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Andrew Harvey, is a poet, writer, teacher, mystic, and author of many books, including A Journey in Ladakh and Return of the Mother. An ex-fellow of All Soul's College, Oxford, and currently visiting professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Harvey has a loyal following among both spiritual and mainstream literary audiences.
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Product Details

  • Series: Essential
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (March 21, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062513796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062513793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #570,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is an easy read and offers practical insights to numerous mystical traditions. It opens with Native American "voices" telling us that we have to re-connect with nature and the "majesty of the universe." It touches on eight paths to a more spiritual life, and explains how many of the traditions interrelate. This book is for the seeker with few preconceived ideas and opinions about what is Truth. It assists those interested in integrating ideas from various cultures into any of the mainstream religions.
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If it were not for this book, I would never have encountered the wealth of mystical traditions of different religions in my home town in dreary West Texas. Now I find it more of an introduction rather than anything else. There are sections devoted to different religious traditions, beginning in a somewhat chronological order.

The section on Tribal and Aboriginal mysticism is extremely insightful on the ideas of animism and respect for nature.

Hinduism is my second favorite section. It is by this book I was introduced to the wonderful insights of Sri Aurobindo Ghose. The little excerpts I read opened my mind to this giant of Vedantic thought. After this, I purchased the Life Divine and Savitri, which have been among the most impactful pieces of literature on my life's view.

The sections on Buddhism, Taoism, Greek Religion, and Islam were deeply insightful. I was also introduced to the Sufi mystic Ibn Arabi who has also been an inspiration in my life.

Judaism in this book is more focused on the idea of rabbinic traditions, also including Kabbalah. The selections were adequate to gain a grasp of the concepts of the mystical tradition but are rather lacking.

The section on Christianity is my personal favorite with the variety of content. One can see how the idea of a personal relationship with God emerge and evolve over the history of the Church and more recent movements. The selection from John Ruusbroec is very deep. Usual mystics such as St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross were prevalent. Some protestant mystics were included, along with some quotes of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and also Bede Griffiths on the uniformity of mystical experience between faiths.

Nevertheless the book is a great buy, not too expensive but a great start for those interested in approaching some mystical path. There is a bibliography included for the original and/or related texts of those presented in the book.
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This wide-ranging anthology collects all the essential texts and themes of great mystic traditions of the world -- from Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, and Christian to Hopi, Hindi, Islamic, Sikh, Aboriginal, and Kogi. Provides analysis and historical information with special attention to the sacred feminine mystics. Well introduced with important historical information. This is an approachable guide to the unique and inspiring personalities that define the mystical experience.
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This is a excellent presentation of mystic in the world's wisdom traditions. It is insightful and helpful in understanding mysticism. It is inspiring to those who wish to become more spiritual in their actions and thoughts. I highly recommend it to those on a spiritual path.
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The ordered this through Amazon as new and not as used (if I remember correctly). This book condition was what really made me angry. The book looked as if it was photocopied, printed, and bonded cheaply into this book. The pages were too dark to read sometimes, and you could see the page folds printed on the book it self. I'm not sure how to really describe this, but ALL the pages in this book looked like when you take a page, scan it, photo copy it, fax it, and makes the page into that dark-gray hard-to-read sort of condition, and then proceeded to bind all the pages together by glue. I felt like I was reading a boot legged version of the original copy. I ended up buying the original copy in person because I could not enjoy the book that Amazon gave me in this horrendous condition. The thing was that I didn't even enjoy this book to the fullest. The book seemed to point out passages that I could have easily come to my own, and also made conclusions that were...easy to get to. I assumed this book was a selection of the mystical traditions, as well as an analysis, but it was more or so of a background of the mystical traditions and passages from them. I expected to learn something new from this, but I did not. Now I have two books that I do not really enjoy.
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