Hesychasm - I think the only real difference in this respect between the East and West is its practice. The general idea however, is very prevelant in Charismatic Churches in the West. It says in the Bible that indeed by faith Jesus Himself comes to live in us and so any exploration of Him will ultimately lead us inwards. The idea that we must preform works does not somehow disconnect us from this princle though and is based on Biblical teaching that "Faith without works is dead"
Yet there is much controversy about that concept, and is a major obstacle to reconciliation between the Roman and Greek Churches, since the West has taken a more negative view towards the concept.
The problem I see with it is the fine line it seemingly draws between mysticism and Gnosticism - which taught that salvation is found within oneself.
I personally love the detachment that he promotes and it fits in with the sentiment that we are "In the world but not of it"
That certainly is an important distinction to make. There is a difference between being of the world and being worldly. The former involves a proper appreciation towards the world as a creation of God, while the latter is an idolatrous worship of the world at the expense of the heavenly.
This is why I'm often I'm suspicious of these attempts at "Creation-centered" spirituality. I have one anthology of Hildegard of Bingen's writings, but the introduction tries to paint her as being in the matriarchal tradition of such, as opposed to the patriarchal "anti-Creation" spirituality of say Thomas Kempis.
All I can say is what a complete load of horseshit. :rolli:
Sadly this is all too common these days in regards to the Christian mystical tradition. This is especially true in regards to the issue of Meister Eckhart and others.
I'll certainly be interested in hearing more of yours and Anja's thoughts on these.
I like the way that he makes reserection so personal through imagery.. It seems to me that his time spent alone makes perspective grow larger and so he is able to examine the futility of the cycle of life. His work is so close to the Psalms and to Ecclesastics. I love the idea of the 'bed of worms' it bring us all to a place of humility and makes a reality our own motality brilliant!
... couldn't drag me away
Željko Ražnatovic: argus
Željko Ražnatovic: do you want heir's?
Željko Ražnatovic: to carry your genealogical code??
Interesting that a monastic life would appeal to an E more than myself, an I!
This element of aversion to the worldy disturbs me. There seem to be times to withdraw for spiritual contemplation, but to make it a lifestyle strikes me as selfish.
"No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer