Elder Joseph the Hesychast (Greek)

Elder Joseph the Hesychast (Greek)

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Ο Γέροντας Ιωσήφ ο Ησυχαστής

του π. Γεωργίου Τριαντάφυλλου

Ἡ σειρὰ ποὺ παρατίθενται ἐδῶ τὰ δύο κείμενα εἶναι ἀντίθετη ἀπὸ αὐτὴν μὲ τὴν ὁποία ἐκφωνήθηκαν. Η πρώτη εἰσήγηση εἶναι μιὰ προσπάθεια σύντομης καταγραφῆς τῆς πορείας του π. Ἰωσήφ ἀπὸ τὸ μέρος ποὺ γεννήθηκε στὸν τόπο ὅπου ἀναγεννήθηκε ἐν Χρήστῳ καὶ ἐτελείωσε τὸν βίο του θεοφιλῶς καὶ θεαρέστως. Ἡ δεύτερη εἶναι μία σταχυολόγηση τῶν συμβουλῶν του μέσα ἀπὸ τὶς ἐπιστολές του, ποὺ ἔχουν δεῖ τὸ φῶς τῆς δημοσιότητας, καὶ οἱ συμβουλές του αὐτές ἀναφέρονται στοὺς πειρασμούς καὶ στὸν τρόπο ἀντιμετώπισής τους.

Ἔκρινα ἀναγκαῖο νὰ παρατεθοῦν καὶ μερικά κεφάλαια ποὺ θὰ βοηθήσουν νὰ κατανοηθεῖ περισσότερο ἡ παρουσία τοῦ Γέροντος Ἰωσήφ μέσα στὸν Ὀρθόδοξο Μοναχισμό καὶ μάλιστα στὴν πιὸ αὐθεντική του ἔκφραση.

Τὰ κεφάλαια αὐτὰ ἀφοροῦν τὸν Ὀρθόδοξο Ἡσυχασμό, τὴν νοερὰ προσευχὴ καὶ κάποια ἐπὶ πλέον στοιχεῖα γιὰ τὴν ὑπομονή, ἀφοῦ μὲ τὴν ἀρετὴ αὐτὴ ἀπασχολεῖται περισσότερο ὁ π. Ἰωσήφ στὰ σχετικὰ μὲ τοὺς πειρασμούς.
- Ἀπὸ τὰ εἰσαγωγικὰ τοῦ π. Γεωργίου Τριανταφύλλου

The two texts presented here are in the reverse of the order in which they were spoken. The first is an attempt to briefly record Father Joseph’s course from the place where he was born to the place where he was reborn in Christ and ended his life in a manner pleasing to God. The second is a sampling of his advice on temptations and how to deal with them drawn from his published letters.

I considered it necessary to include some chapters that will help the reader to better understand the place of Elder Joseph in Orthodox monasticism in its most authentic expression. These chapters deal with Orthodox hesychasm and noetic prayer, and also patience, since Father Joseph puts particular emphasis on this virtue in his writings concerning temptations.

- From the introductory remarks of Father Georgios Triantafyllos