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But in a lecture back in , a noted author in Greece who has written other serious books about Elder Paisios revealed that he was indeed the author of the book "The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios". His name is Athanasios Rakovalis, a professor of Physics. Below is a brief outline of what he said in the lecture, and the video can be seen below the text. His unbelief he considers to have stemmed from the propaganda of books and newspapers and acquaintances. So when he first went to Mount Athos and came to know some of the monks there, he realized that things were not as he thought they were.

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Intellectual deception is not something we suffer without consequences. When we try to adopt these fake beliefs in our life, then we will start to pay. The rulers of all the ages knew this basic truth. They knew that in order to rule the masses, they would have to impose their thoughts and beliefs upon them first.

Hitler offered the theory of Aryan supremacy and that the Aryan race was destined by nature to rule upon the earth in order to justify his offensive wars.

The contemporary racists and ancient slave traders of Africa proposed the view that black people are not people but man-like animals with very low intelligence so that they could exploit them with force to the endless cotton plantations of America.

Also, they could kill them without the law persecuting them. That is, we see convenient theories utilized by evil people whom are usually supported by organized propaganda and scientific documentations i. After they first persuade people about the correctness of their views, they then can guide and command them more easily. They lead them wherever they want using these intellectual methods.

But what is the theory that is propounded by nearly all the New Age organizations in order to subdue their followers and convert them to workers receiving no pay? Listen how Karma Yoga is considered one of the most basic forms of Yoga.

It is the Yoga of the selfless servants. Every person has their "karma;" that is the total of all the good and evil acts of all their "previous lives.

Good karma means that the person will be born rich, comfortable, with many opportunities for spiritual progress. On the contrary, bad karma can mean poverty, want, affliction, pain and ignorance. If your karma is really bad, this means that you could be born as an animal in the next life. Generally, the Yogis try to be liberated from the iron-clad law of karma which even oppresses their "gods. The way for someone to destroy his karma, or at least to lighten its heavy load, is by selfless services to his fellow suffering man, to humanity and to God.

Rather, this is beautiful bait that will help us to catch the death-bearing fish hook. Of course, as an exchange, our present life is demanded to be dedicated to work without pay. For this reason, all of the Hinduist and New Age organizations insist and project their leader or guru as a superhuman "god" and they legislate his worship while he is still alive. A person is submitted more easily to a "god" than to a human being. Many followers of gurus work hard at their ashrams without having any demands for recompense, insurance, pharmaceuticals, nursing or even the least bit of pocket money.

Indeed, they are made to feel that the guru makes them spiritual reprieves which they will receive if they serve him. The Karma-Yogis are usually young people that go to some ashram in a foreign country in order to cut themselves off from friends and relatives that could help them at some crucial moment.

Of course, there are enough aged Karma-Yogis that have indeed given all their wealth to the guru and ashram in order to make quicker spiritual progress. I know a few people like this.

Thus, they are reduced to unsalaried workers, usually in foreign countries without friends, family, money or information except the news censured by the ashram. They are immediately dependent upon the ashram for food, shelter and clothes. I ask myself, when a person is found in such a powerless position, is he not an easy victim of sexual or whatever other kind of exploitation?

What is the outcome of these people? There are many who leave from an organization feeling dissatisfied before the process of slave-making is completed. They usually go to another "better" organization or they find a "superior" guru. We would often hear them tell horrible stories that happened to them with members of the organization or even with their guru.

However, they are still ideologically affected by the metaphysical deceptions. They pass through their life inside confusion and pain. There are others that had advanced further. They gave all their fortune to the organization and became full members. Usually after an interval, the organization has these people "up high," marginalized in trivial roles. Few have the mental strength to come to the point where they split from their leaders and leave. Most of the time, they are accustomed to the role of a follower, and like a servant, accept the "security" that the organization provides them.

Others, who are more sneaky and ambitious, after they become conscious of the cheating game, also learn to play it. They claim for themselves and many times take an executive role in the organization.

That is, they leave from the category of victims and are placed with the sacrifices. That which was done to them, they now do to others. Some make a career inside the same organization, or they go somewhere else to another city or state.

Of course, these people become conscious servants of the lie. Not even one word about the quest of truth. The truth and spiritual ideals are items for sale for these people; negotiable products. I regard them as the more genuine disciples of the gurus. Yet, there are also some people who are saved. There are a few people who had a genuine desire within their hearts for the truth. They are spiritually, psychologically, and socially restored. They make beautiful, conscious Christian families.

