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Interior Castle Paperback – January 4, 1972
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“Mirabai Starr is revolutionizing our relationship with the great mystics. Her gorgeous translation of The Interior Castle is an instant classic. Starr has the poet’s ear and meditative depth to do perfect justice to Teresa’s priceless guide.” –Tim Farrington, author of The Monk Downstairs --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Teresa wrote reluctantly and felt that she had little to offer that had not already been said. She believed that "Our Lord will be granting me a great favour if a single one of these nuns should find that my words help her to praise Him a little better." She focuses on the beauty of the soul and laments that we spend so much attention on our physical body and so little on the divine spark that is within.
Teresa focuses on gaining self-knowledge, but not in the way we in the 21st century interpret that term. For her, self-knowledge means coming to know the soul within. It means understanding our dependence on God and gaining humility by acknowledging that we are nothing without Him. The route to self-knowledge and entry into the interior castle comes through prayer and meditation. As one progresses through the mansions, one comes to know and long for God more and more and to reject the world and its attractions.Read more ›
Teresa lived at time shortly after the explusion of the Jews from Spain (which occurred in 1492). Her own family was a converso family; hence, there were different dimensions to the wariness of the powers in the culture toward her activities. Being a woman at the time didn't help matters, either, as she defied the stereotypes in several ways, by seeking education and leadership opportunities, all the while being part of the discalced Carmelites, who strive to cultivate humility and poverty.
Teresa's life was not an easy one; she suffered physical ailments and political difficulties. However, she was also a sought-after advisor, spiritual leader, and fairly prolific author. Her various writings made her famous in her own day, but the towering achievement that has lasted over time is without doubt 'Interior Castle'. This text shows a spiritual journey on the inside, developing different walks through aspects of spiritual life and prayer developed in seven stages, or mansions.
The life of prayer is the castle, with seven stages of development. The first three stages are pieces that humankind can practice with their own efforts; the final four stages are those which are given from God, and God alone - no human effort can reach these places.Read more ›
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This was given as a gift. Recipient thoroughly enjoyed this book. I cannot give spoilers or anything as I haven't read it myself. :)Published 12 days ago by S. Beyer
Famous mystic because her emotion and her meditation techniques are still relatable to people today in the quest to get closer to God in their everyday lives.Published 1 month ago by thirdtwin
I'm so disappointed that I have to discard this book and buy a real translation. I found that she removed references to the devil and replaced them with "spirit of evil". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ron Popeil
Thinking about purchasing this book? Consider yourself blessed; you are led here for a reason. Interior Castle is a love story; an intimate longing and love between you and your... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elizabeth Sifuentes
Very heavy read but by sticking to it you will finally understand the 3 basic messages that are encapsulated by St. Teresa in this lengthy essay.Published 9 months ago by Very Satisfied