his is one of the most importantåÊand accessible texts of OrthodoxåÊChristian teaching on the spiritual life, and and not unlike the betteråÊknown ‰ÛÏPhilokalia.‰ The author, St.åÊIgnatius (Brianchaninov) describes this work as his legacy ‰ÛÏof soul saving instruction.‰ HeåÊpromises that ‰ÛÏThose who carry out theseåÊinstructions will enter into possessionåÊof spiritual riches.‰ In an age even moreåÊalienated from spiritual culture and rootedåÊin materialism, his words pose both aåÊchallenge and an invitation to all who everåÊsay to themselves ‰ÛÏThere must be more toåÊlife than this.‰ For anyone who desires toåÊdeepen their own spiritual journey basedåÊupon an encounter with Christ as God,åÊthis book is essential reading. Its contentsåÊmay ultimately be accepted or rejected,åÊbut they will be very difficult to ignore.
Like the other leaders of this Russian monastic revival, Ignatius was deeply rooted in the ascetic and mystical doctrine of the Greek Fathers, yet there was nothing antiquarian or academic about his devotion to the teaching of the past: for this ancient tradition was something that he had experienced directly, as a creative and dynamic reality in his personal life.
‰ÛÒMetropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
Subjects covered include unceasing prayer, the need for spiritual direction and the importance of Divine meditation. The original Russian edition was published in 1867. The work encapsulates the legacy of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) as it was published in the year of his death, after some forty years of monastic life. There is a helpful thirteen-page introduction is provided by Archimandrite (now Metropolitan) Kallistos (aka Timothy Ware) as well as a glossary of terms. The 2nd edition was reedited and newly typeset. It includes interior design features, subject and scripture indexes, and includes a short life of St Ignatius.