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The Book of Mirdad: The Strange Story of a Monastery which was Once Called The Ark [Kindle Edition]

Mikhail Naimy
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Book Description

A classic of spiritual literature - Mikhail Naimy, a contemporary of Kahlil Gibran, author of The Prophet, has woven legend, mysticism, philosophy and poetry into a powerful allegorical story that has touched the hearts of millions of readers.

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"Millions of people have tried to write books so that they can express the inexpressible, but they have utterly failed. I know only one book, The Book of Mirdad, which has not failed; and if you cannot get to the very essence of it, it will be your failure, not his." Osho "It is not for me to assess the relative literary merits of Kahlil Gibran and Mikhail Naimy; but although as a much younger man I derived immense satisfaction from reading The Prophet, I now find a much deeper wisdom in the less well known works of the Prophet's friend, Mikhail Naimy." Dr Kenneth Walker

About the Author

Mikhail Naimy was born in Baskinta, in central Lebanon. He was educated in Russia and obtained degrees in Liberal Arts and Law at the University of Washington, USA. In 1916 he moved to New York where, together with his close friend, Kahlil Gibran, he founded a dynamic movement for the rejuvenation of Arabic literature. He wrote The Book of Mirdad on his return to Lebanon after World War II. He has been described as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the 20th century. He died in 1988.

Product Details

  • File Size: 499 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars Not Enough February 18, 2007
By far, this is the best book I have ever read! I loved it so much the first time I read it that I went out and bought 10 copies and gave them to friends and family. Unfortunately, and to my greatest surprise, not everyone got the profound message in this treasure of a book. Too bad I don't have a few of those copies to sell today seeing how much the going price is for this book. In truth, although I understand the high price since this is a priceless treasure of a book, I believe it should be priced for everyone to easily obtain a copy of it.

My wife and I have read it numerous times over the years and we held it as our primary book of wisdom for our morning discourses together for years.

There is no book like this. It takes you on a journey from the first sentence and peaks at the very last word, only to continue with you changed forever for having finished it.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Classic July 15, 2002
This book first came out in 1948 and has been reprinted several times since then. It has been translated into several languages and also been turned into a play. The author was a close friend and associate of Kahlil Gibran who wrote The Prophet. The Book of Mirdad is a beautiful story containing much wisdom, which has been an inspiration to many. I am so glad it is back in print again after being hard to find for several years. This book has gone around the world and has been recommended by spiritual groups as diverse as the School of the Golden Rosycross (Lectorium Rosicrucianum) in the west and Radha Soami Satsang in the east.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ten Best Books of the World October 15, 2006
By Teerth
This book is rare and mysterious. The more one reads it the more one gets enthralled how such a work can exist. Its a lighthouse for those on the path. I myself read it innumerable times and still I can read it again.

It is universal,mysterious and does not belong to any particular ideology. Its beauty is in its mystery. Its sweetness is in its love. Its depth is in the secrets its contains. I give it five stars and more. If you are lucky the book will find you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to be read, re-read, and read again. August 30, 2012
By Adoni
The book is not for everyone. After I was done reading it the first time I gave it to a couple of my friends who seemed to be interested in everything that is discussed in the book. They gave it back not even half-finished. It is a book not to be thought too much about and analyzed, but to be read and absorbed. It is like water to me. When you drink it, you notice how good it is to you, but you don't think too much about it. The same is with this book.
Maybe it is hard for some to read because it hits straight where it hurts, the ego, and after you are done reading it you are a dizzy because your whole life, and the way you are living, is false. So it's true what it says, 'beware of it'. It is hard to read another book after this one, nothing compares to it. Thank you Mikhail Naimy.

Thanks also to Osho, whose books tremendously inspired me and where I read first about this book. Osho's books and this one by Mikhail Naimy are Highly Recommended, but will not be understood by the majority.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure indeed March 17, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book through other spiritual classics and became immediately enchanted. Rarely reading even my favorite books twice, I had to rush through this one the first time so I could read it again, again, and then again. Each chapter is sublime and exquisitely written, each one to be savored, relished, pondered. It has stilled my heart and lit up my soul.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only for the lion hearted... August 29, 2011
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Outstanding. A must on every sincere and independent spiritual seekers library and one which should be carried in one's purse for daily review... Not for the fainthearted as it encourages and requires uncoated self appraisal and strong self discipline to put its tenants into practice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read it September 24, 2013
By Joe
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One of the greatest book that has been written. It's about life and how we live it on a daily basis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Follow, Not an Easy Read "For Me" December 11, 2014
By Chris Z
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I lost interest very quickly because "I" felt it was hard to read and follow so I gave up after a few chapters. In one chapter there was a story that I could actually follow so I thought it was going to get better but it reverted back to what I was previously having trouble with so the book is now collecting dust. I am a pretty open minded and patient person but that does not mean someone else might get something out of this book that I did not. You might want to see if your local library can get a copy so you can determine if its worth the investment.
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