- Paperback: 149 pages
- Publisher: Heartsfire Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1889797227
- ISBN-13: 978-1889797229
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,873,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sacred Life Holy Death : Seven Stages of Crossing the Divide Paperback – April 1, 1999
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Diane Longeway, LMSW, Hospice Team Leader, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
This great mystery at the heart of the human condition fuels our curiosity and unease; it also makes bestsellars out of some books which pander to popular interest by recylcing generic tales of being surrounded by light and flooded with a pervasive feeling of love. Now a slim volume by a small publisher has contributed something noteworthy to the literature. Robert Boldman had a NDE himself at five, and in the decades since has devoted himself to understanding the transition between life and death, through his work with the dying and his study of various wisdom traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, and Christianity. He now sees the NDE "more as a revelation on the way to live rather than solely a vision of death," for, as he notes, "the voices of countless near-death survivors (tell us) to infuse every act in our life with love. What the NDE teaches us, Boldman writes, is that "in the transition from life to death, all spiritual wisdom is briefly exposed, inviting us to reunite our inner self with the divine. This idea is examined most starlingly in a chapter on "shabd yoga," a form of meditation which he says, "teaches us the art of self-willed death for the purpose of bringing one closer to God." Throughout the book, which is refreshingly free of facile answers and pop-psychology platitudes, Boldman offers an erudite yet engaging meditation on knowing the "something" of which the mystical poet Kabir said, "He who knows it,/will never die;/He who knows it not,/dies again and again."
Mr. Boldman has written one of the most profound discourses on the spiritual meaning of the near-death experience I've yet seen. His book brims with important new insights into this phenomenon, and I recommend it to all who would seek to extract the deepest wisdom that the near-death experience has to teach us.
Anyone who reads this compelling ground-breaking volume will greatly expand her or his understanding of the profound reverberations of living, dying, and loving. A truly compassionate and stimulating accomplishment.