Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) monk, archbishop and theologian was a major figure in fourteenth-century Orthodox Byzantium. This, his greatest work, presents a defense in support of the monastic groups known as the "hesychasts," the originators of the Jesus Prayer.
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Page 16 - ... breathe our breath in and out, only because of our heart ... so, as I have said, sit down, recollect your mind, draw it — I am speaking of your mind — in your nostrils; that is the path the breath takes to reach the heart. Drive it, force it to go down to your heart with the air you are breathing in. When it is there, you will see the joy that follows: you will have nothing to regret. As a man who has been away from home for a long time cannot restrain his joy at seeing his wife and children...
Page 32 - It, too, will attain to that light and will become worthy of a supernatural vision of God, not seeing the divine essence, but seeing God by a revelation appropriate and analogous to Him. One sees, not in a negative way — for one does see something — but in a manner superior to negation. For God is not only beyond knowledge, but also beyond unknowing...