- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Piatkus Books (October 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0749917768
- ISBN-13: 978-0749917760
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to World Mysticism Paperback – October, 1998
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As it is said, "less is more," and this cliche in particular rings quite true throughout the pages of this book. The authors did not have to cram down our throats the obvious truth that there are to be found numerous commonalities in most major religions...thereby making it apparent to even the most casual observer that there are absolute Truths to be found, in one form or another, in all worthy sects. (Though what truly makes a sect worthy? Not the point, and I digress.)
That we derived as a species in our various race-forms with consistent, unchanging and uncontested beliefs is compelling and convicting. This book will appeal to all those eager to study religion, as well as to those who wish to explore mysticism and the truths thereof on a higher, more academic (and experential) level.
There is plenty of information on all the major religions plus at the end of the book mysticism outside religion. I feel that's important for people who are turned off by all religion. Read this book and find your own path or make your own.
It's written in an easy flowing style with tidbits of information that I was unfamiliar with. Anyone who desires to know God without dead dogmatic thoughts and lifeless creeds and allows them to be free to explore their inner life I recommend this book to read and own. Fascinating!
Chapter 1) Mysticism and Religion
Chapter 2) Shamanic Mysticism
Chapter 3) Hindu Mysticism
Chapter 4) Buddhist Mysticism
Chapter 5) Taoist Mysticism
Chapter 6) The Mystery Schools
Chapter 7) Jewish Mysticism
Chapter 8) Christian Mysticism
Chapter 9) Islamic Mysticism
Chapter 10) Mysticism Outside Religion
Chapter 11) The Essence of Mysticism
Chapter 12) Living Mysticism
The book is well illustrated with relevant line drawings and beautiful color full page plates. There is a detailed historical timeline, bibliography, and full index.
There are no "secrets" here, but then there are no secrets. Realization cannot be forced or demanded, as the authors tell us, but arises natural and spontaneously by Grace- providing we can at least temporarily manage to get our little ego out of the way.
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This is a brilliant and wonderful book on world mysticism. Mystics exist in every culture on the globe.Published on July 5, 2014 by ChaosTech
This book celebrates the riches of the many different mystical traditions-both religious and secular-from around the globe. Read morePublished on April 13, 2009 by Jusuf Hariman