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The Return of the Mother Paperback – Bargain Price, April 4, 1995
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About the Author
Harvey is the author of two spiritual autobiographies, A Journey in Ladakh (1983) and Hidden Journey: A Spiritual Awakening (1991). His interpretation and translations of the work of the twelfth-century Sufi mystical poet Rumi have appeared in Love’s Fire (1988), Speaking Flame (1989), and The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi (Frog, LTD., 1994). He co-edited the bestselling Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche (1991), and is co-author (with Mark Matousek) of Dialogues with a Modern Mystic (1994).
Andrew Harvey lives in San Francisco with his husband, photographer and writer Eryk Hanut, and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He travels regularly in North America, Europe, and India to study, teach, and write.
Top Customer Reviews
Furthermore I don't pretend to fully understand this book, but its message is urgent, inspiring and beautiful. And yes, personal.
Harvey brings in viewpoints from Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism with good effect. His attempts at Australian Aboriginal beliefs are less effective, with his sources being too far removed from Aboriginals themselves. His writing on other religious traditions has the immediacy of direct experience and years of study which his writing on Aborigines lacks. Perhaps Harvey could use a field trip to Australia. He also makes numerous references to other indigenous tribal cultures, but fails to explain what it is exactly that he finds so admirable about their way of embracing the Mother.
Harvey's primary argument, that we should all approach the Divine directly rather than through gurus is obviously a backlash against his own experience with a guru-a relationship he has clearly become disenchanted with. His disillusionment with gurus threatens to overshadow the book, but ultimately does not. His point is well taken, though most people need teachers and books to guide them to a direct relationship with the Divine. The irony, of course, is that we don't need books like Harvey's if we approach the Divine directly. If we don't need teachers to show us the way, we don't need books to do so either! Harvey urges us not to deify our teachers, and to learn from his experience.Read more ›
I have to admit I wasn't familiar with the Hindu masters Ramakrishna or Aurobindo--and yet, it didn't matter. I really appreciate how Harvey looks at Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Christianity, and Buddhism to understand Mother God as well as to point out that the need for her is universal. I'm not sure why he left out Judaism, but perhaps he is simply not as familiar with the use of Shekinah to represent the divine feminism in Judaism.
The bits about his breaking with Mother Meera really didn't mean a lot to me--and honestly, I didn't find they detracted from the book. My guess is as this book was written soon after the break, it was a very painful time for him. I'm not familiar with her, so it didn't really matter to me--although I do know of people who have been hurt by gurus and other religious leaders, so simply pray that he has healed and moved on.
Andrew Harvey lives within paradox. He constantly celebrates the union of masculine&feminine, yin&yang, Shiva&Shakti.... while he is in a partnership with another man. Like the gay mystics Toby Johnson (...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting book, this, both for the wealth of information it provides about ecstatic Mother cults as for the imperfections of its author. Read morePublished 7 months ago by kaioatey
This book is profoundly repetitive with only one lesson: Each of us is capable of experiencing a direct connection with god, who is a mother source for Harvey, if we are willing to... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Just An Ordinary Gal
Men and women sympathetic to feminism (and even post colonialism) should read this book... the book expands one's consciousness.Published 14 months ago by K. Sankaran
Before Harvey launched his guru career he was a very brilliant scholar. That shows in this book which is erudite and flavored with well chosen poetry. Read morePublished 19 months ago by cyberdiction
This book is filled with information about many different paths of the Sacred which Andrew personally experienced first hand that anyone reading the book will have a first class... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Bruce Harrow
This book is so potent in its rendering of the larger picture of who we are
I can only read a few pages at a time.
Andrew Harvey's scholarship, passion and mysticism is exceptionally brilliant and inspirational.Published 23 months ago by Brent Mathieu
Reading it for the second time and experiencing it like the first time. Andrew's insights into others' writings delivers a diversity of rich spirituality.Published on December 1, 2013 by Paula J Fardulis