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Posted September 26, 2002
It is a pity that this book will likely be read mostly by Christians. The people who would benefit the most from it are those who seek glorious experiences and visions, and think that having such things means they are making progress in their mystical quest. The Staretz was a true mystic, and this slim volume contains all one needs to know about mysticism, although it is clearly written from the Christian perspective. If you read carefully you may understand the meaning of humility and you may know why glorious visions and peak experiences are at best a footnote rather than the central aim of your quest. You will know why the result rather than the content of the peak experience is what matters. You can also learn what it means to be a "person of the heart", as Rumi said, and why the education of emotions is even more critical than the education of the mind if you do not want to remain "like a donkey stuck in the mud". Those of an agnostic bent may find the religious teminology alienating. But if they manage to go beyond the words and recreate the experience they may realize the enormous benefit to be gained from this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.