Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of by Ana Smiljanic, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

By Ana Smiljanic, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica was once probably the most well known religious publications of Serbia within the 20th century. As a beginner he lived in obedience to Elder Ambrose of Miljkovo Monastery, a disciple of the Optina Elders. From him Fr. Thaddeus realized the Prayer of the guts and the selfless love that got here to signify his entire ministry to the discomfort Serbian humans. Born in 1914, Elder Thaddeus lived via the entire anguish continued by way of Serbia within the 20th century. Over the process global Wars, throughout the Communist takeover, and during the NATO bombings of 1999, he co-suffered along with his humans. He taught, suggested, and prayed for all who got here to him in discomfort and sorrow. His phrases of affection and wish supplied religious balm for individuals from all periods of society. In 2002 Elder Thaddeus reposed, abandoning a wide selection of his teachings, preserved by means of his trustworthy non secular teenagers. His existence, teachings, and religious conversations are right here offered for the 1st time in English.

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Damascius’ enumeration does not mean that these three theogonies are the only poems to which we might ascribe theological or mythological Orphic quotations. The Rhapsodies are a compilation of previously existing poems, and the subsequent immediate disappearance of all other theogonies in circulation cannot be assumed. In fact, some quotations plausibly traced to preRhapsodic sources can be found in the works of Clement of Alexandria, as we shall see. The continued existence of theogonic and mythic poems aside from those of the Rhapsodies becomes even more plausible when considering Demeter’s myth, since the proliferation of different Eleusinian-inspired cults and the frequent use of the figure of Orpheus to endow them with prestige – as will be discussed below on the basis of the evidence of Pausanias – must have stimulated the production of Orphic versions of the myth.

At a midpoint between the distant domains of theogony and eschatology stands the famous myth of Dionysus’ sacrifice by the Titans. Dionysus, as offspring of the incestuous union of Zeus and his daughter Persephone, is directly linked to the contents of the Orphic theogonic traditions; on the other hand, at least in some versions, mortals sprang from the ashes of the Titans when they were thunderstruck by Zeus, which has fundamental anthropological implications intimately connected with eschatology.

The fact is that proofs of the existence of such ritual and ideological uniformity are nearly non-existent, and many indications point entirely in the other direction. 59 Plato’s statement, then, hardly demonstrates the existence 57 Denomination of religious movements may vary depending on the adoption of an external or an internal perspective (Mormons= Church of Jesus Christ of LatterDay Saints). Cf. Casadio 1997, 22. 58 Burkert 1987 on mysteries of Isis and Mitra; Fowden 1987, 187–192 on Hermeticism and its followers.

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