“Elder Joseph’s move to this rough place did not please the subterranean demons who wanted the caves for themselves. They begin to disturb Geronda on a daily basis. Later he would tell his disciples: “When you came here you’ve found everything ready. If you only knew what I went through in the beginning here from the demons! The priests in the world exorcise the demons and command them to go to deserted places which is why they all piled up here! If you only knew what I went through!” But he was implying was that if his disciples had arrived back then they would not have lasted. In order to ruin Geronda’s vigil the demons started waking him up with noises every evening after sleeping for only an hour or an hour and a half.”
Elder Joseph the Hesychast
~My Elder Joseph