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Hesychasm – Wikipedia

Hesychasm – Wikipedia:

Hesychasm, Greek: ἡσυχασμός, contemporary Byzantine Greek pronunciation: [isixaˈzmos], derives from the GreekHesychia (ἡσυχία, Greek pronunciation: [isiˈçia]), “stillness, rest, quiet, silence”[2] and ἡσυχάζω Greek pronunciation: [isiˈxazo]: “to keep stillness.”

"the practice of inner prayer, aiming at union with God on a level beyond images, concepts and language”, a sense in which the term is found in Evagrius Ponticus (345–99), Maximus the Confessor (c. 580 – 662), and Symeon the New Theologian (949–1022);

From Hinduism to Orthodoxy

From Hinduism to Orthodoxy:

In this episode of Journeys to Orthodoxy, Christy Pessemier interviews Fr. Seraphim Majmudar, who was raised Hindu, converted to Orthodoxy, and is now an Orthodox priest serving at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma, WA.

Fr. Seraphim tells the story of how a trip to India in his youth began to make him question the Hindu faith of his childhood. When he saw the deep poverty, he was drawn to search out answers to why there is suffering and poverty in the world. Eastern religions stress that suffering is an illusion, a belief that Fr. Seraphim could no longer accept.

When eventually confronted with the person of Jesus, Fr. Seraphim came to realize that he had to make a decision about who this Jesus was. He recounts how, when he asked God to give him a sign as to what path he should follow, he found a surprising and glorious response.

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Eastern Orthodox Church – Wikipedia

Eastern Orthodox Church – Wikipedia:

The ultimate goal is theosis – an even closer union with God and closer likeness to God than existed in the Garden of Eden. This process is called Deification or “God became man that man might become ‘god’”. 

However, it must be emphasized that Orthodox Christians do not believe that man becomes God in His essence, or a god in his own nature. 

More accurately, Christ’s salvific work enables man in his human nature to become “partakers of the Divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); that is to say, man is united to God in Christ.

God became man so that man could become God.

God became man so that man could become God.

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For now on, this will be a blog dedicated to Eastern Orthodox mysticism, and its similarities with Hinduism and Buddhism. Unlike the West, the Eastern Church retained its ancient mystical tradition.

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The Christ: Your Real Self

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What Jesus and the Buddha share in common is they both awakened to the divine potential within all beings:

The Christ: Your Real Self

“Christ” is not Jesus’ last name. Jesus was able to reveal so completely his Christ Self—his God nature—that he was called Jesus Christ. But actually Christ is as much your real name too.

The word Christ comes from the Greek word Christos, meaning “the anointed.” “Christ” is a title reserved for anyone who becomes aware of and fully realizes the depths of his or her divine possibilities, as Jesus did.

Christ is God individualized in each of us. The Christ is not a person. Jesus is the person. The Christ refers to the spiritual aspect of him—and of you and of all people. Jesus and the Christ—there is a difference.

Siddhartha Gautama was called Buddha (the Enlightened One), but “the Enlightened One” was not his last name. It was a description. Jesus is called “the Christ” or “Jesus Christ,” but Christ is not his last name. It is a description.

Jesus was the man who discovered and expressed his divinity and became known as Jesus Christ. … Since we were created with the exact same potential as Jesus, we, too, can discover and express our divinity. We, too, can become “the Christ.” The more you ponder this statement, the more awesome it becomes. Allow the impact of its meaning to filter down into your soul, where it can do its work.
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Buddhism teaches that all beings have Buddha-nature, the inner potential for enlightenment. This is the same, from an ultimate perspective, as saying that we are all the Christ-nature waiting to be born in the world. Let it be so. 

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Buddhism teaches that all beings have Buddha-nature, the inner potential for enlightenment. This is the same, from an ultimate perspective, as saying that we are all the Christ-nature waiting to be born in the world. Let it be so.