This short video is a very useful conversation with an Orthodox Hermit of our times from Romania in which he talks about prayer, pure heart and love of the neighbor. The following is an excerpt from the conversation which you can watch below.
When someone approached the Savior and asked him “Good Master what should I do to inherit the eternal life,” – what did the Savior reply? Keep the ten commandments. Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, with all thy soul and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor as yourself. If one were to cut me here (shows his hand) it would hurt. If one cut me there – it would hurt. In the same way my heart should hurt for you. Because if this kind of pain and love existed between one person and another, there wouldn’t be as much killing around as we see nowadays.
Let’s say 400 dollars fell off your packet. If I care for you I would quickly grab it – lest anybody else should take it away – and tell you. “Look, Ma’am, this money fell from your packet. Please here it is” – because I love you. If I didn’t love you, I would put my foot on it and take advantage of your lack of heed.
See how things should be understood?
We have a holy duty not to do any harm, but only good as much as we can. For example, we monks, are not allowed to mock or insult anyone, not even spank a child. Because it will become scared and you will be guilty before God. That is what God wants: joy and peace between people, love.
You may travel far and wide, to the end of the earth, but if you have no love, you are nothing. You should love your neighbor as yourself. This is what has strengthened and helped us.