A very special group of priests of the old Russian pilgrims and vagrants
are mystics called this because they never stayed too long in one place.
They wore no clothes monastic, not part of a monastic order. Always in
search of holy places, an ideal of holiness or a word of wisdom, they
take their teachings from manastiriklor confessors of their way or of
any opportunity that arises in their path, then turn on. They walk alone,
simple, often without money or food, living on a zip or doing other work
is healing for a piece of bread. They totally abandoned to God. In their
way they worked continuously experiencing mental prayer in solitude fruits
of its mysterious nature. Wandering Pilgrims are known more as biographies,
religious denominations or authors of anonymous texts. Those cloaks spread
on Russia in past centuries.
The first autobiography such as "The Life and Pilgrimage of Daniel,
abbot of the Russian land." From the twelfth century also with numerous
Reprints between 15 and 19 centuries. But the most famous biography belongs
to an anonymous "Russian Pilgrim." Already become classic text,
it has been translated since 1930 in all languages. She managed to make
known everywhere hesychasm. Theophanes the Recluse one of the great figures
of Russian Hesychasm said to be read and corrected the first edition of
the paper. The author is unknown but gained while gathering testimony
is supposed to be "a peasant of Orel region" that common environments
in particular monastery monastic Optimo. Russian Pilgrim has lived in
the past century even some identifications coming to us from St. Ambrose.
The story that Father Macarius of Optimo monastery was visited by a layman
in the Ural region whose prayer had reached a level so high that not even
the father knew what to stop responding when the pilgrim has described
various states of prayer of the heart than " beware in humility ....
Ambrose expressed his opinion on that meeting maditand unusual, as that
was even secular Russian pilgrim and author of confession - "Confessions
of a Pilgrim - gracious about the prayer ministry of Jesus."