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4; J.E. Bamberger, ‘Introduction’ in Evagrius Ponticus’ The Praktikos & Chapters on Prayer, trans. J.E. Bamberger (Trappist, KY: Cistercian Publications, ). EVAGRIUS PONTICUS PRAKTIKOS / ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΟΣ Prologue, § A Carthusian enters the Grand Chartreuse The Belles Heures of John Duke of Berry, Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos. Chapters on Prayer” (Cistercian Studies, ) Evagrius Ponticus (Author), John Eudes Bamberger.

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Indeed, this 4th-century Desert Father writes for Christians everywhere: Evagrius was emulated by the Desert Elders that proceeded him and he was revered by Christian Mystical and Contemplative tradition.

Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos Chapters On Prayer

Mar 17, Kim rated it it was amazing. This book had a lot of information on Evagrius and the desert monks.

prakrikos Let him observe their intensity, their periods of decline, and follow them as they rise and fall. In this manner we shall…pack them off His approach to the life of silent prayer formed the foundation upon which Contemplative Christianity rested.

It will put aside the passions through the virtues, it will put aside the bare thoughts through contemplation; it will even put aside contemplation itself, when there appears to it that light at the time of prayer which sets in relief the place of God. It is a state thhe the years of self-denial because only when the soul is united to God is it truly where it was created to be.

Routledge,p. Susan Harris rated it it was amazing Dec 20, Become like a skilled businessman, examining everything with an eye to stillness and keeping only such still things as contribute to it… The material world, including worldly relationships and possessions, entrap the aspiring ascetic into a needlessly complicated life.


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He states, … let him keep watch over his thoughts. Ridding the soul of passions is arduous but essential, because if one remains faithful, then the world no longer controls tue passions and the soul abides in apatheia.

Though Evagrius carefully guarded his diet, it is important to note that he still allowed alterations to his regimen based upon his circumstances. Evagrius boldly states that a man afflicted with passions strives in vain for true prayer until evagriuz first rightly orders his soul.

You must learn not to become anxious Then all of a sudden they attack him from this point and ravage the poor fellow. Ignatius Press,p. Evagrius concedes that humans cannot love all men to an equal degree, but apatheia allows for the soul to love all men so that at the very least the passionless monk can live at peace with his fellow man and recognize his intrinsic value as an image of his Maker.

Quotes from Evagrius Ponticus This entry was posted on September 29, at 2: The three parts of the soul form a unit in which no part can be neglected if the mind is to contemplate God in his true, undifferentiated form.

When a monk begins his active pursuit of virtue, demons attack more viciously. It is dragged along and tossed by passion-filled thoughts and cannot stand firm and tranquil. You are no better than pomticus man of affairs engaged in a kind of landscape gardening.

He repeats this theme in a number of his writings. All quotations of this text are from this translation.

In fact, he doubted whether a person could be righteous and a worthy spiritual warrior if his lifestyle allowed for indulgences. I was surprised to find cert This book had a lot of information on Evagrius and the desert monks.


Open Preview See a Problem? One of the most influential theologians in the late fourth-century church, he was well known as a thinker, polished speaker, and gifted writer. The Liturgical Press,pgs. Undistracted prayer is the highest act of the intellect.

While asceticism which produces apatheia allows love to develop fully, it is only through love that a monk can go to knowledge, or gnostike. Vanessa Herbold’leyendecker rated it it was amazing Mar 06, After a time of dedicated asceticism, the soul progresses toward apatheia, the state when the passions no longer trouble the soul and when the ascetic passes on to the next phase of the spiritual life — gnostike.

Hali rated it really liked it Jan 13, Log In Sign Up. It was the plumb line for future generations of monks and hermits.

While these acts were intended to fight specific demons, his daily routine consisted of denial in order to purify himself as well. The most affective parts: You are commenting using your Twitter account. These are strange works to the ears of modern readers, filled with practical experience in prayer and contemplation, deep psychological insight, occasionally odd theology and more than its share of demons in the soup. Evagrius summarizes the process, The mind could not see the place of God in itself, unless it had become loftier than all [concepts] from things.