Teachings of the Hindu Mystics

Teachings of the Hindu Mystics

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This anthology collects the most lyrical, passionate, illuminating writings of the Hindu mystical tradition. Andrew Harvey, the popular spiritual scholar and writer, has selected excerpts from ancient and contemporary sources, including extracts from the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other classical Hindu texts; the words of such venerable spiritual teachers as Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi; and the devotional poetry of Mirabai, Ramprasad, and many others. The scope of this anthology makes it a marvelous introduction to Hindu mystical literature, while the power and beauty of the language will inspire those already familiar with the genre.
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2001.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781570624490
1570624496
Branch Call Number: 294.5422 TEA
Characteristics: xxxiv, 147 pages ;,18 cm
Additional Contributors: Harvey, Andrew 1952-

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Oct 15, 2018

I bought this book because I knew I'd want to re-read it regularly. What better way to get introduced to the value and variety within what's called "Hinduism" (but is really the long history of one of humankind's most experienced regions of cultural experience, India), than reading some of the most profound, clear and relevant thoughts from a wide variety of cherished souls from India's long history? A great way to set aside 15 minutes any day to pull it all together with some daily contemplations.

Each entry is typically from one to three pages long. Authors include Mirabai, Vivekananda, Ramakrishna, Aurobindo, Ramprasad, Rabindranath Tagore, Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Kabir, Jnaneshwar, Mahadeviyakka, Tukaram and selections from the Vedas and Upanishads.

There's a very enlightening Introduction of 22 pages that fills in some of the historical context and developments of currents of thought and behavior going on throughout the collection as it sweeps through historical backgrounds.

Highly recommended for everyone............. this is very much a "universal" book and after reading it repeatedly for over two years now, I can't say that it's a "religion" book at all, as that term is known in the west. I'm not a Hindu, nor am I Christian, Jew or Muslim. This book is a treasure collection. It's very practical, these insights and lessons from activist souls of the past are relevant to human behavior every day, and especially in our world in the west full of crisis, instability, some post-consumerist decay and seeking of meaning and purpose, and lots of promising emerging alternatives capable of creating healthy, happy, intelligent, comprehensive, sustainable living on this planet.

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