Fr. Simeon de la Jara from Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece







Fr. Simeon de la Jara from Peru:

On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece


When Miguel Angel de la Jara Higgingson was seven, his mother had a vision. She sensed that her son would some day leave her for a “far away place, like an island, there where people of solitude lived who pray all the time and rarely step out into the world”. Even she, however, could probably not have imagined just how far from his native Peru, both physically and spiritually, his life’s search would take him.

Now he is Father Simeon the hermit, an Orthodox Christian monk of Eastern Orthodox Church who lives on Mount Athos, a self-administrating, all-male monastic community on the Athos peninsula – the eastern most of three jutting peninsulas in the northern Greek prefecture of Halkidiki in Greece.

However, it’s not just his Peruvian origins that make Father Simeon such a well-known figure among visitors to Mount Athos; it’s also his radiant presence as an artist, poet and Continue reading “Fr. Simeon de la Jara from Peru: On a righteous path from Peru to Mount Athos, Greece”


Η πλάνη της vinyasa yoga αποτελεί εμπόδιο στην εν Χριστώ ζωή


Η πλάνη της vinyasa yoga αποτελεί εμπόδιο στην εν Χριστώ ζωή

Του Β. Χαραλάμπους, Θεολόγου

Η ονομασία vinyasa είναι σανσκρητικής προέλευσης και δηλώνει ένα είδος (στυλ) γιόγκα, όπως επίσης και η ονομασία γιόγκα έλκει την καταγωγή της από τη σανσκρητική λέξη yuj που σημαίνει ένωση. Παρενθετικά μα αναφέρομε ότι σανσκριτική είναι η κατ’ εξοχή ομιλούμενη γλώσσα της Ινδίας.

Η λέξη vinyasa δηλώνει τοποθέτηση με ειδικό τρόπο, κατά την εφαρμογή της γιόγκα.. Βασικά η λέξη vinyasa είναι σύνθετη και προέρχεται από το vi που σημαίνει με ένα ειδικό τρόπο και από το nyasa που θα πει να το τοποθετήσει. Ο όρος vinyasa επιδέχεται και αλλες ερμηνευτικές έννοιες, όπως για παράδειγμα τον τρόπο της αναπνοής συνδεδεμένο με συγκεκριμένη κίνηση. Αυτό το φαινόμενο της πολυσημίας παρατηρείται και σε άλλες σανσκρητικές λέξεις.

Αντιλαμβανόμαστε απλά ότι πρόκειται για ένα άλλο ‘’στυλ’’ της γιόγκα.

Στην τεχνική της πλάνης αυτής της vinyasa yoga, ομιλούν για εναρμόνιση σώματος και πνεύματος, με τελικό σκοπό τη πλάνη του διαλογισμού. Οι πλάνες αυτές είναι απότοκες προγενεστέρων ινδουϊστικών πλανών. Το αλληλένδετο του διαλογισμού της vinyasa yoga με τον ινδουϊστικό διαλογισμό, καταδεικνύει και την επικινδυνότητά της για την εν Χριστώ ζωή.

Συγγραφέας του σχετικού βιβλίου της vinyasa yoga είναι ο Srivasta Ramaswami μαθητής του γκουρού Krishnamacharya. Η υποσχόμενη ‘’νοητική’’ ηρεμία χωρίς Θεό, γαλήνη χωρίς Θεό, ψυχική ισορροπία χωρίς Θεό κλπ, στο διαλογισμό αυτό έχει ως επακόλουθο να λησμονήσει, ο ασχολούμενος με την πλάνη γιόγκα, τον δοτήρα της πραγματικής ειρήνης Κύριο ημών Ιησού Χριστό. Ο Χριστιανός δεν πρέπει να Continue reading “Η πλάνη της vinyasa yoga αποτελεί εμπόδιο στην εν Χριστώ ζωή”

Video: Esoterik Yoga östliche Religion, dämonen, Götter Heil oder Unheil? – Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German



Esoterik Yoga östliche Religion, dämonen, Götter Heil oder Unheil?

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland


Esoterik, Yoga, Buddhismus, östl. Mystik, Übersinnliches, Heilsangebote: etwa jeden Monat ein Neues!

“Zeit meines Lebens habe ich gelernt , Theorie, Theologien und allen -ismen gründlichst zu misstrauen.

