Link: Saint Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California, USA

Saint Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California, USA

10 Beegum Gorge Rd, Platina, CA 96076, USA

Red Bluff, CA, to St Herman’s Monastery in Platina, CA

California Highway 36

Hydesville, CA, to St Herman Monastery in Platina

California Highway 36

HERE – Red Bluff

HERE – Platina

HERE – Platina

California Highway 36 on a motorcycle

California Highway 36 on a motorcycle

Pilgrimage to St Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California, USA


Themi Adams of The Flies with Mick Jagger Australian Rock-Star Atheist Becomes Africa Missionary


The Flies – Live Aussie Garage, 1964, Australia

Interviews with Father Themi Adams

Themi Adams of The Flies with Mick Jagger

Australian Rock-Star Atheist Becomes Africa Missionary

Fr. Dr Themi Adams considers himself wilder and braver than his rock star contemporaries. Not because he bites off bat heads or taunts the media with a bad boy image—but because he delivers aid to some of Africa’s most dangerous communities.

Born to Egyptian and Greek parents, Fr. Dr Themi Adams was born as Themi Adamopulous and raised in Australia. Growing up as a staunch Marxist and atheist, Adams turned away from God and picked up a bass guitar in the 1960s. He soon started a band called The Flies.

The Flies went on to become one of the more memorable indie bands of the era. The group toured with The Beatles and gained a global following. Adams eventually found himself in the United States at Princeton and Harvard University.

“It was at this time that I suddenly became moved by the overwhelming needs of the oppressed and disadvantaged people in the Third World” says Adams, who is now a devout and radical Orthodox missionary. Adams has dedicated his life to helping the poor.

“I decided that something needed to be done—and that my current lifestyle was not the most productive in the eyes of God,” Adams continues. He spent the next decade living in the outer slum areas of Nairobi, fulfilling his calling as a devoted missionary.
After 10 years of missionary work, he felt called to address a greater need in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

“The entire world had turned its back on the country, and they were in great need of help,” Adams says. “So, I fought the impossible odds and went into the country, alone, to set up a mission and controversially deliver aid to all who needed it.”

Media around the world have been captivated by Adams’ ability to get things done in hard territories where others have failed. In fact, his authority-defying attitude has earned him many notable relationships with government officials in African countries.

Adams, for example, is a close advisor and personal friend of Ernest Bai Koroma, the fourth president of Sierra Leone. This close-knit relationship led to the formation of Paradise Kids for Africa (PK4A), an organization with a mandate to help some of the world’s poorest people.

“The secret of the mission is to respect the Africans and to understand them,” Adams says. “The war has left so many people disabled, and because of the war there was no vaccinations in the 80s, the polio cases had reached catastrophic proportions. That has contributed to the high number of disabled in the country.”

Video: Coming Home – Eastern Orthodox Christian Baptism in USA



Coming Home – Eastern Orthodox Christian Baptism in USA

Link: Μεταστροφές στην Ορθοδοξία


Μεταστροφές στην Ορθοδοξία

Η απάντηση ενός πάνκ αναρχικού σε δημοσιογράφο για την εικόνα της Παναγίας “Άξιον εστι” στην Αθήνα το 1987


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Η απάντηση ενός πάνκ αναρχικού σε δημοσιογράφο

για την εικόνα της Παναγίας “Άξιον εστι” στην Αθήνα το 1987

Ὅταν τό 1987 εἶχαν φέρει τήν εἰκόνα τοῦ “Ἄξιόν ἐστι” στήν Ἀθήνα, πῆγαν πολλές χιλιάδες κόσμου νά προσκυνήσουν. Καί φυσικά οἱ δημοσιογράφοι δέν ἔχασαν εὐκαιρία νά κάνουν γκάλοπ: “Γιατί ἤρθατε; Πιστεύετε στό Θεό;” καί διάφορα παρόμοια. Ἐκεῖ, λοιπόν, βρῆκε κάποιος δημοσιογράφος ἕνα νεαρό ἀπό αὐτούς τούς πάνκ, τούς ἀναρχικούς, καί τοῦ λέει: “Ἐσύ, τί θέλεις ἐδῶ;”. Καί τότε γυρίζει ὁ νεαρός καί δακρυσμένος, τοῦ λέει: “Ὅλοι μᾶς ἐξαπάτησαν καί μᾶς γέλασαν φοβερά· μόνο ὁ Χριστός δέν μᾶς ἀπογοήτευσε!”




