Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Poustinia

POUSTINIA

Poustinia stands for prayer, penance, mortification, solitude, silence, offered in the spirit of love, atonement, and reparation to God. Poustinia is a Russian word meaning “Desert.” In many places it is a small out of the way place where a hermit prays, or people can stop by and meditate, like a prayer and meditation chapel at a church or hospital.


A poustinia is a place where you go to meet Christ in joyful solitude.

There is nothing to fear, for Christ is perfect love and perfect love casts out fear.

The poustinia is a prayer house which you enter to be alone with God, for the length of time approved.

The only book you should read is the Bible.

The poustinia is a place not only of a rendezvous with Christ, not only a time for solitude and silence, but also a time of penance, for when you lift your heart to the Lord in prayer you should, in a manner of speaking, lift both spiritual arms of penance and prayer, like Moses on the mountain.

Don’t get excited about it. Above all, be at peace, because you enter into a visit with Christ, into his solitude, peacefully. Set your soul in patience, waiting for the person who is taking you to the poustinia.

"Truly the desert will strip you. The Lord of the Desert will do that too. Truly you will be tempted even as he had been tempted. You will suffer as he has suffered, but you will also be filled with tranquillity –the tranquillity of God’s order."It is to be remembered that you are going to the desert for the following reasons:

TO FAST

TO LIVE IN SILENCE

TO PRAY SO THAT YOU MIGHT DIE TO YOURSELF QUICKER, SO THAT CHRIST MIGHT GROW IN YOU FASTER. SO THAT YOU MIGHT GIVE HIM TO THE WORLD FASTER TOO—THIS WORLD THAT IS SO HUNGRY FOR HIM

TO ATONE FOR YOUR SINS AND THOSE OF OTHERS

TO PRAY FOR MANKIND

TO PRAY FOR PEACE

TO PRAY FOR THE MISSIONS AND UNITY AMONG CHRISTIANS IN THE CHURCH.

TO BECOME SAINTS FASTER, THAT IS LOVERS OF CHRIST IN TRUTH AND IN DEED

TO IMITATE CHRIST

TO SAVE YOUR SOUL AND THAT OF OTHER’S

TO LEARN TOTAL SURRENDER TO GOD QUICKER.


PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR US WHILE YOU ARE HERE.

2 Comments:

At 12:47 AM, Blogger sushil yadav said...

In response to your post on Christ, prayer, silence, solitude and meditation I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of speed/ fast culture on our minds and environment.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.


A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.


Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

PlanetSave

TheHolisticWheel

sushil_yadav

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger April791 said...

Dan, I'm curious what you think of this Thomas Merton site:
http://www.thomasmertoncenter.org/

 

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