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About the Author

Stephen Mitchell's many books include the bestselling Tao Te Ching, Gilgamesh, and The Second Book of the Tao, as well as The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, The Gospel According to Jesus, Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Job, and Meetings with the Archangel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (May 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060923202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060923204
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my opinion the bits and pieces of the Whole that are contained in this book are a tasty feast for the hungry mind. A veritable smorgasbord of heavenly and earthly delights. A little Heraclitus, Plato, Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, Rumi, Eckhart, Dame Julian, Blake, Chief Seattle, Emerson, Einstein, and others. A portion of the Upanishads, the Judeo-Christian Bible, the Hermetic Writings, the Diamond Sutra, and what we have here is truth, truth, and more truth. If you want an excellent sampling of universal truth as expressed by some of our world's greatest heart-minds then this is a good book for you. And for me.

Sampler:

Ramana Maharshi:

"If the mind is happy, not only the body but the whole world will be happy. So one must find out how to become happy oneself. Wanting to reform the world without discovering one's true self is like trying to cover the whole world with leather to avoid the pain of walking on stones and thorns. It is much simpler to wear shoes".

Dogen:

"Gaining enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon doesn't get wet; the water isn't broken... The whole moon and the sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass".

Einstein:

"A human being is a part of the whole that we call the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical illusion of his consciousness. This illusion is a prison to us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for only the few people nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living beings and all of nature".

Rumi:

"The Love-Religion has no code or doctrine. Only Love".
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I found this book on accident several years into my journey, and found it to be a most intriguing work. If you already claim to know the truth, the whole truth, and everyone else falls short, this book will no doubt offend your sensibilities. However if every day is a learning experience for you, and you listen to the " still, small voice within", you will no doubt recognize the transparent thread which connects all the passages in Gods love. No matter how many times I read and reread it, as my perspective grows, so do I find new teachings to inspire and motivate me.
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Compiled to appeal to the masses it is a very impressive effort . The introduction given to each section seems to restrict the understanding and guide ones thought in a particular area, it is my humble feeling that this kind of literature needs no introduction. The way it has been combined have an out of the world effect.Best work.I love it
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In fairness, some of the chapters in the book explore deep wisdom. But so many others are fluff passing itself off as solid truth. The reason: Stephen Mitchell, who picked what would get in and what didn't (and did a fair amount of the translating), doesn't know the difference between enlightenment and dissociation. Sometimes he really does touch on truth and wisdom (at least insofar as I see it as such), but all too often he gets hooked on yet another "great mind" who's out to "rise above life's sorrows," "conquer the Self," and be "at one with Nature" without having done the hard work to get there... Nary a mention of resolving traumas, opening up the deep channel to the self by resolving the very things that block our connection with it.

He doesn't realize that dissociation mimics enlightenment. If you split off from your traumas and bury them deep you really can seem to be at peace, and have that ever-present Buddha smile on your face. One wonders if the Buddha's smile was borne of dissociation. Certainly no lack of his followers have taken that path---yet just below the surface are cannonballs waiting to explode.

At times Stephen Mitchell, with his knack for writing annoying, all-too-clever little chapter intros that thankfully are italicized so they're easy to root out and skip over, also gravitates toward "enlightened minds" who just write nonsensical mishmash. Take his chapter by Franz Kafka. Half the stuff in it is unintelligible---yet its cleverness clearly has Mitchell hooked.

Three last gripes:

1. Although I liked the chapters by the two American Indians, especially the Seneca chief, I didn't find them so enlightened.
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I adore this collection of spiritual and religious texts! It is so amazing in fact, that I just purchased it's companion "The Enlightened Heart" Do yourself a favor and BUY this immediately if you are interested in spirituality, religions, anything really. It makes you appreciate humanity so much more!
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i love this book. i read it every morning after i meditate. its deep and gives much insight into how much all understanding of God are alike. there are writings from all kinds of people. its fun and yet very deep. i would highly recommend this book to anyone who is unafraid to open their minds to other ways of seeing the divine..
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