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Paths to Transcendence: According to Shankara, Ibn Arabi & Meister Eckhart (Spiritual Masters) Paperback

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  • Series: Spiritual Masters
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: World Wisdom (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941532976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941532976
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Shah-Kazemi] analyses as `case studies' the writings of what are by general scholarly agreement understood to be the three most outstanding (if not necessarily unvaryingly orthodox) representatives of the mystical traditions of three of the world's great religions, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, from the perspective of the `Perennialist' or `Traditionalist' school in the philosophy of religion.... Shah-Kazemi's book is a very welcome addition to the study of comparative mysticism. -- Eckhart Review 2007

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The aim of this book is to contribute to the elucidation of an important but much neglected theme in comparative religion and mysticism: that of transcendence. More specifi cally, we intend to shed light on the meaning of transcendence both in itself and as the summit of spiritual realization; thus, both as a metaphysical principle and as a mystical attainment, our principal concern being with the concrete dimensions of the spiritual paths leading to what we shall be calling here "transcendent realization." What we wish to offer is an interpretive essay on this theme, taking as our starting point what three of the world’s greatest mystics have said or written on this subject.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By on May 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
This long-awaited book certainly represents one of the more important work recently released by World Wisdom.

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 ....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fabio Almeida on June 6, 2010
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This is one of the most edifying books I have ever read. The author studies carefully the principles of the teachings of Shankara, Ibn Arabi and Meister Eckhart concernng Transcendence, showing astounishing similarities between them. The language is clear and the text very elucidative. In fact, taking in account the complexity of the subject, the text is an example of superb writing skills, bringing to comprehension notions and concepts that sometimes are extremely subjective and, as seen in History, not always understood. In my opinion, It is truly an excellent manual for people trying to understand the unitive and universal truth behind the veil of every tradition.
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10 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. D. White on June 28, 2009
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This "book" is a barely readable college thesis. It's writing is hopelessly and needlessly convoluted.

Many, many sentences are more than 100 words in length. This one is a randomly selected example: "Each element negates the non-transcendent dimensions that are implicit or conceivable in one or both of the other elements: to say that the Absolute is "Reality" means that its being "never fails," in contrast the forms of things which, being modifications, are existent at one time, only to "fail" at some other time; since, however, this may imply that the Absolute is a non-conscious material cause, the the term Knowledge ..." This sentence goes on for another forty or fifty words!

Yes, even messy sentences like this one can be understood if they are carefully parsed by the reader. But, I think it is the author's job to parse his own thoughts and and then put them into a reasonably readable form.
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