Mit geschickten Worten und etwas Erfahrung in Psychologie kann man jeden Menschen alles andrehen. Wo war der Guru, der seine Lehre lebt? Die wirklichen Motive waren Sex, Macht oder Geld”.’

Herzlose Erbarmungslosigkeit’, ‘gnaden’ -lose Egozentrik lassen uns in die Falle eines Ersatz-Lebens, einer ‘viritual reality’laufen. Wer will schon glauben, dass Yoga eine einbahnstrasse in die Selbstvernichtung ist?

Die Fata Morgana sind wir selbst, solange wir von Gott getrennt sind.

What is yoga? What is kundalini energy? – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, USA


What is yoga? What is kundalini energy?

By Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, USA



The literal meaning of yoga is ‘yoke.’ It means tying your will to the serpent kundalini and raising it to Shiva and experiencing your ‘true’ self. All paths of yoga are interconnected like branches of a tree. A tree with roots descending into the same areas of the spiritual world. This is evident in the ancient books the Bhagavad Gita and the Yogic Sutras of Patanjali. I learned that the ultimate goal of yoga is to awaken the kundalini energy coiled at the base of the spine in the image of a serpent so that it brings you to a state whereby you realize Tat Tvam Asi.[8]

Of course, yoga may facilitate exceptional experiences of body and mind. But so does the ingestion of mind-altering drugs, and flavorless, imperceptible poisons. Through yoga, little by little, one is harnessing shakti, which yogis refer to as the Divine Mother, the ‘dark goddess’ connected with other major Hindu gods. This energy isn’t the Holy Spirit, and This isn’t aerobics or gymnastics. Attached to this entire system are bhajans and kirtans – pagan equivalents to Orthodox Christian akathists, but for Hindu gods – as well as mantras, which are ‘sacred’ formulas, like calling cards or phone numbers, to the various pagan gurus and gods.

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[8] Sanskrit for “Thou art that” appearing in the Upanishads and subsequent yogic and Vedic texts. The phrase means the practitioner is identical with the Ultimate Reality, or with a god, or God.

Video: Η μεταστροφή μιας πρώην δασκάλας Γιόγκα στην Ορθόδοξη Πίστη


Η μεταστροφή μιας πρώην δασκάλας Γιόγκα στην Ορθόδοξη Πίστη

Hidden fire: Orthodox perspectives on Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani


Hidden fire: Orthodox perspectives on Yoga

By Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani



Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?

2 Corinthians 6:14–18

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I was raised Roman Catholic. I loved prayer. Walks through woods, playing in creeks, running through the vast fields of the imagination. These were like prayer for me: the silence, the stillness, the hesychia children find themselves in almost by nature. I didn’t always stay in this prayerful place. But I recognized it. And I took it for granted, as a simple activity within the heart.

We all experience this to varying degrees. We use different words—or none at all, because they all seem so inadequate—to express the heart’s movement toward God. It seems when we are innocent in heart, especially when we are very young, there is a tangible perception of two in these experiences. Lover and Beloved. The Someone Else. As I child, I didn’t articulate this Presence as Christ—just as I never articulated my parents by their names. I just knew them.

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As a high school student—my grandparents put me through an all-boy Roman Catholic high school—I wanted to be a Trappist monk. I attended services regularly and read the Bible often. Scripture really is like a door. You can enter through it and the Holy Spirit takes you places without ever really lifting your shoes off the ground. But I knew there was something more. A difference between reading about the experiences and the experience Himself.

Dr. Harry Boosalis writes in Holy Tradition: “We are not called simply to ‘follow’ Tradition or ‘mimic’ Tradition. We are called to experience it…just as the Saints have and continue to do.” We know something is missing in the world around us. Some richness, some depth we are vaguely aware of and long after. This is, of course, the richness of God’s love, light, and grace. But, at that time of my life, I didn’t have the language to express this. Like so many, I attributed this dissatisfaction, this unease, to other things.

Then a psychology professor in high school guided my class through self-hypnosis. My intrigue with meditation followed quickly thereafter. I felt relaxed. I let my guard down to new experiences. I felt as if the back door of my heart opened permanently. I rejected God ‘to go it alone on my own.’ I experienced, very clearly, a light switching off inside me. The Presence, the Continue reading “Hidden fire: Orthodox perspectives on Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani”