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Monasticism
 

How God Can Be Cognized/Monasticism


Monasticism

True monasticism is a state of the soul, not body. The life in the state of a monk is not monotonous, boring and dull. No! It is filled with the joy of cognizing God and serving Him!

Monasticism is happiness! The monk loves and is beloved! The life of a monk is the unceasing aspiration to merge with the Beloved. And, having merged, he or she lives in tender peace.

A monk is not removed from the outside world. But he or she, if already has traversed a significant part of the Path, brings by himself or herself the Creator’s Love for people, connecting — by the spiritual heart — His Abode with the material world.

A monk helps people not as “religious” duties and not because of the status of a monk — but by the great love for the Creator and His children.

... At the very beginning of my acquaintance with Vladimir, he asked me:

“Did you read the chapter on monastic life from the book ‘How God Can Be Cognized’?”

“Of course, I read!” — I replied.

“How do you feel about that?”

I stopped, thought, and answered:

“I wanted exactly this — for a long time!”

... And it is now fulfilled. But I also understand how much remains to be done...

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