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He was concerned that people living in the world would not have the adequate supervision and guidance of the startsy in the monastery, nor would they have the support of the liturgical life of the monks.
He was finally persuaded by the Metropolitan of St. Brianchanivov expressed the same concerns in his work, warning his readers that regular practice of the Jesus Prayer, without adequate guidance, could potentially cause spiritual delusion and pride, even among monks.
Velichkovsky's translation was the first to become widely read by the public, away from the monasteries—helped by the popularity of The Way of a Pilgrim, and the public influence of the startsy at Optina Monastery known as the Optina Elders.
Two Russian language translations appeared in the 19th century, one by Ignatius Brianchaninov (1857), and Theophan the Recluse's Dobrotolubiye (1877).
Her parents, though much engaged in worldly pursuits, had a religious disposition and had promised the child to the service of God.
At the age of eight she was placed under the care of Jutta, sister of Count Meginhard, who lived as a recluse on the Disenberg (or Disibodenberg, Mount of St. Here also Hildegard was given but little instruction since she was much afflicted with sickness, being frequently scarcely able to walk and often deprived even of the use of her eyes. Jutta died in 1136, and Hildegard was appointed superior.
The early biographers give the first names of her parents as Hildebert and Mechtildis (or Mathilda), speak of their nobility and riches, but give no particulars of their lives. Her father was a soldier in the service of Meginhard, Count of Spanheim.
Other works on monastic spirituality have also used the same title over the years. Athos, a mountainous peninsula in northern Greece, historically considered the geographical center of Orthodox spirituality and home to twenty monasteries.She was taught to read and sing the Latin psalms, sufficient for the chanting of the Divine Office, but never learned to write. Numbers of aspirants flocked to the community and she decided to go to another locality, impelled also, as she says, by a Divine command.She chose Rupertsberg near Bingen on the left bank of the Rhine, about fifteen miles from Disenberg.The first partial English and French translations in the 1950s were an indirect result of the Bolshevik revolution, which brought many Russian intellectuals into Western Europe. A more complete English translation, from the original Greek, began in 1979 with a collaboration between G. In addition to the original Greek text, Stăniloae added "lengthy original footnotes of his own" as well as substantially expanding the coverage of texts by Maximus the Confessor, Symeon the New Theologian, and Gregory Palamas. Writings by the Trappist monk Thomas Merton on hesychasm also helped spread the popularity of the Philokalia, along with the indirect influence of J. Salinger's Franny and Zooey, which featured The Way of a Pilgrim as a main plot element.or more fully The Philokalia of the Neptic Saints gathered from our Holy Theophoric Father, through which, by means of the philosophy of ascetic practice and contemplation, the intellect is purified, illumined, and made perfect.