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The Highest State of Consciousness. Paperback – February, 1973
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Almost all of the articles are reprinted from prior sources, a few of which are still easily obtainable today but most of which are from now hard-to-find journals and magazines or rare books long out of print (a fate which this book itself seems to be undergoing), and some are even from well-nigh unobtainable sources like organizational newsletters and conference notes. The book also has a handy appendix with short biographical notes on the authors, suggested further reading, and lists of magazines and organizations dedicated to the study of higher states of consciousness.Read more ›
This book provides an exploration, by a range of authors drawn from different disciplines, of the transcendental state of being. In his Introduction the editor states that this book is about enlightenment, mystical experience or any one of many other terms that are used to describe this mental state associated with specific (mainly eastern) spiritual beliefs. Transcendence is the goal of the most devoutly religious and this book explores the way 33 different mystics and philosophers see what is often called satori, nirvana, samadhi, moksha, the tao . . . the list goes on. But this will give readers a clear indication of what this book is all about – transcendence to the spiritual state of the afterlife while still in human form on Earth.
With so many contributors to this volume I can give no more than a general overview of the book and pick out certain subjects or contributors that resonated with me. In the opening chapter, American psychologist Stanley Krippner defines twenty states of consciousness for us. The British writer and follower of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky, Kenneth Walker, sets the tone of his short contribution with a quote from Goethe: ‘The greatest happiness of the thinking man is to have fathomed those things which are fathomable and to reserve those things that are not fathomable for reverence in quietude’. Professor of linguistics and anthropologist Roger Wescott concentrates on the role of the ego and its apprehension at the prospect of death: he explores the concept of a ‘collective ego’ in our establishment of group identity.Read more ›