The elder pauses and begins to speak to Alyosha of what it has meant to be a monk

The elder pauses and begins to speak to Alyosha of what it has meant to be a monk

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The elder pauses and begins to speak to Alyosha of what it has meant to be a monk. Zossima feels  that the Russian monk is, of all persons, closest to the Russian folk and that ultimately the salvation  of Russia will come through these common people who, he feels sure, will always remain orthodox in  their beliefs. He also talks of the equality of all people and hopes that everyone can someday be  truly meek and can accept a servant as an equal and, in turn, function as a servant to others. True equality, he says, is found only in the "spiritual dignity of man." As an example, he tells of an old  servant's giving him a sum of money for the monastery. This, the elder reveals, is the ideal reversal  in action; a master-servant relationship exists no longer.
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