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Today there are no suitable guides for undertaking the Jesus Prayer. If Platina thinks it is a suitable guide, it is in delusion. If Fr. Seraphim knew he was not competent, should then Platina see that they are even less competent than Fr. Seraphim.
Remedy: sober distrust of oneself, taking counsel of others wiser, guidance from Holy Fathers.
Remedy: concentrate on spiritual life, keep out of limelight, stay uninvolved from passionate disputes.
Symptoms: feverish excitement, always something “tremendous” happening—the blood is boiling. Inflated vocabulary, indicates puffed up instead of humble. Sources in Protestantism, and in one’s own opinions “picked up” in the air.
Remedy: sober distrust of oneself, constant grounding in Holy Fathers and Lives of Saints, counsel.
Cause: overemphasis on outward side, public opinion, etc.
Remedy: emphasis on inward, spiritual struggle, lack of concern for outward success, mindfulness of Whom we are followers of (Christ crucified but triumphant).
Fr. Seraphim was also distressed that many of the more exalted texts already in translation were being read by those outside the Faith. This was very dangerous, he said, for they were reading without being illumined by grace. Even more basic texts, such as The Pilgrim, he said, should be read by Orthodox Christians under the supervision of a spiritual father, in order to avoid the temptation that we, too, can be just like the pilgrim in his practice of the Jesus Prayer. (Letters p. 40)