On The Difference Between the Jesus Prayer & Yoga
They say that the “Jesus prayer” and the way it is practised is a Christian yoga and is connected with prototypes of Eastern religions. What do you have to say about this?
– It seems that those who say this are completely ignorant of the grace-filled state of our Church, since we obtain divine grace through the Jesus prayer. They have not experienced it; that is why they do not know it. Yet they should never accuse those who have experience. They blaspheme against the Holy Fathers as well. Many of the Fathers fought for the Jesus prayer, and they spoke strongly about its value. What then? Did they fall into error? Did St. Gregory Palamas fall into error? They are even ignorant of the Holy Bible. The blind men said the words: “Son of David have mercy on us”…
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