Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Ten Definitions of Saint Diadochos of Photiki

The following ten definitions are

The Horoi (Definitions)

By St. Diadochos of Photiki

1. Faith: dispassionate understanding of God.

2. Hope: the flight of the nous in love towards that for which it hopes.

3. Patience: with the noetic eyes always to see the Invisible as visible, having unceasing perseverance.

4. Freedom from avarice: to desire not to have possessions with the same fervor as men generally desire to have possessions.

5. Knowledge: to lose awareness of oneself through going out to God in ecstasy.

6. Humility: attentive forgetfulness of what one has accomplished.

7. Freedom from anger: a real longing not to lose one's temper.

8. Purity: the perpetual sense of being united with God.

9. Love: growing affection for those who abuse us.

10. Total transformation: through delight in God, to look on the repulsiveness of death as a joy.

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