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Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi & Meister Eckhart (Spiritual Masters. East and West) Paperback – March 1, 2006
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Reza Shah-Kazemi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London and one of the most preeminent contemporary Perennialist writers. Although initially written as a Doctoral Thesis, this book is dedicated to the memory of Frithjof Schuon, and presented here as a demonstration of the "transcendent unity of religions" based on a comparative study of three major figures of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity (Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart) and their approach of the non-dual Absolute both at the doctrinal and practical level. Each study is divided systematically into three parts: a first one on the doctrine of the Absolute, the second one on the spiritual path and the last on the return of the God-realized man to the creatures. The book concludes on the "essential elements of communality" between the three spiritual masters. In very substantial appendices, Reza Shah-Kazemi criticizes some of the more contemporary attempts to "reduce the transcendence" by academia but also by pseudo-Perennialists such as A. Huxley.
Reza Shah-Kazemi's work is indeed both a metaphysical and erudite demonstration of such communality at the summit of the great religious traditions and a merciful response to the predominant relativism in the field of Comparative Religion. A master piece ....
The author knows the three subjects of investigation--the transcendental thought of Shankara from the Vedantin tradition, Ibn Arabi from Islamic tradition, and Meister Eckhart from the Christian tradition--quite thoroughly. There is more concentrated information in this book than one might get from a half dozen others on the same subject.
I very much recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a rigorous and yet experiential approach to religion and metaphysics.
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On the one hand, this is a good study showing how certain contemplative experiences are objective and transcend cultural time and space (useful against sloppy & amateurish writers... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SEC2014
Excellent, though at times difficult reading, this is a book well worth reading for anyone interested in the UNICITY of All.Published 20 months ago by Wandering Swan