Hesychasm Religious Experience: Its Nature and Functions
The paper presents a philosophical analysis of religious experience of the East Christian Orthodox monks. Hesychasm experience is viewed as human experience organization, anthropological practice started by Christian hermits as early as in IV century in Egypt and Holy Land and being used by Orthodox hermits until recent times. Unique constitutive components of hesychasm religious experience make it possible for a human being to solve such a difficult task as transformation and divinization through the fellowship of the Lord. The current study shows a tiny bit of abundance of personal qualities gained through hesychasm method revealing enormous religious consciousness resources and is a valuable gift of Christian hermits to mankind. The idea of multi-polar world, the idea of “Russian world” and some other ideas concerning the development of modern society require new philosophy taking into account religious dimensions of mankind. In the context of global transformational process the study of centuries-long experience of unknown hermits and schools of thought of hermeneuts of diverse cultural traditions is relevant and demanded.