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The Mummery Book: A Parable of the Divine True Love, Told by Means of a Self- Illuminated Illustration of the Totality of Mind Hardcover – November, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dawn Horse Press (November 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570971757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570971754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,264,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“If Dylan Thomas and Buddha shared a soul, 'The Mummery Book' is what I would expect from such a joining.” --—Robert Boldman author, The Alchemy of Love: The Pilgrimage of Sacred Discovery

Those familiar with contemporary philosophy will recognize methodological and thematic parallels with the work of Nietzche, Heidegger, and Derrida (...) --—Frederick M. Dolan, PhDAssociate Professor of Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley

... one will turn to it again and again for the insight and pleasure it offers --Frederick M. Dolan, PhDAssociate Professor of Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for "The Mummery Book" "If Dylan Thomas and Buddha shared a soul, 'The Mummery Book' is what I would expect from such a joining. The book transports the reader across an enlightened domain at the periphery of the rational, linear mind.... —ROBERT BOLDMAN Poet; author, The Alchemy of Love and Sacred Life, Holy Death: Seven Stages of Crossing the Divide

"This book pierces the mind with strange elation. The terrible beauty of the writing is stark and urgent. It confounds the ordinary mind while breaching the passes to something deeper...." —GEOFFREY GUNTHER, PH.D. Author of "Shakespeare as Traditional Artist"

"'The Mummery Book' is brilliant in all its aspects. It would be hard to express my happiness at the way it breaks and exposes the heart of the world. Living and working as a writer for many decades, I have not encountered a book like this, that mysteriously and unselfconsciously conveys so much of the Unspeakable Reality." —ROBERT LAX, Poet, author, Love Had a Compass and (with Thomas Merton) A Catch of Anti-Letters

"A remarkable and profound allegory of the ultimate journey a human being might take. Certainly ranks with Faust, Siddhartha, the Bhagavad Gita and other amazing masterworks, which chronicle the awakening of the individual soul to its true Self. But, most amazing, it has been written in our own era!" —RON SOSSI Artistic Director, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble,Los Angeles, California

"Avatar Adi Da Samraj's 'The Mummery Book' is a most extraordinary novel indeed. While contemporary postmodern fiction claims to have assimilated the most daring philosophical experiments of the twentieth century, too many contemporary authors have forgotten the spiritual substance of these experiments...." —FREDERICK M. DOLAN, PH.D. Professor of Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley

"'The Mummery Book' is the epic saga of a Self-Radiant psyche on its journey to self-Transcending Realization. See It. Hear It. Consume It again and again...." —THOMAS (SIDNEY) LANIER Co-founder, The Foundation for Conscious Evolution Co-Founder, the off-Broadway American Place Theatre

"Just as I find fresh knowledge with each re-reading of Shakespeare's plays, no matter which work, each time I return to 'The Mummery Book' and its masterful boldness, the way its words startle and surprise and cry out from the heart of its Creator, I feel blessed by its beauty and I am moved by the truth that pulses through its every image." —KENNETH WELSH Actor, many roles on the stage, in movies, and on television. Recipient of six Gemini awards for excellence on Canadian Television. Honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta

"I have finished a second reading of 'The Mummery Book' and find it even more remarkable and moving. It is obviously a book with many levels: an apparently naïve level of narrative and poetic invention concerning Raymond, Quandra and his friends, inventions, followers and betrayers; an allegorical level that concerning coincidence of opposites, gender, and romantic love; a confessional level that seems to some extent private or esoteric, that concerns the education of a soul through a kind of platonic anamnesis; and a revelatory level (subsuming all other levels) concerning the nature of consciousness and how it is continually lost in the ongoing "mummery" of ego-constructed existence...." —PHILIP KUBERSKI, PH.D. Professor of English Literature, Wake-Forest University Author, The Persistence of Memory and Chaosmos: Literature, Science, and Theory


More About the Author

Adi Da was born in New York at the outbreak of World War II. From 1983 he lived principally in Fiji and became a Fijian citizen. The author of over sixty books on spirituality and a prolific artist, he also had profound attention for world affairs, particularly during the last decade of his life, as summarized in Not-Two Is Peace.
Adi Da was born in a unique spiritual state. As a young man, he immersed himself in the traditions of human wisdom and spirituality. His Western studies included university degrees--in philosophy from Columbia and in literature from Stanford. Following his university years, he intensively engaged both Western and Eastern forms of spiritual practice.
In 1970, at the age of thirty, Adi Da was re-established in the illumined condition he had known in his earliest life. He began to offer formal instruction in spiritual practice to those who came to him, creating (out of a free interactive participation with his devotees) what is now an unprecedented body of spiritual, philosophical, and practical writings (find the most current offerings at the Dawn Horse Press website), as well as an immense body of visual art (the website dedicated to Adi Da's art is called Daplastique). In 2007, his artwork was exhibited at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and subsequently in several other exhibitions, including in Florence, New York, and Los Angeles.
As spiritual teacher, artist, and "World Friend", Adi Da is not a conventional figure. He is not political in any ordinary sense of the word. Rather, his address to humanity comes from his lifelong communication of the truth of human existence. He is making clear the species-endangering forces of limitation in our world, the means to go beyond them, and the great urgency of this "going beyond".

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amber Lupton & Nathan Otto on May 14, 2012
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If you are slightly depressed or taking life too seriously, this is a must read. I had just gotten back from traveling through Israel and Palestine for two weeks when I saw this book and had to read it. I couldn't put it down. My husband (also getting back from a war torn area) and I stayed up reading The Mummery Book out loud to each other in the evenings for a week. We were completely ecstatic and it opened up both bizarre and interesting conversations. We both have a philosophical bent and love to study psychology, world religions, and new thought leaders - so we are one of those rare couples that still read together. If you're anything like us-- YOU will Love this book. Guaranteed.
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The Mummery Book: A Parable Of The Divine True Love, Told By Means Of A Self-Illuminated Illustration Of The Totality Of Mind by Adi Da Samraj (Graduate of Columbia College and Stanford) is an intimate interpretation of the mind and mind's intricacies from the depths of mind of the great modern philosopher. Questioning the entirety of the acknowledged reality we face every day, The Mummery Book reveals profound metaphysical and spiritual understandings to its involved readers. The Mummery Book is very strongly recommended to all students of philosophy, modern literature, and especially those questioning the current state of reality in which they reside.
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By Amish Lover on June 24, 2014
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This is not a quick read. . but if you're looking for profound meaning to life and fed up with all the nonsense available today, this book may be for you. Master Da is the greatest teacher in my lifetime. I love reading and absorbing everything he has spoken and written. I took this book on vacation, read it cover to cover, then read it again. I found it deeply disturbing - - the depth that Master Da can touch with words. The more I study of him the fewer people I have to talk with because no one wants to go to such depths. But I do. Anything less. . . is truly less. Read and study the works of Master Da.. open your eyes to profound Truth. Blessings.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sorek on September 5, 2006
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This was SO not a novelisation of the hilariously creative adventure film "The Mummy" with Brandon Fraser! Just some weird ramblings pieced together from various spiritual disciplines by this guru dude named Franklin Jones/Bubba/Da Free John/Adi Da Samraj/La-dee-dah whatever. Don't waste your time here. Watch "The Mummy" and have a great couple of hours of entertainment that could easily get you interested in a real and genuine field such as archaeology, Egyptology or history.
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