The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA


The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga

By Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani,

Alaska, USA


The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga


I’m reminded of pilgrims at the Himalayan foothills seeking passage around the icy mouth of the Ganges River. Among these hikers were two very different men, one an intelligent geologist and the other a simple backpacker.

The geologist put every trust in his mind.

As he told others, “I know all there is about the composition of mountains and valleys. I know how they’re formed and why they’re here. Look, I understand everything and really don’t need backcountry camping lessons, nor do I have time to get in shape for this journey.”

So, he left unprepared, but very confident for the hard journey ahead.

Meanwhile, the simple backpacker didn’t count on his intelligence alone. Rather, he worked out every day, getting his body into good health, also while getting to know the locals who passed through these mountains. He learned where to find shelter, what places and people to avoid, and knew precisely where he was going. He was very humble about this undertaking.

At the first snowstorm the first man panicked. He forgot all about geology and his journey grew difficult and painful. The simpler man, however, brought to mind what he learned from those before him, drawing on ancient wisdom and, remembering his maps, actually wound around these mountains with much effort but safely.

One man arrived from his journey to new land.

The proud man was never found.

The secret closet, man’s heart, is the starting place where we embark on this journey. It is concealed by many thorns and bushes, within the folds of our passions, thoughts and ego. Our life, then, may seem a Russian nesting doll. When Christ comes like a gardener, we may not recognize Him. Sometimes it is only when we don’t experience Him, though, that like the Prodigal Son we remember His bread and turn to face Him, which is what repentance is all about.

When we taste life apart from Him, which is not truly life but pigs and husks, we experience a foretaste of hell. This often has profound effects upon a Continue reading “The Uncreated Map: Christ as the Light of Yoga – Fr. Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”


Το θαύμα της μεταστροφής μου: Πώς πέρασα από την πλάνη της yoga στην Ορθοδοξία!


Το θαύμα της μεταστροφής μου:

Πώς πέρασα από την πλάνη της Yoga στην Ορθοδοξία!

Στα 22 μου χρόνια άρχισε η πνευματική μου αναζήτηση. Μεγαλωμένη σε θρησκευτική οικογένεια και σηκώνοντας έναν προσωπικό σταυρό βρήκα μία φαινομενική διέξοδο στη yoga. Μόδα, γυμναστική, ευεξία…

Ένα δελεαστικό πακέτο πολύ καλά τυλιγμένο με φανταχτερά χρώματα. Με τράβηξε σαν μαγνήτης και χωρίς να έχω πλήρη έλεγχο της ζωής μου βρέθηκα να διδάσκω yoga. Ξεκίνησε η πλάνη πως οδεύω στον σωστό δρόμο που από μικρή πίστευα και ήθελα, στον ένα και μοναδικό τριαδικό Θεό. Άρχισα να ψάχνω απαντήσεις, να γνωρίζω πλανημένους ανθρώπους προσπαθώντας να γεμίζω τα κενά που όλο και μεγάλωναν. Καμία απάντηση και η πλάνη μεγάλωνε…

Ακολούθησε ταξίδι στην Ινδία ζώντας την απόλυτη “ύπνωση” και το ρέικι μπήκε στην ζωή μου. Δεν μπορούσα να συνειδητοποιήσω τι είχε συμβεί. Ένας φύλακας άγγελος με βοήθησε να επιστρέψω στην Ελλάδα. Σταμάτησα για προσωπικούς λόγους τα πάντα και έφυγα εκτός Αθηνών.

Μέχρι που ήρθε ένα βιβλίο στα χέρια μου: “Οι γκουρού, ο νέος και ο Γέροντας Παΐσιος”.

Το διάβασα σε μία μέρα και πήρα όλες τις απαντήσεις. Ένιωσα ότι κοιμόμουν και ξαφνικά ξύπνησα. Ξεκαθάρισαν όλα στο μυαλό μου συνειδητοποιώντας πως:

Δεν είναι απλά μία αίρεση η yoga και όλα τα εναλλακτικά που κυκλοφορούν. Είναι δαιμόνια που τους ανοίγεις την πόρτα και σου καταστρέφουν την ζωή.

Φόρεσα τον σταυρό μου, άρχισα να προσεύχομαι και να πηγαίνω στην εκκλησία, να κάνω μετάνοιες, να εξομολογούμαι και μετά από έναν πολύ δύσκολο πνευματικό πόλεμο βρέθηκα στα χέρια του Θεού αφήνοντας όλη μου την ζωή σ’ Εκείνον.

