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What Is Hesychasm?

Hesychasts

They went to woods and mountains,

Leaving the life of worldly vanity.

They sought neither rest, nor glory,

But life for God and death on the cross…

 

A coffin was often a bed for them:

To remember that death is unavoidable end…

So that love may become the voice of the heart,

Calm and meekness — wreath for work…

 

They sought neither fame, nor gold,

Nor perpetuating the memory of them…

But life with “Jesus prayer”,

His Love and quietness in the hearts…

 

They were accused of being seduced by devil,

For… hearing the voice of God,

They were burnt in the Middle Ages,

But they brought faith and love for us…

 

Anna Zubkova,
j
une 2004

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The term hesychasm originates from the Greek word hesychiainner quietness.

Without this inner quietness, meditation is not possible. And meditation — after the stage of learning and encompassing the ethical principles of life suggested for us by God — is the basis of further development of the consciousness on the spiritual Path.

It is the striving to achieve hesychia and to advance then to cognition of God that formed this direction of the “Christian raja yoga” known as Hesychasm.

The most important feature and the highest value of this direction consisted in the fact that Hesychasts from the very beginning accepted the correct guiding line — realization of the Jesus Christ’s directions that one can develop love in oneself only through work with the spiritual heart.

In particular, they discovered that if one moves the concentration of the consciousness from the head into the spiritual heart, it stops the “inner dialog”, which prevented the meditation. And at full success — i.e. when the consciousness is fully placed in the spiritual heart, one — all of a sudden! — can understand on own experience (i.e. empirically) what Jesus meant by speaking about the spiritual love! The life of such people changed and they could really love each other and everything around with truly Christian love: “as they love themselves” and even more, than themselves!

And with further development of the spiritual heart, they got the ability to fall in love with God.

God supported them in this, providing them with the possibility to experience Him as Love. It resulted — at the end — in Merging of the two loving in the Embrace of Love.

Seeking the ways of development of the spiritual heart, Hesychasts invented the method called “Jesus prayer”. Its formulas may be different: from “Jesus Christ, the Son of God, have a mercy on me!” to the most simple and perfect version: simply an appeal-entreaty to beloved Jesus to enter into my spiritual heart with the humble repetition of His name: “Jesus! Jesus!…”

… But in later time, very few were able to achieve positive fruits from using the “Jesus prayer”. Many people even believed that “its secrets were lost”…

But this is not true: in reality, mass of “believers” lost the Christianity in general — with the refusal by them of the ethics given by Christ. And this resulted in failure to form — up to the last years — a comprehensive and scientifically correct approach to human spiritual development. In other words, there was not such scientific-religious direction until now, which has been created by us and called the Methodology of Spiritual Development.

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“How to gain the Wisdom? Through calmness of the mind immersed into your spiritual heart filled with the Creator.

“In this state, every thought becomes clear. And every thought here is Mine. It is clean from the human ego.

“Learn — at silence of the mind — contemplate Me by the purity of the heart! Learn to live in this contemplation!

“This is how I become the Basis of all your actions.

“This is how you can learn the state which allows one to act being in Mergence with Me.

“I understand how difficult this task is… However, you learned to walk, to speak… — it was human childhood. Now — it is ‘childhood’ of the other level of being: learn to think, to walk, to speak — being Me!

“Do not be afraid of falling: I am infinite in the Depth under everything! If you ‘fall’ — then ‘fall’ into My Embrace and stand up as Me!

“Learn to live from My CALM and My LOVE! Learn to act in the state of Mergence!

“You have to carry the field of Calm around your body — the field of tenderness, love, harmony.

“My Sun! Learn to shine with My Love!”

Your God

(Written down by Anna Zubkova

in May 2002)

 

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