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It's a good book - well-written and lucid and the author does a good job of not trying to rationalize the exoteric text but to instead interpret and expound upon it's true esoteric meaning but when you read this kind of stuff, you have to do it with the understanding that most religious texts, especially those dealing with eastern mysticism, never were intended to be interpreted literally in the first place and none are free from the taint of the men that wrote these things down. So, naturally there will be contradictions and things that just don't seem to add up.
There is a wealth of universal "truth" in Vedic literature but the bulk of it is cloaked in esoteric allegory, much of which you will never really understand, no matter how much someone tries to explain it to you, unless you first understand at least the basic tenets of theosophy and the occult, which most people do not.
So, it's a book worth reading, even if you're a gross materialist just looking for something to roll your eyes and wag your finger at between kneelings at your altar of beakers and microscopes and wave-form oscillators, but what you get out of it will always be restricted, first and foremost, by how much you understand the true nature of the beliefs that underlie it.
RAISED CHRISTIAN, I NOW FAVOR THE EASTERN RELIGIONS, ESPECIALLY HINDUISM. AFTER READING TEXTS ON THE VEDANTA, UPANISHADS, ETC., I WAS LOOKING TO FIND AN AUTHOR WHO WOULD CONCEPTULALIZE THESE BELIEFS IN A SIMPLE WAY. I CAME ACROSS "HOW THE UNIVERSE WAS CREATED AND OUR PURPOSE IN IT" AND STEPHEN KNAPP. I FOUND CHAPTERS 17, 18 AND APPENDIX 3, PARTICULARILY ENLIGHTENING AND THEY SUMMARIZED A LOT OF IDEAS I HAD BEEN READING ABOUT IN MORE DETAILED PUBLICATIONS.
HIS WEB SITE "STEPHEN-KNAPP.COM" ALSO HAS NUMEROUS ARTICLES THAT CAN BE VIEWED ON-LINE OR FREELY DOWNLOADED. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH.