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The Book of Mirdad: The Strange Story of a Monastery Which was Once Called The Ark Paperback – July, 2002

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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 grew up in a small Orthodox Christian community in Lebanon. After studying in Russia, Naimy moved to New York where he was part of the Lebanese literary group with included Kahil Gibran. He wrote this book in English on his return to Lebanon after World War II, and is now acknowledged as one of Lebanon's leading poets. He died some years ago.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Watkins Publishing Limited; New edition edition (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842930389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842930380
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,411,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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An engaging allegory of the journey of the Soul through earthly existence.....the author seems to understand the mystical path and describes some of the common experiences/perceptions through which mankind passes along the way. Like this book and re-read every few years.
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This is one of the most beautiful and insightful spiritual books I have read, and I've read a lot of them. An absolute must for any library, this book takes the best tenets of the great teachings from all the world religions, including Christianity, and ties them all together into a beautiful allegory that makes it easy to understand - and better yet, to integrate into one's daily life. There are many lessons to be learned within these pages, and it is wondrously written. Highly recommended reading.
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