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Published by Catholic Book Club in London .
Written in English

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Number of Pages140
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Open LibraryOL13933486M

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Mysticism is "a constellation of distinctive practices, discourses, texts, institutions, traditions, and experiences aimed at human transformation, variously defined in different traditions.". This book reviews the works of the greatest Western mystics. The author's goal is to guide her readers on a journey toward mystical consciousness, to teach them to see the eternal beauty beyond and beneath apparent ruthlessness. ( views) Nature Mysticism by J. Edward Mercer - George Allen & Co, The subject of this book is Nature. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism is not an interfaith book per se: it really is intended to serve as an introduction to the distinctively Christian expression of mysticism. But it is written as a contribution to an understanding of spirituality that is both deep (as in deeply-rooted in the Christian path) and inclusive (open to the wisdom of /5(79). It is a book on mysticism by a mystic. If we're going to read a book about France, we'll probably learn more from an author who has left Kansas. The book also addresses the issues that have arisen in the academic discussion of mysticism. Forman very patiently answers the arguments of the by:

Academic study of Jewish mysticism, especially since Gershom Scholem's Major Trends in Jewish Mysticism (), distinguishes between different forms of mysticism across different eras of Jewish history. Of these, Kabbalah, which emerged in 12th-century Europe, is the most well known, but not the only typologic form, or the earliest to emerge. Evelyn Underhill (b. 6 Dec. , d. 15 Jun ) was an English Anglo-Catholic writer who wrote extensively on Christian mysticism. A pacifist, novelist, and philosopher, she was widely read during the first half of the 20th century. This work, Mysticism, is not a textbook of the subject.   The best books on mysticism come in two categories: books about Mysticism and books by Great Mystics. Obviously books about mysticism are scholarly erudite tomes trying to understand the meanings of mystical experiences, captured in prose and poet. In Tantric mysticism the body of the deity may be visualized as being composed of alphabetic letters or as assuming a specific posture—holding a jar of nectar or a book, for example. The mental image serves as a focus for the contemplation of pure consciousness, and a mystical reduction of experience to pure consciousness may ensue.

Mysticism is at the heart of all the great religions: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, etc. Having read many books on mysticism over the past 50 years I can say that the two books - 'Mysticism' and 'Practical Mysticism' by Evelynn Underhill - are by far the clearest, best researched and most profound that I have come across/5(93).   Practical Mysticism by Evelyn Underhill was an English writer and pacifist known for her many works on religion and spiritual practice, in particular Christian was one of the most widely read writers on such matters in the first half of the twentieth century. The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels Between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism is a book by physicist Fritjof Capra. It was a bestseller in the United States and has been published in 43 editions in 23 languages. The fourth edition in English was published in 2 Acclaim and : Fritjof Capra. Mysticism dominated in the symbolic philosophy of ancient Egypt. The Taoism of the Chinese philosopher Lao-tze is a system of metaphysics and ethics in which Mysticism is a fundamental element (cf. De Harlez, "Laotze, le premier philosophe chinois", in "Memoires couronnes et autres de l'Academie", Brussels, January, ).