Ο Άγιος Παΐσιος έκανε το θαύμα του και με βοήθησε να αναγεννηθώ από τις στάχτες μου.

Σήμερα στα 31 μου χρόνια προσπαθώ να δίνω τον πνευματικό μου αγώνα με την βοήθεια του Θεού ακολουθώντας πιστά μία από τις συμβουλές του πνευματικού μου:

“Ακούμπησε την ζωή σου στα χέρια του Θεού και της Παναγίας”.



Ελληνική Ναυς – Ορθόδοξη Πλεύση

Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy


Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy

Aviv Saliu-Diallo, Pierre Haab

Fr. Pierre Haab, a Swiss former Roman Catholic who was disappointed with his religion and was carried away by Buddhism, Hinduism and other screamingly “fashionable” Eastern teachings and who is now a subdeacon of the Orthodox Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Cross in Geneva, speaks about his conversion to Orthodoxy.

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—Can you tell us a few words about your family, education and the story of your conversion to the Orthodox faith?

I was born in an under-developed, impoverished, hungry country where the sky is permanently overcast with dark clouds—of course, in the spiritual sense. I am speaking of Switzerland, and especially of the city of Geneva—the center of world freemasonry and finances, the stronghold of obscurantist heresy, and a materialistic megalopolis that is enjoying the lulling, stable comfort that easily protects it from the numerous everyday tragedies of humanity.

My parents raised me in the Roman Catholic faith that they had inherited from their ancestors, for which I am extremely grateful to them; they implanted the fundamentals of Christian Revelation in me from childhood—namely faith in God, the doctrine and the necessity of prayer.

We were a practicing Catholic family. We attended Mass on Sundays and major Church feasts, and prayer was a part of our daily life (at least it was so for the first ten years of my childhood). My father, a journalist, devoted his professional life to the protection of the oppressed and justice. As far as my parents are concerned, they did their best to provide the continuity of religious education in our family.

As for the Church, though in my case the more precise name was “Papism”, the situation was different. As a child (in the 1950s) I felt comfortable in that religious environment; for example, I had no problem with prayers in Latin. Although for me faith was “the faith in obedience,” I used to ask many questions, and the adults—my parents and priests—were unable to answer them. And if they did answer me, they did it with a smile and condescendingly, thinking that I was trying to get to the core of the matter too seriously. They gave me to understand that performing the morally required duties was enough for me. And I decided that I would get the answers to my questions later through my independent, in-depth research and analysis of the primary sources, where the morals come from. Judging by my childhood memories, I always had a thirst for truth.

So I was waiting for some changes, when, at the very dawn of my youth, a crucial event happened in the West—a real revolution in Papism (which is still going on today). I mean the Second Vatican Council of 1962. Over a short span of several months (or, in some cases, two to three years) a whole set of rules which had been shaped in the living daily reality of Western Christianity formany centuries, were abolished, declared invalid and obsolete and even partly prohibited; in the twinkling of an eye this heritage was declared the lifeless and dusty relics of archeology. For example, thenceforth during the Mass the officiating priest and the altar were “turned around” and must face toward the congregation; the use of Latin—the centuries-old language of Western liturgies—was banned; the Sunday Mass was moved to Saturday evening—in order to give believers the opportunity to go skiing or sleep more on Sunday morning; the cassock (or soutane)—a non-liturgical garment traditionally worn by Catholic clergy—was declared “unnecessary”; all fasts (the Eucharistic fast, Lent and fasting on Fridays) were abolished; the Continue reading “Fr. Pierre Haab, Switzerland: His long journey from Roman Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism to Orthodoxy”

Video: La svolta, storie di conversione al Cristianesimo – Tatiana Goritcheva ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Italian


La svolta, storie di conversione al Cristianesimo

Tatiana Goritcheva

What is Yoga? – Jeremy Butler

What is Yoga?

by Jeremy Butler

Yoga is a practice that has become very popular in the United States. According to a 2008 study, there are 15.8 million Americans who practice Yoga. Before we can answer whether Christian’s should practice yoga or not, we need to define what Yoga is.

