The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and
the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian traditon.
First published in Greek in 1782, translated into Slavonic and later into Russian,
The Philokalia has exercised an influence far greater than that of any
book other than the Bible in the recent history of the Orthodox Church. It is
concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner
powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve
spiritual wholeness; how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and
union with God.
This second volume of The Philokalia consists mainly of writings from
the seventh century, in particular by St. Maximus the Confessor, the greater
part of which has never before been translated into English. Includes introductory
notes to each of the writers, a glossary of key terms, and a detailed index.
Softbound. 414 pp.