- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: Unlimited Publishing LLC; 1st edition (July 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1588321002
- ISBN-13: 978-1588321008
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,984,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Return to the One: Plotinus's Guide to God-Realization 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
A serious student of meditation, metaphysics, and philosophy for over thirty years, Brian Hines also is the author of "God's Whisper, Creation's Thunder" and "Life is Fair."
Top customer reviews
One of the reasons I like digital books is the ability to highlight text and passages as a way to go back and browse over those notable moments when a certain "Aha!" moment comes across.
This was a problem here. Even though I'm only 20% through this book, every other page is brimming with yellow highlights.
Plotinus, a la Mr. Hines, you quench this seeker's thirst.
So many books and writings on spiritual pursuits amount to what Alan Watts would describe as "fingers which point the way, but rather than being followed,are sucked for comfort". This exposé relentlessly places you squarely in the center of oneself and provides the ultimate irreducible sense of Truth-- and for this reader, produces the impetus and willingness to discover and explore one's connection to the Infinite One with a gentle yet exuberant gravitas.
The finger pointing the way doesn't get any clearer than this.
To make review more complete, I will add something related to question of more specific practices that will lead seeker towards Reality, or the One.
In chapter "From Forms to the Formless" author Brian Hines quotes Pierre Hadot:
"No systematic treatise codifying the instructions and techniques for spiritual exercises has come down to us. However, allusions to one or other of such inner activities are very frequent in the writings of Roman and Hellenistic periods. It thus appears that these exercises were well known, and that it was enough to allude to them, since they were part of daily life in the philosophical schools. They took the place within a traditional course of oral instruction."
And Mr. Hines continues: "So it is likely that we will never know the exact means by which Plotinus and his students aimed to accomplish the ends set forth in Enneads."
In a book "The Light on the Path" by Mabel Collins, are given the rules that have to be followed by all genuine seekers after Truth. Requirements are also given what one has to achieve (at least in considerable measure) before oral instruction can be safely given by a teacher who already knows Reality. The rules are quite opposite to human worldly view - and could be described as what I think Brian Hines says - negative way. First three rules given are: 1 Kill out ambition. 2 Kill out desire for life. 3 Kill out desire for comfort.
Fourth rule is longer, so I will quote just initial sentences: 4 Work as those who are ambitious. Respect life as those who desire it. Be happy as those who live for happiness.
Light On The Path and Through the Gates of Gold
That said, I generally found it an interesting and pleasant read. I can highly recommend to the "spiritual but not religious" crowd interested in exploring some inclusive and non-dogmatic philosophies.