Elder Sophrony (Sakharov): In Search of the Sublime, the Eternal

Upon the brink of the abyss, And in the raging ocean's fury, Midst angry waves and darkness vague, And in the desert whirlwind's hurry, All, all that threatens us with death, Hides for the mortal in its depth An inexplicable enchantment—A promise of eternal life! This image, painted by the poet Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), can …