The prophets were chosen by God to fulfill His law, making the effort of destitution and, desiring for spiritual life, made obedience "the grave of pride and the resurrection of humility" (John Climacus
In the new material, Muse suggests that human persons can cultivate mind-body unity by intentionally connecting the nous with the proprioceptive sensation of the body, drawing support from the writings of Saints John Climacus
and Gregory Palamas and giving practical examples from both his work with clients and his own personal experiences of essential embodiment.
In the Patristic literature, this ongoing and never-ending journey of advancement toward fuller communion with God is referred to as epektasis and has been developed in particular in the writing of St Gregory of Nyssa (6) and St John Climacus
But Lissitzky as well as Malevich was interested in icons; and even as archmaterialist a project as his Lenin Tribune (1920) echoes icons of Jacob's Ladder--or the same motif of inter-modal communication in The Vision of St John Climacus
, (first half of the 16th Century, St Petersburg, Russian Museum).
The theme that unites them is that of ascetic monks: St Anthony and St Euthymius are shown in full-length at the top, with St Ephraim the Syrian and St Hilarion on the left in half-length and St Anastasius of Sinai and St John Climacus
on the right.
Echoing the first psalm, one said Russia's princes were "like the groves of paradise, planted by the water springs, were from God and by Orthodoxy given drink and made to grow in wisdom and grace." The seventh-century Ladder of John Climacus
of Sinai and the passage about Jacob's ladder in Genesis 28:12 inspired other passages that likened the dynasty to a ladder to paradise.
Having said that, in order to further elucidate our understanding of Kierkegaard's likely goals relevant to the purpose of this paper, it is important to underline some interesting similarities between Kierkegaard and the real John Climacus
: From the Egyptian Desert to the Sinaite Mountain.
On a very practical and literal level I learned the truth of the sixth century Syrian abbot John Climacus
' dictum in The Ladder of Divine Ascent: "The [one] who has entered stillness ...
The spiritual father in Saint John Climacus
and Saint Simeon the New Theologian.
First, one would think that in a volume concerning patristic ethics that the thought of Maximos the Confessor, John Climacus
, or Evagrius Ponticus would be included.
Early desert monks like Anthony and John Climacus
seemed to suspect that it was the flesh that initially disturbed the soul's serenity, compelling the will to consent in evil.(1) For this reason they had taken flight from the sensual world of the city to the bleak environment of the heath, avoiding in particular the sight of women who might provoke spontaneous swellings of passion to the temples of their minds.