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The Way of a Pilgrim

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'''''The Way of a Pilgrim''''' is the English title of a 19th century anonymous Russian, seemingly autobiographical, work, possibly by an [[Mount Athos|Athonite]] monk, detailing the narrator's journey across the country while practicing the [[Jesus Prayer]] devoutly, with the help of a [[prayer rope]] and the study of the ''[[Philokalia]]''. The Russian title of the book is actually much longer than its English translation: "Откровенные рассказы странника духовному своему отцу" - literally, "Candid tales of a pilgrim to his spiritual father'.
The book as a whole is often interpreted as an allegory of both the life of [[Jesus Christ]] and the struggle of Orthodox spirituality. It details the gradual spiritual development and struggles of the narrator, and the effect the narrator's spiritualality has on those around him (to quote St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]], "Acquire the spirit of peace, and a thousand souls around you will be saved"), as well as the effects upon the narrator of the struggles of those whom he encounters and the stories they tell him.

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