A sufficient number of them follow the high, authentic, ascetical life of the Orthodox monk. In the end, I want to say that it is not easy at all for someone to leave from there, especially if he has taken some initiation.

Besides the psychological and social dependencies that tie him to the organization, there is a secret, unseen in most cases , evil spiritual power which overcomes the ordinary measure of man.

This power wants to retain its enslaved people. It starts to react when someone develops a defective frame of mind. This evil spiritual power is completely conquered only by the spiritual power of Christ. All the rest will accept influences and move within the confines of a certain spiritual prison. What is the profile of a follower of such organization? Their propaganda addresses itself to people of the middle and upper classes. They are usually young people with very good education usually university.

They have the economic abilities for trips throughout the world and an easy way of life in their countries vacations, vehicles, music, arts, etc. What is it that drives these young people to exchange all these comforts with the position of Karma Yoga? It is spiritual hunger and thirst. It is the deficiency of a spiritual dimension in their life. When we say "spiritual" here, we do not mean the arts music, theater, and literature as the word has come to mean today.

By "spiritual" we mean something that is related with the deeper, mystical core of the world and life; something that has a relation with God, the Spirit of God, and the Holy Spirit. The man who has the Holy Spirit upon him and carries the Spirit of God God, Christ in his soul is considered spiritual. Today, western society suffers from spiritual deprivation.

They feel incompetent. On one side, western humanism is responsible because it sees man in a completely single dimension; only body and material. How much someone makes, what kind of car he has, what social influences he has, what position he occupies, etc.

Indeed, in America people are measured according to their annual income. The material goods that he possesses are the measure of his value. Not even a word about honesty, goodness, righteousness, purity, virtue, knowledge of God, selflessness or confidence in friendships. Heresy means distortion. They stripped and weaned it and they were cut off from the Mysteries.

They were separated from the conductors of Divine Grace and lost their possibility for direct contact with God. They made logic and reasoning religion. That is, they reduced religion to a lifeless and powerless ideology. An ideology that is unable to fill the spiritual hunger and thirst of their people. The innovating Protestants and traditional Papists dealt these things. Thus, a portion of their people turn to the carob tree of Eastern doctrines, having formed inside a sentimental prejudice for everything Christian.

Orthodoxy is found at the antipode of Western humanism, Protestantism and Papism. I acquire peace, wisdom, long-suffering and meekness inside myself, as well as the knowledge of nature, man and eternity.

I know that my nature is eternal. I know why I was given this life and how I should live it. I know how to differentiate and discriminate the significant from the insignificant. Who will show them the great difference of Orthodoxy? Who will show them the rivers of living water that run inside the Orthodox Church and richly quench the thirst of every sincerely thirsty Christian? Who will bring them into contact with the truth?

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Description This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the Faith of his forefathers—Orthodox Christianity—he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to a knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ by the saintly Elder Paisios — Thus, at the age of twenty-five, he embarked on a trip to India, where he undertook his search in the ashrams of three famous gurus, one of whom was worshipped as a god. His experiences in India, along with his subsequent encounters with Elder Paisios on Mount Athos, are recounted in the present book in vivid detail. Popular in Greece since its first publication there in , The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios is a page-turning narrative of both outward adventures and inward struggles.

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Details This powerful memoir tells the story of a Greek youth who, out of a desire to know the truth empirically, began to experiment in yoga, hypnotism, and various occult techniques. Eventually drawn back to the Faith of his forefathers Orthodox Christianity he visited the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos in his native Greece, where he was brought to a knowledge of the Truth of Jesus Christ by the saintly Elder Paisios Nevertheless, believing he had only found part of the truth on the Holy Mountain, he chose to give the same opportunity to Hindu yogis that he had given to Elder Paisios and other Orthodox monks. Thus, at the age of twenty-five, he embarked on a trip to India, where he undertook his search in the ashrams of three famous gurus, one of whom was worshipped as a god. His experiences in India, along with his subsequent encounters with Elder Paisios on Mount Athos, are recounted in the present book in vivid detail. Popular in Greece since its first publication there in , The Gurus, the Young Man, and Elder Paisios is a page-turning narrative of both outward adventures and inward struggles. What stands out most in this book, however, is the radiant image of Elder Paisios, possessed of divine gifts, laboring in prayer for his fellow man, and overflowing with unconditional love.

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Intellectual deception is not something we suffer without consequences. When we try to adopt these fake beliefs in our life, then we will start to pay. The rulers of all the ages knew this basic truth. They knew that in order to rule the masses, they would have to impose their thoughts and beliefs upon them first.

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