The Path towards the Light: Orthodoxy’s Holy Teachers and Teachers of Other Religions

First of all, there is no “method” in the lives of these Christians, which they follow in order to attain such characteristics, nor were they initiated in any kind of mystic teaching. The only thing they did was to open wide their heart to Christ, as God, and to their fellow-man. Their way of life does not include the practicing of a certain method (for example Yoga, meditation or martial arts), but rather, we would say that theirs is a path, which includes a descent into two intelligible realms – which the contemporary saint, the Elder Sophronios Sakharov, characterizes as “Hades”: the “Hades of repentance” and the “Hades of Love”.