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Hi,
I didn't expect to find this kind of discussion in a writers' forum and I am pleasantly surprised. I have deep roots in the Christian Orthodox Church which I tried to cut off, but it seems that they were so deep that even if the tree almost fell down due to strong storms, it was not uprooted.
Since I am possibly the only representative of this creed in the forum I would be very glad to share with you my own journey and my knowledge about the Orthodox Church in all its aspects: spiritual, literary, artistic. I would also be very pleased to answer to any questions that you might have. I can do that in series so that my posts are not too long, if I see that there is some interest.

Here is a small taste of my experiences:

http://www.squidoo.com/monasteries-greece
 

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Hi, welcome to our board. Thanks for your link. Your journey as a spiritual awakening might be of more interest on our Christian Board, but your perspectives upon your own and other religions are welcome here as well.

I don't know how many Orthodox members we have, but I know you are not alone here.
 

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Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

You also might keep an eye on the Story Research section. We had a post there not too long ago asking about the Orthodox Church. At least one person answered who was a member, like yourself, so you're not alone here.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

You also might keep an eye on the Story Research section. We had a post there not too long ago asking about the Orthodox Church. At least one person answered who was a member, like yourself, so you're not alone here.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

Thank you very much.

I have also pondered over freedom and the lack of it. I find your quotation very true and, if you don't mind, I will paraphrase it according to my own perception. "The only freedom that we have is whether we will love others or not".
 

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You are not the only Orthodox on the forum. I am also Orthodox.
 

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The Jesus prayer. It's the heart and soul of Christianity boiled down to one prayer. That convinced me that Orthodoxy was real. And no, I was not born Orthodox. I am of thoroughly American stock.
 

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Thank you very much.

I have also pondered over freedom and the lack of it. I find your quotation very true and, if you don't mind, I will paraphrase it according to my own perception. "The only freedom that we have is whether we will love others or not".

Sat Nam! (literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

About you rephrasing: I think it is really more whether we'll let that love out or not, because I have this terribly positive notion that love is inherent in all of us. :)

When I came up with the quote (and yes, I'm the author), my idea was more about commitment; that refusing to commit is refusing to accept our truest freedom.

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal
 

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I think most of us do commit to something. I think it would be pretty hard to go through life without committing to something. We might not recognize that something as commitment.
 

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The Jesus prayer. It's the heart and soul of Christianity boiled down to one prayer. That convinced me that Orthodoxy was real. And no, I was not born Orthodox. I am of thoroughly American stock.

It is very inspiring to learn that a person so far away, of such a different culture practices the Jesus prayer. I wish you that it bears its extraordinary fruit and fills your heart with joy.
 

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One of these days maybe I'll be good at it. I wish you the same things back.
 
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