When I went to the Holy Mountain, I met the Elder right in front of his door. As soon as he saw me--then I was traveling with a hieromonk--he told me:
"Hey, good to see you, good to see you!"
We received his blessing, and he told me:
"Hey, what do you think? Will we make you a monk?"
"Elder," I told him, "I have a problem with my parents."
"Listen to what I tell you, let your parents weep for a month or two, so that you may not weep eternally, and before you loose the treasure." (He was referring to Elder Iakovos, without my telling him where I was thinking of becoming a monk.)
"Elder," I told him, "you have the blessing of Fr. Iakovos from the Venerable David [of Evia]."
"Oh, my child, these are the Saints who are struggling today and who pray with humility and love. I am not worthy to see this giant of Orthodoxy, but it is also a very far distance to meet him, and it requires struggle and much effort. But God has given us love, and we communicate between us spiritually."
"Elder, is it blessed for me to venerate in your chapel for a blessing?"
"No, it's not necessary."
"Elder, have love, for a blessing."
"No, my child, because maybe Elder Iakovos gave you 5,000 drachmas, and afterwards, what will I do with it, because I'm a monk?"
He did not let me go venerate. He gave me a prayer rope and a little cross to give to the Elder. When I returned to the Monastery, Elder Iakovos received me with joy. And I gave him the gifts from Elder Paisios and immediately he told me: "The 5,000 drachmas which Elder Paisios didn't accept, and that he didn't let you leave by venerating in the chapel, take it with you for your expenses in the school of Lamia." I was stunned.
"Elder, how do you know this?"
And he told me, whispering in my ear: "We, my child, communicate spiritually."
For a similar spiritual encounter in love between St. Paisios and St. Porphyrios, see here.
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