Through The Eastern Gate – Nilus Stryker, San Francisco, California, USA – From Buddhism to Orthodoxy




Through The Eastern Gate

Nilus Stryker, San Francisco, California, USA

From Buddhism to Orthodoxy



Nilus Stryker, San Francisco, California, USA:

I had been a Buddhist for ten years. I was ordained after seven years of study with my teacher in a small family line of the Nyingma Lineage of Vajarayana (Tibetan ) Buddhism. I had a Spiritual Master in that lineage whom I loved and still love. He was, and continues to be an example of kindness in my life. It was through his instruction that I began to see the world with wider eyes and heart. I was ordained as a Ngakpa in the Nyingma Lineage. A Ngakpa is a tantric (priest) ordination that, though there are vows (damsig), those vows are not based on celibacy nor abstention from meat and alcohol. Our sangha were not renunciates but followed basic instruction in tantra and dzogchen; both based on transformation rather than renunciation and sudden moments of insight that flicker in duration and intensity leading to rigpa (a state of mind and perception based on relaxing into the natural state of enlightenment). Those moments were engendered by the energetic intervention of our teacher or our ability to “relax” into the fabric and texture of our experience of being and non being brought about by the practices we were taught. Over the years those moments seem to manifest in seeing the world more and more in kindness, gratitude and compassion. My teacher used to say that Buddhism was ninety nine per cent method and one percent truth. The practices in Buddhism are used to develop a clarity and sense of awareness that enable you to discern a reality not skewed by neurotic mind and habits of response.

We were a non liturgical lineage and had silent sitting and yogic song, mantra, and sets of psycho-spiritual physical exercises as the core of our practice. I made pilgrimages to sacred sites in Nepal and attended retreats with my teacher and vajra sisters and Continue reading “Through The Eastern Gate – Nilus Stryker, San Francisco, California, USA – From Buddhism to Orthodoxy”

O Klaus Kenneth στην “Ορθοδοξη Μαρτυρία”



O Klaus Kenneth στην “Ορθοδοξη Μαρτυρία”

Αν υπάρχουν στον 20ό αιώνα κάποιοι άνθρωποι, που τους αξίζει ο τίτλος του «Οδυσσέα του πνεύματος», ένας από αυτούς είναι σίγουρα ο Κλάους Κένεθ. Ταξίδεψε σχεδόν σε όλες τις εκδοχές της παγκόσμιας θρησκευτικότητας. Περιπλανήθηκε στο σκοτάδι, γνωρίζοντας όλες τις μορφές του. Και ανακάλυψε το φως, την ελευθερία και την αγάπη εκεί, όπου ποτέ δεν περίμενε να τα βρει. Αυτή είναι η ιστορία του. Μια στάση στο ταξίδι του ήταν χθες στο νεανικό στέκι της Μητροπόλεως στο Πέρασμα και σήμερα το πρωί στην «Ορθόδοξη Μαρτυρία» Μας χάρισε μια ώρα όπου είχαμε και μείς την ευκαιρία να ακούσουμε το ταξίδι της ζωής του από το μίσος στην αγάπη, από την σκοτάδι του φόβου στην ελευθερία της αγάπης του Χριστού.

«Το μεγαλύτερο μέρος της ζωής μου το αφιέρωσα στην αναζήτηση της αγάπης και της αλήθειας, και η πραγματική απόσταση που διήνυσα κατά την πνευματική αυτή διαδρομή προϋπέθετε πολλές περιπλανήσεις ανά τον κόσμο. Πέρασα από την Ινδία, το Θιβέτ και την Ταϊλάνδη, καθώς και από αραβομουσουλμανικές χώρες, όπως ο Ιράν, το Αφγανιστάν, το Μαρόκο και τη Μαλαισία. Ταξίδεψα στην Αλάσκα, στο Μεξικό και στη Βραζιλία, για να δοκιμάσω άλλα συστήματα, περιλαμβανομένων του κομμουνισμού, του αθεϊσμού και της χίπικης κουλτούρας. Επί αρκετά χρόνια μελέτησα ενδελεχώς τις ανατολικές θρησκείες: τον ινδουισμό, το βουδισμό, τον ισλαμισμό, καθώς και την πνευματικότητα των Αμερικανών αυτοχθόνων. Άλλες φορές πάλι, έμπλεξα με τον υπόκοσμο των ναρκωτικών και εισχώρησα στον εσωτερισμό και την απόκρυφη γνώση, περιερχόμενος σε κατάσταση έκστασης. Όμως, τίποτα δεν μπορούσε να γεμίσει το κενό που υπήρχε της ψυχής μου, μέχρι την ημέρα που βρέθηκα αντιμέτωπος με εφτά όπλα. Τότε μόνο –και απροσδόκητα– είχα μια συγκλονιστική κατ’ ιδίαν συνάντηση με τον Άγνωστο σε μένα Θεό. Τότε ήταν Continue reading “O Klaus Kenneth στην “Ορθοδοξη Μαρτυρία””