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Blessed Are Pure in Heart!

Blessed Are Pure in Heart!

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Published by SpiritualHeart
This book analyzes that part of the Teachings of Jesus which is dedicated to work with the spiritual heart. The precept of Jesus shown in the title is considered as very important for realization of His Teachings by us — in ourselves.
The book is addressed to everyone who wants to real-ize the Teachings of Jesus Christ.
This book analyzes that part of the Teachings of Jesus which is dedicated to work with the spiritual heart. The precept of Jesus shown in the title is considered as very important for realization of His Teachings by us — in ourselves.
The book is addressed to everyone who wants to real-ize the Teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Vladimir Antonov
Blessed ArePure in Heart!
Translated from Russianby Mikhail Nikolenko
This book analyzes that part of the Teachings of Jesuswhich is dedicated to work with the spiritual heart. Theprecept of Jesus shown in the title is considered as veryimportant for realization of His Teachings by us — inourselves.The book is addressed to everyone who wants to real-ize the Teachings of Jesus Christ.
 
In the
Sermon on the Mount 
(Matt 5) there are severalphrases of Jesus which are called the
Beatitudes
:Blessed are the poor (
i.e. those who have no possessionsin the material world, who do not strive for material wealth
) inspirit (
more correct — by spirit, i.e. by one’s own decision, byone’s own will
), for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!Blessed are those who mourn (
i.e. those remorseful oftheir misdeeds which have ethical significance
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), for they willbe comforted!Blessed are the meek (
i.e. those devoid of haughtinessand ambitiousness
), for they will inherit the earth!Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for right-eousness, for they will be filled!Blessed are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy!Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God!Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be calledSons of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteous-ness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven!Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you,and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake!Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in Heavens!Now we will discuss one of these precepts, namely:“Blissful are the pure in heart, for they will see God!”, be-cause it is especially important for realization of theTeachings of God by us.
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Yet, one should not do it too long: having learned — withthe help of repentance — not to sin, we have to advance fur-ther on the spiritual Path in the state of positive emotions; oth-erwise we cannot succeed.
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What did Jesus say here? He said that God-the-Fatherand the Holy Spirit can be cognized and seen by peoplewho have
 pure hearts
.
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What is
 pure heart 
?And in general what one should understand by theterm
heart 
when speaking about the processes of spiritualgrowth?Of course, it does not mean the anatomical physicalheart.The opinion that
heart 
is an aggregate of all our in-stincts and emotions, including sexual attraction and pas-sions, is also erroneous. The function of the spiritualheart is not related with sexual passions (strong ego-centric, egoistic attractions) and even opposes them.There is another amorphous and inadequate use ofthe word
heart 
: the mind (one of the examples — Acts5:3).It is very sad that these inadequate uses becamewidely accepted in literature, including religious one,and even in some translations of the New Testament
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For example, in translation of the prayer-meditation OurFather (Lord's Prayer) it is not made clear that by “daily bread”Jesus meant not material food but higher spiritual knowledge,spiritual guidance which we should ask from God. This flawresulted in masses of people, who consider themselves Christi-ans, engaged in panhandling from God — instead of realizingHis Teachings, which suggests that we strive for spiritual Per-fection (Matt 5:48).Also the term “poor in spiritdoes not mean feeble-minded panhandlers-parasites, as it is usually interpreted, but
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