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In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively conversations with Father Maximos, the widely revered charismatic Orthodox bishop and former abbot of the isolated monastery on Mount Athos. In Gifts of the Desert, Markides continues his examination of Easter Orthodox mystical teachings and practices and captures its living expression through visits to monasteries and hermitages in Greece and America and interviews with contemporary charismatic elders, both male and female. Markides relates his journey and reflections in a captivating style while providing important background material and information on historical events to give readers a highly accessible, in-depth portrait of a tradition little known in the West. Gifts of the Desert will appeal to a wide range of people, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved on Mount Athos since the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the Great Schism that separated the Eastern and Western Churches.

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The highest member of the inner circle then took the sword, and preceded with the ritual initiation of the neophyte into the inner circle of the ancient mysteries. Markides This scene invokes the imagination to think of Freemasonry, fraternal organizations and even Witchcraft.

This is a ritual steeped in the esoteric world of mysteries, but yet it is seemingly Christian! This is the world of Spyros Sathi, the Magus of Strovolos. A man of great spirituality and wisdom. He is known in his region as a great healer, and is highly revered for his gift. Today he coexists with the Christian church who would have most definitely sent the inquisitioner after him in the past.

Although Spyros Sathi is a Christian holy man, is teachings are a swirl of Gnostic Mysticism is a spiritual discipline aiming at a union with the divine through meditation and contemplation. Spyros Sathi, also known as Daskalos, seems to work with all these traditions, especially Gnosticism. Daskalos transcends these boundaries, and uses these traditions as an Daskalos is greatly influenced by the Gnostic-Christian legacy.

His teachings mirror that of the Gnostic gospels. It was Simon Magus who first brought Gnosticism to light in the apostolic era. Pagels xvi-xvii These versions of the canonical gospels are very Gnostic in verse, and it is well known that the New Testament was not complied until CE at the council of Nicaea by bias Catholic priest. Daskalos seems to be teaching those secret teachings of Jesus, which greatly differ from the current popular Christian doctrines.

In a Gnostic writing, Judas was held to be a man far advanced in the gnosis. He always held a stick, chasing people away from Jesus. Peter was envious of Yohannan because of his education. He apparently had an inferiority complex because he was illiterate. I remember that Yahannan would smile and shake his head whenever he would see Peter with the stick in his hand driving people and children away from master. Lynn Pickett and Clive Prince write about the great occult scholar A. He refers to a long-held idea in esoteric circles of a mystical school of Christianity that was founded by John the Evangelist, based on the secret teachings he had been given by Jesus.

This arcane knowledge did nor appear in the outward or exoteric Christianity that came down through the teachings Could Daskalos be of this same school of thought? Daskalos also uses alchemical symbolism in his teachings. He talks about transmuting silver into gold and vice-versa. He seems to be explaining a universal, metaphysical law on personal transformation. He tells a story of someone he knew that heard he was able to make gold.

He wanted Daskalos to transform them into gold. Daskalos got angry and sent him away. More than just simply creating gold out of lead. His point is that he uses the analogy of transforming something into gold as a metaphor for self transformation or enlightenment.

Daskalos, the Magus of Strovolos carried on an age-old tradition of esoteric Christian mysteries, and his teachings are still being taught by faithful followers. His teachings were most likely in the esoteric tradition for a reason. Could it have posed a direct threat to the Catholic and Orthodox Churches? Gnosticism, along with other traditions like alchemy have long been deemed to be heresies to the church. Daskalos carried on this Gnostic message in the esoteric art in order that the truth remained obtainable for those who seek it!

History of Mysticism: The unchanging Testament. Olympia: Atma Books, Gilchrist, Cherry. The Elements of Alchemy. Rockport: Element Books, Inc. The Elements of Gnosticism. Pagels, Elaine. The Gnostic Gospels. The Magus of Strovolos. London: Penguin Books Ltd. New York: Touchstone, The Holy Bible. Revised Standard Version.

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But for us it is as real as electricity and we use it in therapy. The word itself alludes to and recalls a practitioner of the esoteric arts and sciences who is able to bend Nature to his will, or to force Nature into doing his mischievous bidding. In reading the introductory paragraphs my mind was instantly permeated by fantastical images of a Renaissance wizard decked in scintillating white robes, gesticulating wildly as he chanted hermetic prayers in Latin and ancient Greek for the purpose of evoking planetary daemons and entities. I also expected a blatant and unapologetic display of paranormal phenomena. They say first impressions last, and if first impressions are anything to go by then it seemed as though this man was worth all his wordy weight in spiritual gold. I ploughed deeper into the rabbit hole, a full-fledged weltanschauung that he and his faithful students seemed to comprehend and commune with as if it were second nature.

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Sep 08, Superstella rated it really liked it. This is the universal law of balance. At least it once was maus Daskalos was teaching. He sees within the outer, which is fleeting and perishable, an inner which is imperishable and eternal. I saw Myself as the source of Existence! Buy for others August 17, at 5: Daskalos taught and healed with a blend of power, wisdom and love that is rare for this world.

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In his previous book The Mountain of Silence, Markides introduced us to the essential spiritual nature of Eastern Orthodoxy in a series of lively conversations with Father Maximos, the widely revered charismatic Orthodox bishop and former abbot of the isolated monastery on Mount Athos. In Gifts of the Desert, Markides continues his examination of Easter Orthodox mystical teachings and practices and captures its living expression through visits to monasteries and hermitages in Greece and America and interviews with contemporary charismatic elders, both male and female. Markides relates his journey and reflections in a captivating style while providing important background material and information on historical events to give readers a highly accessible, in-depth portrait of a tradition little known in the West. Gifts of the Desert will appeal to a wide range of people, from Christians seeking insights into their religion and its various expressions to scholars interested in learning more about the mystical way of life and wisdom that have been preserved on Mount Athos since the fall of the Byzantine Empire and the Great Schism that separated the Eastern and Western Churches. Perhaps most important, however, is the bridge it offers contemporary readers to a Christian life that is balanced between the worldly and the spiritual.

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