What is the Science of Salvation?

A collection of quotes and sayings about Truth from the great traditions of the world.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Finding Paradise

  If you think to find paradise on earth, even in a monastery, then you are very mistaken. Paradise, i.e. full blessedness, does not exist on earth, and cannot, because man was not created for earth, but for heaven. In order to inherit paradise in heaven one must earn it here on earth through much labor, sorrow, and effort, that is, through paying much heed to oneself, as says the Apostle: We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22), and as our Divine First Ascetic taught: The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force (Matt. 11:12).
 
 
 
                                    Abbess Thaisia of Leushino
                                    "Letters to a Beginner"