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Offline Prince_Christopher

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"Starets"
« on: July 24, 2005, 07:25:30 PM »
"Starets"----What exactly does this word mean?
Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing.
--Cicero

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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2005, 08:52:13 PM »
Elder.

In Greek it is Geronda. They are (often) monastics, who have a great deal of experience in the Inner life, and have lead very holy and prayerful lives.

Even though it means Elder, the Starets isn't necessarily ancient, but they are usually not young, and one doesn't make oneself an elder! I think people gradually get attracted to such a person because of their great piety and religious knowledge. Of course there are also eldresses too.

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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2005, 08:58:19 PM »
Thank you, Georgiy.
Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing.
--Cicero

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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2005, 09:06:47 PM »
You're welcome. I don't think Grigory Rasputin was a starets though some of his contemporaries obviously did! I wonder who first called him 'starets'?
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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2005, 02:17:51 PM »
I don't know who first called him that, but Alexandra and her friend Anna V. referred to him as such.
Anyone who has a library and a garden wants for nothing.
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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2005, 06:55:38 AM »
Is that why in some books that have been translated he is called 'the elder?' I heard that's what Dmitri called him.

I thought it meant 'holy man?'

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Re: "Starets"
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2005, 04:33:37 PM »
Elder is the translation - Holy Man is the essence.