Yoga is a practice found in all sects of Hinduism. There are different types of yoga, but all are touted as a means to achieve unity with the divine and thus to earn salvation. There are several practices within Yoga. These include, but are not limited to meditation, repetition of sacred sounds or syllables (typically “Ohm”), breathing techniques, acrobatic exercises, and positioning one’s body in difficult postures.

Meditation is central to all forms of Yoga. Meditation helps its practitioners to be able to find release from the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. “Yoga is a method of spiritual training whose purpose is to integrate or unite the self. A physical exercise, its goal is nonphysical-uniting with God. Yoga teaches that people should attempt to yoke the individual spirit to God, to atman – the individual soul or essence of a person – and to Brahman”. So we see that Yoga is essentially physical exercises in which one tries to attain unity with the universal divine essence of Hindu theology.

Θάνατος σε Spa και οι κίνδυνοι από ψευδοεπιστημονικές “θεραπείες” Hot Yoga



Θάνατος σε Spa & οι κίνδυνοι

από ψευδοεπιστημονικές “θεραπείες” Hot Yoga

Κατά τη διάρκεια «πνευματικής» θεραπείας (spiritual treatment) μια ζεστή καλοκαιρινή μέρα, άλειψαν με λάσπη τη Lavigne, την τύλιξαν σε αρκετές στρώσεις σελοφάν και φόρεσαν ένα χάρτινο κουτί στο κεφάλι της για εννέα ώρες.

Τρία άτομα που εργάζονταν σε Spa στο Quebec του Καναδά, καταδικάστηκαν σε φυλάκιση με την κατηγορία ότι συνέβαλαν στο θάνατο της Chantal Lavigne.

Φυσικά, δεν εκπλήσσει το γεγονός ότι η όλη διαδικασία της προκάλεσε αφυδάτωση. Η κατάστασή της ήταν τόσο σοβαρή, ώστε χρειάστηκε να διακομισθεί εσπευσμένα στο νοσοκομείο, όπου υπέκυψε λίγο αργότερα λόγω ανεπαρκούς λειτουργίας ζωτικών οργάνων.

Στους τρεις εργαζόμενους στο Spa επιβλήθηκε ποινή κάθειρξης 2-3 ετών, η οποία χαρακτηρίστηκε ως πολύ ελαφριά. Δεν είναι η πρώτη φορά που παρουσιάζεται αυτό το φαινόμενο.

Το 2011, ο James Ray, ένας αυτο-αποκαλούμενος γκουρού, καταδικάστηκε σε δυο χρόνια κάθειρξης με την κατηγορία της ανθρωποκτονίας εξ αμελείας, ύστερα από το θάνατο τριών ανθρώπων από θερμοπληξία κατά τη διάρκεια «τελετουργικού πνευματικής αναγέννησης».

Ο κίνδυνος σ’ αυτές τις περιπτώσεις δεν είναι εμφανής. Οι περισσότεροι διερωτούνται «και που είναι το πρόβλημα;». Είναι σημαντικό να γίνεται συχνή ενημέρωση για τους Continue reading “Θάνατος σε Spa και οι κίνδυνοι από ψευδοεπιστημονικές “θεραπείες” Hot Yoga”

The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA


The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas

By Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA

Printed in Issue 24 – Death to the World




I’m an Orthodox Christian living in Homer, Alaska and experienced Jesus Christ in the Himalayas, in India.

I listen to the heartbeat of rain outside…

Cold, Alaskan fog blowing in off the bay, emerald hills now that autumn is here and summer chased away into the mountains. But a milky white fog spreads over the bay like a silken ghost. I used to visit Trappist monasteries, back when I was Catholic, at the beginning of high school, and searching for a relationship of love. I read plenty of philosophy then to know that knowing isn’t enough, that having a realization in the mind is entirely different from experiencing a revelation of the heart.

I spent two birthdays in the Himalayas…

Traveling along gravel roads that drop deep into icy gulches where the Ganges river rages below not yet packed with the filth and mud and newspapers of villages, not yet carrying remainders of Indians in her current, I found Christ found me. It’s a difficult and strangely compelling atmosphere to confront oneself, – – India, – – sandwiched with black corpses, white snow, pagan fires and virulent animals.

I took a bus north from Delhi. It was crowded, tight and cramped, flies buzzed between my face and the windows smeared with brown slime. It’s so Continue reading “The Impossibility of Aloneness: When Christ Found Me in the Himalayas – Joseph Magnus Frangipani, Alaska, USA”