July 12, 2022

The Difference Between Reason and the Nous According to Saint Paisios the Athonite

By Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos

I once asked the late Father Paisios what is the difference between reason and the nous and he answered me with an amazing example.

He told me that the senses are very "large", they are like the grapes that we press and the must that is created; reason is like the wine that comes out of the must and the nous is much finer and is like distilled wine such as tsipouro.

This means that the saints who know the two energies, rational and noetic, have empirical knowledge of what they are and how they work.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.