices. St. John posits a schema to understand the working of the powers of soul and body, and how to conquer each vice with its corresponding virtue. The "golden seal" of this work is the promise that by excising vice and acquiring virtue the human person, fashioned in the image of God, will attain to the likeness of God for which he was originally created. This text builds on the foundational works of Evagrios, St. Mark the Ascetic, St. Maximos and probably also St. John of Sinai.

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St. Mark the Ascetic: No Righteousness by Works
St. Mark the Ascetic
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This classic is the 2nd part of the Saint's most famous work, “On the Spiritual Law”. This collection of 226 potent texts provide practical spiritual guidance on how to cultivate true Christian virtue.

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St. Mark the Ascetic: On the Spiritual Law - 200 Texts
St. Mark the Ascetic
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St. Mark the Ascetic, also known as Mark the Monk or Mark the Hermit, is a remarkable theologian and spiritual counselor. Eleven of his works are extant in the patristic tradition, and three of them were placed in the Philokalia. This work, On the Spiritual Law, was considered a gateway to the spiritual life by St. Symeon the New Theologian. Following the genre of "chapters" established by Evagrius the Solitary, St. Mark writes On the Spiritual Law in 200 brief chapters, designed for memorization. This work, together with its companion piece – “No Righteous by Work” - are St. Mark's most famous works.

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A Discourse on Abba Philimon
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This text, coming from the otherwise unknown Egyptian priest-ascetic Philimon no later than the early seventh century, contains the earliest citation of the Jesus Prayer in what has come to be considered its standard form: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me." This sacred word from the Abba has been cherished by Christians for centuries for is practical guidance on how to raise the heart and mind above the powerful allurements of the fallen world, or in the Abba's words: 'For through unceasing prayer and the study of the divine Scriptures the soul's noetic eyes are opened, and they see the King of the celestial powers, and great joy and fierce longing burn intensely in the soul; and as the flesh, too, is taken up by the Spirit, man becomes wholly spiritual.'

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A Discourse on Abba Philimon: $3.00
On Guarding the Intellect: Twenty-Seven Texts
St. Isaiah the Solitary
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In this brief but penetrating text, which opens the majestic patristic literary collection the Church known as the Philokalia, St. Isaiah the Solitary guides the believer in the effort to purify the mind and heart, sanctify and adhere to the conscience, and learn to pray with watchfulness and without distraction born of passions.

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On Guarding the Intellect: $5.00
Evagrios the Solitary, On Prayer: 153 Texts
Evagrius Ponticus
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He was a disciple of the Cappadocian Fathers, ordained reader by St. Basil the Great and deacon by St. Gregory the Theologian. He became a monk of the Egyptian desert, and is the most prolific author of the Desert Fathers. He exercised a tremendous influence on both Eastern and Western monasticism, and four of his writings were included by the Holy Fathers in the 1st Volume of the Philokalia.

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On the Eight Vices
St. John Cassian
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In this text St. Cassian begins with the most carnal of sins, gluttony, and proceeds to the most spiritual and hideous of all sins, pride. Along the way he unmasks the spirit of fornication, avarice, anger, sadness, acedia, and vainglory. He not only exposes these sins, but provides the believer inspired guidance on how to beat these sins and overcome them in this life. This text in the Philokalia has been cherished by believers for over a millennium.

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On the Eight Vices: $10.00
Four Hundred Texts on Love
St. Maximos the Confessor
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Four Hundred Texts on Love is the most famous of the works of St. Maximos the Confessor. He provides soul nourishment and direction in the imitation of Jesus Christ for both novices and the most experienced believers. This text in the Philokalia has been cherished by believers for over a millennium, and is offered with a special introduction by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Hierarch of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an internationally renowned patristics scholar and Maximologist.

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